Application Process

The Green Key application process consists of three part parts

  1. Sending the application documents
  2. Receiving the audits
  3. Decision by Green Key National or International Jury/Steering Committee

1. Application documents

  • Ahead of the first award, the applicant establishment sends in a completed application form and all required supplementary documents.
  • Ahead of subsequent awards, the applicant establishment sends in updates to the application material.

2. Audits

  • Onsite audits to the applicant establishments are carried out in year 1 (before first award), in year 2 and thereafter every third year.
  • Offsite audits are carried out in the years without onsite audits.

3. Decision making

  • In countries with a national Green Key programme, a National Jury/Steering Committee decides on the Green Key awards (either at specific meetings or on a continuous basis)
  • In countries without a national Green Key programme, the International Steering Commiteee decides on the Green Key Awards (on a continuous basis)

General application process

  • The establishment contacts Green Key.
  • The establishment sends the completed application form (including supplementary documents) and pays the fees.
  • The establishment receives an onsite visit by an auditor.
  • The application and audit report is presented to a National or International Jury/Steering Committee for a decision.
  • If approved, the awarded establishment receives the plaque, certificate and (if purchased) the flag.
  • The Green Key award is valid for 12 months and must be renewed annually.
  • In the following years with onsite audits (year 2 and every third year): Before the end of the year of award, the awarded establishment sends updates to the application material, pays the fees and receives an onsite audit. The application and audit report is presented for a National or International Jury/Steering Committee for a decision.
  • In the years without onsite audits: Before the end of the year of award, the awarded establishment sends updates to the application material and pays the fees. The application and audit report is evaluated and decided upon.

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