Why get Certified? - The EarthCheck Difference

Meliá Bali, Indonesia - EarthCheck Master Certified

As the tourism industry continues to grow faster than the global economy (3.9% for Travel & Tourism versus 3.2% for global GDP – World Travel & Tourism Council), it has triggered demand for a more structured approach to corporate social responsibility.

EarthCheck Founder and CEO, Stewart Moore said the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer powerful aspiration for improving social, environmental and economic sustainability.

“The EarthCheck Certified Programs provide rigorous guidelines for organisations to assess and align their social, environmental and economic impacts with the SDGs using qualitative and quantitative benchmarking,” Mr Moore said.

“The EarthCheck Standards (Company, Eco, Design and Destination) are mapped to the SDGs, underpinned by Agenda 21 principles and internationally recognised for robust sustainability performance criteria.”

“The EarthCheck programs provide the travel and tourism industry with a framework to credibly measure, report, monitor and improve operational practices for a sustainable outcome,” Mr Stewart Moore said.

Bougainvillea Beach Resort, Barbados - EarthCheck Master Certified

EarthCheck Certified is approved by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and compliant with the following international standards:

  • Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
  • ISO14001, ISO50001, ISO26000, ISO9001, ISO13811, ISIO14064
  • Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

“We have always believed that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Reporting gives our members the ability to monitor and evaluate their impact including local community interaction, natural habitat protection and operational savings through more efficient use of resources,” Mr Stewart Moore said.

“The data must be transparent, based on scientific principles and verified by independent third parties, and we challenge our members to continually improve.”

Couples Swept Away, Jamaica - EarthCheck Master Certified

With a global footprint across more than 70 countries, EarthCheck Certified and its performance software is formally recognised and approved by:

  • Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA)
  • Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA, Germany)
  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) as an approved program for the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

“When organisations manage and improve compliance in areas such as environmental emissions, energy efficiency and waste management; they are able to save costs, support local economies, conserve natural resources and cultural heritage; and help to improve the quality of life for locals and visitors alike,” Mr Moore said.

Sandals Halcyon Beach, St. Lucia - EarthCheck Master Certified

“We have 15 Master Certified members that have been in the EarthCheck Certified program for more than 15 years with the majority in the Caribbean. Extreme weather events are one of the major global risks facing communities around the globe and as the Caribbean is in the centre of the “hurricane belt”, businesses are prone to high humidity, light winds, and warm sea surface temperatures which combine to form violent storms.”

“Tourism operators worldwide have a significant role to play to tackle challenges such as climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. Sustainable tourism has the ability to generate shared value and through the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification programs, our members are able to measure, monitor and manage their environmental footprint as well as learning how to deliver strong economic and social returns to the local community,” Mr Moore said.

Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Aruba - EarthCheck Master Certified

EarthCheck’s holistic approach to responsible tourism and its world leading science enables destinations and operators to benchmark and certify their performance with confidence and surety. Through its Total Tourism Management™ platform, EarthCheck works in partnership with clients to help plan for the future and guide the design, construction and operation of smart buildings and the responsible management of tourism destinations.

EarthCheck was originally owned by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), the world’s largest dedicated not-for-profit research centre focussing on sustainable tourism. In 2010, after 13 years of operating, the STCRC formerly completed its research agreement with the Commonwealth Government. In 2010, the R&D team, led by Stewart Moore, Director of R&D, successfully completed a management buyout of STCRC and EarthCheck was created.