GreenFlag Association

In the beginning ...

The GreenFlag Association began at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as a partnership between a leading South African environmental health and safety organisation, Apex Environmental, and enterprise and development agency, Supplier Development Initiatives (SDI). The initiative aimed to increase public awareness of the importance of proper ventilation of indoor spaces in preventing the transmission of Covid-19.

Similar to Blue Flag beach status and the Tourism Grading Council’s issuing of stars to tourism venues, Green Flag certification would signal to clients and customers that a venue is a safe space to visit or work in. By issuing certification to compliant facilities, it was felt that the GreenFlag Association could not only help make public spaces safer, but help them to avert national State of Disaster lockdowns.

Why get GreenFlag Certification?

GreenFlag certification offers benefits to owners and/or managers of public spaces and to their customers:

  • Certification provides customers peace of mind that a venue is safe to visit
  • Venue owners have a standard to rely on when communicating their efforts to create a safe and healthy space
  • Public health authorities have independent evidence that the space is safe
  • Certification attracts more business
  • Monitoring can take place on an ongoing basis
  • Staff stay healthy and productive

Who benefits from GreenFlag certification?

Any indoor space in which people gather in numbers, for example:

  • Offices and corporate spaces
  • Risk and compliance managers
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Call Centres

What are the benefits of GreenFlag certification?

  • Safer working and business environments
  • Prevent spread of airborne diseases, pathogens and pollutants such as PM 2.5 and PM 10 in private and public spaces
  • Keep employees, customers, citizens and the community healthy
  • Peace of mind for employees
  • Measurement and reporting solutions to risk and compliance managers
  • Give customers and employees peace of mind that a space is safe to enter and has enough ventilation to minimise possible health risks
  • Keep your company compliant with health, safety and environment regulations
  • Be part of a community that gathers data on an ongoing basis to establish how the spread of airborne diseases and pollutants in public spaces can be stopped


Health risks such as airborne pathogens and polutants such as microscopic particulate matter can hold serious health risks to people – especially in indoor, poorly ventilated areas. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the importance of well-ventilated indoor spaces to the forefront of public health and safety. Safe indoor environments are about much more than just being clear of pathogens. Small particulate matter such as PM 2.5 and PM 10 hold serious health risks for people. Ensuring that public spaces, such as offices, classrooms and call centres are adequately ventilated can reduce infection of pathogens at short range, while clean air can reduce the risk of a variety of health and safety risks. GreenFlag Association was established to respond to the need for understanding, advice and solutions that could promote health and save lives.

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Who can benefit from GreenFlag Certification?

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Benefits of getting GreenFlag certification

Safe working and business environment

Prevent the spread of airborne diseases, pathogens and other toxic pollutants in private and public spaces by ensuring proper ventilation, thereby doing your part to keep your community healthy.

Peace of mind for customers

Inform customers of your Green Flag status to give them the peace of mind that your space is safe to enter and has enough ventilation to minimise possible health risks.

Prevent blanket lockdowns

Strengthen your company’s – and industry’s – position against any blanket lockdowns by authorities by providing relevant, up to date evidence of the safety of your space.

Build and gather data

Be part of a community that gathers data on an ongoing basis to establish how airborne diseases and pollutants spread in public spaces.