SGS represents Green Key at APAC Hotel Management summit in Shanghai

SGS, the world’s largest auditing company, and Green Key partner since 2014 promoted the Green Key programme at the APAC Management summit in Shangai on 19 November 2015. 

SGS was invited to attend the APAC Hotel Management & Technology Summit in Shanghai on November 19, 2015 to share its experience and expertise in this sector. The aim of the event was to share information about new technologies and how to enhance operations to drive growth in hospitality. More than 150 delegates joined the summit from travel and hospitality providers, including major hotel brands.

In his speech, Peter Hvidberg shared the latest trends in hospitality, introduced the risks that exist in the industry and ways for businesses to protect their brands. At the same time, he also shared case studies on how SGS has helped hotels to enhance their operations. Peter’s speech attracted participants’ attention and they were quite impressed with SGS’s one stop services for safety, service, sustainability and security.

At the SGS stand, SGS staff promoted the Green Key programme, providing information about the requirements and advantages of the eco-label. 

The cooperation between Green Key and SGS is developing

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 ( at Green Key International.

You are also welcome to contact SGS national affiliates in South & East Asia and Africa & Indian Ocean:

Indonesia: David Situmorang (
India: Arup Jana (
Thailand and Cambodia: Wansongkran Naktongtip (
Malaysia: Amy Yip (
Philippines: Emily Pascua (
Vietnam: Kieu Hanh (
China: Aileen Ma (
Hong Kong: Miranda Kwan (   Taiwan: Eric Huang (
Egypt: Ashraf Elzoheiry (
Mauritius and Indian Ocean: Daniel Julie (
Kenya and Zambia: Solomon Onyango (
South Africa: Marina Sander (