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Sustainability & Social Responsibility

IOC and Dow Carbon Initiative Award

The IGF was rewarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Worldwide Olympic Partner Dow at the 2019 IF Forum for taking concrete action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the reward, carbon offsets were offered to the IGF to compensate its unavoidable 2019 emissions.

Group IOC Dow image

Full IOC media article here.

UN Sports for Climate Action Framework

The IGF has joined the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, a UN Climate Change Initiative co-developed by the IOC and launched at the UN climate talks (COP 24). As part of this framework, the IGF is part of several working groups that cover the five principles in the framework:

  • promoting greater environmental responsibility
  • reducing overall climate impact
  • educating for climate action
  • promoting sustainable and responsible consumption
  • advocating for climate action through communication

More information on the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework here.

Clean Seas ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ Campaign

The IGF has joined the Clean Seas campaign, which was launched by UN Environment in February 2017, to join the fight against marine plastic pollution. The campaign addresses the root-cause of marine litter over a five-year period by targeting the production and consumption of non-recoverable and single-use plastic.

More information can be found on the Clean Seas Campaign here.


A selection of recent landmarks, milestones and highlights in sustainable golf from across the industry:

DateMilestones / Highlights
30 October 2019IOC and Dow Reward the IGF for Tangible Climate Action
15 October 2019USGA-funded research demonstrates environmental value of golf courses compared to other land uses
19 September 2019Sports Organisations Join Forces Against Climate Change
22 August 2019IGF joins United Nations' Sports for Climate Action Framework
7 November 2018IGF joins the Clean Seas Campaign launched by UN Environment
January 2018The PGA of America issues a comprehensive report The PGA and Its Members: Bringing Energy to the Game
24 November 2017WWF speak at European Golf Associations AGM
18 NovemberGolf’s Value Celebrated at IAGTO Sustainability Awards
17 October 2016Consultation Opened on Sustainability Golf Tournaments Standard
5 October 2016Golf’s Many Benefits Brought to the Fore in Health Study
17 August 2016Sustainable Golf Development Standard Launched
10 August 2016Toro Irrigation Supports Water Conservation on Rio’s Olympic Golf Course
5 August 2016Olympic Golf Course Achieves Recognition from GEO
6 July 2016GreenLinks Leads Sustainability for The Open
22 April 2016All Ten Open Venues Achieve Sustainability Recognition
3 February 2016USGA Recaps Industry Takeaways from Pace & Innovation Symposium

Further news and updates on golf’s sustainability journey can be found on

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