Korea’s KBCSD partners with Australia’s EarthCheck to grow sustainable tourism

The Korea Business Council for Sustainable Development (KBCSD) has extended its agreement with EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism, to further develop world-leading sustainable tourism practices in the region.

Hyun Jong Hong, the Secretary General of KBCSD, said that KBCSD has a mission to put the Korean industry on track to sustainable economic development. The organisation is formed of Chief Executive Officers of forward-thinking companies and is a global network partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Mr. Hong said, “We look forward to continuing our work with EarthCheck to guide the sustainability and corporate and social responsibility initiatives of the Korean tourism industry.”

Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck and Executive Director of the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism, said the partnership was an exciting opportunity to continue the organisations work in the region and support KBCSD’s vision of sustainable development.

“KBCSD is spearheading sustainable initiatives in Asia, particularly in the areas of improving the energy intensity of the Tourism sector, achieving a resource-efficient society at the local level, promoting sustainable development and fostering inter-regional cooperation.”

“This partnership provides opportunities to work with leading companies in Korea to help lower environmental impact and operational costs while supporting local communities.”

Mr. Moore added, “We welcome the opportunity to work with leading enterprises like GS Caltex, POSCO, Samsung Electronics etc to tackle sustainability challenges. The next step in world class destination area management is in risk management preparedness and action. The EarthCheck Risk App has the ability to gain greater community engagement in risk management with the overall goal of improving societal resilience.

About EarthCheck

EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism. Since 1987, we have helped businesses, communities and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play. We understand the value of big ideas and the importance of clear communication. We know that what can be good for the planet is also good for business. Website: http://earthcheck.org/


Established in 2002, KBCSD membership spans around 50 enterprises that are spearheading sustainable business practices and comprises more than 15 industrial sectors including oil refinery, steel, electrical & electronics, petrochemical, automobile, power utility, etc. The main responsibility of KBCSD includes: (i) public-private policy consultation on sustainability issues, (ii) mid-, and long-term roadmap in response to sustainability megatrends, (iii) green initiatives/projects in Asia, and (iv) regional and global collaboration with like-minded organizations in such fields as climate change, energy, low-carbon cities and CSV. Website: http://www.kbcsd.or.kr/

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