Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #17

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In the past months, we presented all 17 SDGs and explained their connection to Green Key. Today we talk about the last goal, SDG 17!


In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into a safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 17: "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development"

Green Key’s global profile involves cooperation and partnerships between multiple stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors at various levels: At the local level between staff, guests, suppliers and the surrounding community and at the national and international level between NGOs, corporate partners, authorities and other partners involved in sustainable tourism. 

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 17?

  • Through Green Key's National Operators in 40 countries, Green Key encompasses a global network of sustainable tourism experts that share their experiences, knowledge and ideas within the programme
  • In most countries that run the Green Key programme, national juries composed of multiple stakeholders take the decision on the award which ensures a broad and independent verification of the award
  • All Green Key awarded establishments must establish an active collaboration with relevant local stakeholders to enhance the active role the establishment plays in creating environmental awareness in the local and in promoting environmentally friendly practices among their collaboration partners (criterion 1.6)
  • The programme enhances the partnership between the awarded establishments and the local community by:
    • actively supporting green activities or initiatives for social community development including, among others, education, health, sanitation and infrastructure (criterion 11.4)
    • offering the means for local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history, and culture (criterion 11.5)
    • preventing conflicts between indigenous and local communities and tourists with the help of a code of conduct for activities in respective communities (criterion 11.6)
    • purchasing local and fair-trade services and goods

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.