LOS ANGELES, California & STURTEVANT, Wisconsin – Diversey, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation, and hygiene solutions, and Green Globe Certification, the premier worldwide certification label for sustainable management of the travel and tourism industry, today announced a new global alliance to expand the availability of sustainability assessments and certifications under the Green Globe Certification seal.
Under terms of the alliance, Diversey will assist its customers in the lodging industry to prepare for the Green Globe audit process and provide consulting on sustainable business operations to help them achieve the Green Globe seal. Green Globe Certification will promote use of Diversey’s sustainable products and provide consulting on their use. Additionally, Diversey’s major business operations around the world will be certified under the Green Globe seal.
The Green Globe seal is an independent recognition of sustainability management excellence, based on internationally-accepted standards. According to Green Globe, lodging facilities that are certified by the organization have an average of:
• 3 to 7 percent higher occupancy rates;
• 7 to 11 percent lower operating costs; and
• 68 percent greater market visibility among environmentally-conscious patrons.
“This partnership further strengthens Diversey’s leadership and expertise in helping our travel and lodging customers reduce the environmental impact and improve the profitability of their operations,” said Diversey President & CEO Ed Lonergan. “Green Globe Certification is well respected and sets high standards for sustainable operations and management. We look forward to helping our customers pursue certification under the program.”
Implementation of the alliance has begun in the Asia-Pacific region, where Diversey is providing certification consulting to customers. In addition to the new alliance, Diversey’s range of sustainable products will be promoted by Green Globe as the best choice for hospitality and lodging companies to achieve the sustainability standards of the Green Globe seal.
“Diversey’s commitment to sustainability is outstanding, particularly in reducing greenhouse gases, lowering water consumption, and safeguarding marine life,” said Green Globe Certification CEO Guido Bauer. “Diversey’s employees will effectively communicate the Green Globe Certification standards and help companies through the audit process. At the same time, they have the confidence that their own company is also making a positive contribution to the planet.”
Green Globe’s certification can also be applied to general commercial facilities. In late 2010, Diversey’s operations in its South Asia Cluster, including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and India, achieved Green Globe Certification in a span of just four months. This makes Diversey the first company in its industry to achieve Green Globe Certification for a portion of its operations. Certification of other parts of Diversey’s business is ongoing.
Founded in 1993, Green Globe Certification has developed 337 certification standards across environmental, cultural, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) metrics, which are benchmarked against the highest worldwide principles. The Green Globe Certification is in full compliance with ISO19011. All standards are updated on an annual basis and are reviewed by an international panel of environmental experts, industry specialists, and academics. Green Globe Certification provides certification standards for the following industry categories: attractions, businesses (wholesale/retail), congress center/meeting venues, cruise ships, golf courses, hotels and resorts, restaurants, spas and health center, transportation services, and the travel industry.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification brand to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information visit www.greenglobe.com .