Control Union signs worldwide partnership with EarthCheck

Control Union can now offer EarthCheck certification services to businesses and destinations in over 70 countries.
Control Union can now offer EarthCheck certification services to businesses and destinations in over 70 countries.

EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific and environmental benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry, has partnered with Control Union Certifications. With ‘boots on the ground’ in more than 70 countries, Control Union Certifications is uniquely placed to support EarthCheck’s growing global footprint.

The partnership also launches a first-of-its-kind integrated/combined audit with the GSTC criteria. This allows an EarthCheck Certified Hotel or Tour Company member to achieve the accredited GSTC certified status easily and seamlessly once audited by Control Union Certifications.

By working together, conference centres, theme parks, museums, craft breweries, wineries, transportation providers, golf courses, hotels, and resorts will be able to measure their footprints and certify their environmental, social and governance structures.

EarthCheck works with leading brands and destinations in the visitor economy, including Capella, One&Only, Belmond, The Peninsula, Langham, Iberostar, Wharf Hotels, Sircle Collection and Taj. Additionally, EarthCheck collaborates with tourism icons, including Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the Orient Express train in Europe, Mexico’s cultural theme park Xcaret and the Cirque du Soleil Theatre in Riviera Maya. Its certified destinations include the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland, made famous in HBO’s Game of Thrones, the host of COP26 Glasgow and the home of the loveable quokka Rottnest Island in Australia. 

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For inquiries about your regional Control Union office getting involved, please contact Gerard Blijleven.


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