Green Globe Certification Aligns its Standards with GSTC

Green Globe Certification Aligns its Standards with GSTC
March 21, 2012 Arton Kabashi

LOS ANGELES, CA – Green Globe Certification has embarked on a rigorous review and evaluation process to become a ‘recognised’ Standard by the internationally respected Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) and strengthen its ongoing compliance to international Standards.  Over the last few years, Green Globe Certification has fully aligned its Standards with GSTC and sees this recognition as a further step in this process.

Travel and tourism organizations and major distributors, such as Amadeus, Melia, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Sabre Holdings, and TUI Travel have publically committed to promoting sustainable tourism products and services recognized by the GSTC.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Mr. Guido Bauer, said: “Certification of sustainable operation and management has become vitally important for tourism businesses around the world. It is important that Green Globe Certification continuously maintains the relevance of its Standard, while also connecting to the key sustainability criteria recognized by international initiatives such as the GSTC.”

The Green Globe Standard is a collection of 337 compliance indicators applied to 41 individual sustainability criteria. The applicable indicators vary by type of certification and geographical area, as well as local factors. The Green Globe Standard is based on international standards and agreements, including:

• Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria

• Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (STC Partnership)

• Baseline Criteria of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas

• Agenda 21 and principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992

• ISO 9001 / 14001 / 19011 (International Standard Organization)

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Mr. Guido Bauer, said: “This initiative is vitally important in strengthening the international recognition and acceptance of the Green Globe Standard for Sustainable Travel & Tourism and providing great assurance to all Green Globe certified businesses that they are performing to the highest international Standard for sustainability.”

The Green Globe Certification program is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners. Businesses monitor improvements and document achievements leading to certification of their enterprises.

Green Globe relies on independent audits of all businesses seeking certified status. Green Globe has drawn on ISO 19011:2002 in the development of its audit program. Training for environmental professionals interested in auditing to the Green Globe Standard is available at the Green Globe Academy.