A Green Key business is inspected both prior to and after the award is given. This ensures that the company lives up to its responsibilities and the set criteria.
The Green Key label is awarded for 12 months at a time, and the business is visited every other year as a minimum. The inspector makes sure the requirements are still met, so that the business can keep the Green Key certification. The inspector also advises on how the business can further their environmental work. The visit is conducted by consultants that have a thorough knowledge on the label and its environmental standards.
The Green Key secretariat continuously distributes material advising and inspiring the Green Key businesses to do even more. Additionally, the businesses are required to continuously submit documentation of environmental goals, plans of action, energy reports, organic accounts etc. This ensures momentum in the environmental work and gets the business to continue with new initiatives benefitting the environment.
If a business does not live up to all requirements, or fails to submit documentation, they are asked to initiate activities to bring them back to a compliant level. If the business continues to fail the requirements, the steering committee can strip the business of its Green Key certification.