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Explanation of the set of criteria

Definitions and further explanations per criteria
More information on each criteria in the benchmark can be found here.


Economic domain


Number of rounds

Every round of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given order. A 'round' typically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout. The SGP requests the total number of rounds of golf played over the last year.


Employment enhances the workforce of the golf course.  Number of people in workforce, including employees;  volunteers, and contracted labor.


Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight. The highest governance body may include authorities, partners, sponsors and funders.

Strategic planning

This section is intended to provide a high-level, strategic view of the golf course’s relationship to sustainability.

The golf course should present the overall vision and strategy for the short-term, medium-term (e.g., 3-5 years), and long-term, particularly with regard to managing the key challenges associated with economic, environmental, and social performance.

Code of conduct

Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance and the status of their implementation. Explain the degree to which these are applied across the golf course.


Environmental domain


Turf maintenance

Total size of maintained turf at the golf course, restricted use of pesticides, organic fertilizers and active protection of soil fertility.


Total weight of waste by type and disposal method, and initiatives to manage waste and their results.


Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity.

Natural resources

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation.


Direct and indirect energy consumption by primary energy source.

Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives.


Total water withdrawal by source, conservation and improvement initiatives and results. Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused.


Social domain


Local community involvement

Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs.


Average hours of training per year per employee and/or volunteer, by gender, and by employee category. 

Health and safety

Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management–worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs.

Consumer issues

Practices related to customer satisfaction, and the satisfaction of attendees and participants who are content providers, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholders are defined as entities or individuals that can reasonably be expected to be significantly affected by the golf course’s activities, products, and/or services.

The golf course should identify its stakeholders and explain how it has responded to their reasonable expectations and interests.

This could include surveys, focus groups, community panels, corporate advisory panels, written communication, management/union structures, and other vehicles.


Global Reporting Initiative definitions; GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement

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