As part of the Green Globe certification process, the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been identified and highlighted to allow its members to receive UN recognition.
To greatly assist its members, Green Globe has mapped the UN SDGs across its certification standard for sustainable tourism. Within Green Globe’s more than 40 sustainability criteria, key indicators have been identified which fulfill the SDGs targets, and therefore provide documentation and evidence of real actions that are contributing to the UN’s poverty alleviation, environmental, cultural and prosperity goals.
Within the 17 SDGs, the UN has placed special focus on 3 key goals, (Goals 8, 12 & 14) which they believe are crucial to the success of sustainable tourism in host destinations. Green Globe members who have worked diligently and responsibly to uphold their certification, can be seen as leading in the achievement of these key goals.
Goal 8 requires tourism businesses to, Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Green Globe certification, under its standard, has continually required members to document and demonstrate that they are leading employers of choice, protecting all workers’ rights, while supporting fairness and diversity in the workplace.
Green Globe members are also innovators in assisting local enterprises and producers gain economic advantage through preferential purchasing of goods and services sourced within or near to their destination. Additionally, use of local resources, including water and energy are closely monitored to ensure responsible consumption. These actions clearly promote Goal 12, Ensure sustainable Consumption and Production patterns.
And under Goal 14, Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, Green Globe members have been at the forefront of supporting the health of marine eco-systems. Many Green Globe members operate nearby naturally beautiful and fragile marine sanctuaries, therefore linking their success in attracting visitation to investing in the protection of biodiversity. For many years Green Globe members have been pioneers in reducing plastic pollution and at the same time supporting coral reef restoration and only purchasing seafood from sustainable fisheries.
During the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly 154 heads of state or government adopted the bold and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, through which States, civil society, and private sector can guide and measure their contributions to sustainable development towards 2030.
The 17 goals are a universal call to action to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the appropriate and right choices to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.
Green Globe is the original sustainability certification program developed 25 years ago to guide tourism enterprises along the path to sustainable operation and management. Over these decades Green Globe members have contributed to social and economic development within the destinations that host their businesses.
For more information on the UN SDGs, visit the ‘Tourism for SDGs platform’(www.tourism4sdgs.org). The platform’s three main features, Learn, Share and Act, are calls for action, conversation and collaboration towards a sustainable tourism sector.