Sustainability Connections

GEO Foundation collaborates with a range of academic institutions, governmental agencies and non-governmental bodies to ensure that golf is directly aligned to the sustainability mainstream. These relationships provide much of the inspiration, knowledge and ideas that are built into the sustainable golf solutions and GEO is also proud to share examples of golf's commitments and meaningful contributions.

Gold Standard

Our strategic partnership with fellow ISEAL Alliance member, The Gold Standard, ensures golf’s climate mitigation programme is best in class.

ISEAL Alliance

As well as being a Code Compliant Member of ISEAL, GEO Foundation also derives considerable knowledge and insights into systems-based approaches to sustainability; stakeholder engagement; monitoring and evaluation of impacts; key themes such as human rights; and how sustainability is embedded into complex supply chains.

Capitals Coalition

The Capitals Coalition is a global collaborative body that seeks to bring a more comprehensive meaning to value in decision making by integrating natural, social and human capital. The Natural Capital Protocol and the Social and Human Capital Protocol are important frameworks in our efforts to scope, quantify and improve the ecosystem service and people-related value of golf courses. GEO Foundation is part of the Capitals Coalition global community.

Race to Zero

As a signatory of this UN Climate Change initiative through the SME Climate Hub, our commitment to reducing emissions is clearly demonstrated. 

Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environment Research Foundation

STERF is a research foundation that supports existing and future R&D efforts and delivers 'ready-to-use research results'. The foundation was established by the golf federations of the Nordic countries, and the Nordic Greenkeepers' Association.

United Nations Environment Programme

GEO Foundation liaises with UNEP around activations on World Environment Day; mapping sustainable golf to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and devising campaign content relating to golf, sport and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.


The establishment of the UN Sports for Climate Framework is something we are proud to have contributed to. GEO Foundation is now actively involved in encouraging golf clubs, associations and tournaments across the sport to join and fulfil the core commitments of the Framework. 

Universita di Pisa

Hosted by the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Pisa, the Centre for Research on Turfgrass for Environment and Sports (CeRTES) has been an active player in the world of turfgrass research since 1994, with a particular focus on environmental issues and the use of turfgrass in sports.

Wetlands International

We are guided by WI guidance on wetlands conservation; help promote its mission; and where appropriate collaborate on regional projects. WI is a regular lead working group member for GEO Standards setting.

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