In December 2014, Green Key entered an agreement with the world’s largest auditing company, SGS. Since then, the two parties have been busy developing the cooperation.
Besides mutual recognition, the agreement between SGS and Green Key involves the engagement of attracting additional hotels to Green Key in countries without a Green Key national operator.
SGS auditors in countries in South and East Asia (Indonesia, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, China/Hong Kong and Taiwan) and countries in Africa and Indian Ocean (Egypt, Mauritius, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa) have received training in the Green Key criteria and audit procedure.
SGS is already conducting other types of audits in many hotels, and the company will now be able to conduct the Green Key audit to the hotels expressing interest in Green Key. Green Key International will be in charge of the management of the Green Key programme in countries without a national operator, while SGS will be doing the audits for Green Key.
The cooperation has already led to interest from a number of hotels in South/East Asia and Africa/Indian Ocean, but hotels in other countries without a national operator can also now directly contact Green Key International with the interest to join Green Key.
The cooperation between Green Key and SGS is also developing in some countries with a Green Key national operator. In Bulgaria, Green Key and SGS has signed a mutual agreement, where SGS will attract hotels to Green Key and conduct audits on behalf of Green Key in Bulgaria.
If you are a hotel or other tourism facility wishing to join Green Key, please contact Finn Bolding Thomsen (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) at Green Key International.
You are also welcome to contact SGS national affiliates in South & East Asia and Africa & Indian Ocean:
Indonesia: David Situmorang (email@example.com)
India: Arup Jana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thailand and Cambodia: Wansongkran Naktongtip (email@example.com)
Malaysia: Amy Yip (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Philippines: Emily Pascua (email@example.com)
Vietnam: Kieu Hanh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
China: Aileen Ma (email@example.com)
Hong Kong: Miranda Kwan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Taiwan: Eric Huang (email@example.com)
Egypt: Ashraf Elzoheiry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mauritius and Indian Ocean: Daniel Julie (email@example.com)
Kenya and Zambia: Solomon Onyango (firstname.lastname@example.org)
South Africa: Marina Sander (email@example.com)