Expert Groups

Advancing sustainability in golf takes the coordinated input of leading expertise from across the industry and beyond.  

Since 2006 GEO has been convening and facilitating meetings, workshops and considerable online consultation across the priority issues and activities pertinent to sustainability in golf. 

In 2010 GEO began the process of transforming best practices into more clearly defined and visibly recognized Voluntary Sustainability Standards for Golf (VSS), following the ISEAL Codes of Best Practice, the leading approach for credibility in sustainability standard setting and certification. 

The outcome after working collaboratively with dozens of organizations and hundreds of people around the world, is an advanced set of voluntary standards, making the golf industry the only sport in the world to have standards and a sustainability certification recognized by ISEAL.

Golf’s standard setting and certification work is now moving even further forward to full ISEAL membership and to become an undeniable leader in sustainability across sport, land management, business and society at large.

To evolve and extend the capacity and platform, ensuring effective collaboration and input into standard setting in the years ahead, new expert working groups have been named, for the areas of Golf Club and Course Operations, Golf Developments and Renovations, and Golf Tournaments.