In a significant milestone for its ecolabel, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) has been accepted as an ISEAL Alliance associate member. This follows a rigorous formal evaluation by ISEAL, the global leader in defining credibility in sustainability standards systems. GEO Certified™ is the only sustainability standard in the sports industry to achieve this distinction.
Speaking about the decision, ISEAL’s Executive Director, Karin Kreider, said, “The work GEO is doing to foster progress in the golf industry is impressive and a sign that sustainability standards can be applied in many sectors to help improve and recognize environmental and social performance.”
GEO joins a group of just less than two dozen global standards organisations that address a variety of critical sustainability issues to achieve ISEAL membership.
“While golf may not seem an obvious fit amongst the rest of the ISEAL Alliance, the hundreds of thousands of people responsible for managing the land and the businesses that provide for the game have long understood their connection with nature and communities. Golf is a prime example of a managed landscape that can have a net positive impact for people and wildlife,” explains Gordon Shepherd, GEO Board Member and Policy Advisor to WWF International.
ISEAL Alliance associate membership facilitates a transition to full membership and compliance with ISEAL’s internationally recognized Codes of Good Practice. ISEAL members are brought together by their commitment to delivering positive impact, embracing credible practices and improving with like-minded peers.