People choose sustainability!

Patina Maldives an EarthCheck Certified member

For several years EarthCheck research has pointed to the appetite visitors have for choosing sustainable experiences. This year, actions speak louder than words, with 60 EarthCheck members recognised as the best.

Congratulations to all our members featured in the Readers’ Choice Awards by Conde Nast Traveller. Now in its 35th year, their awards continue to capture the spirit of exceptional travel experiences.

Cheval Blanc St Tropez an EarthCheck Certified member
Cheval Blanc St Tropez an EarthCheck Certified member

Andean Explorer, A Belmond Train, South America

Angsana Laguna Phuket

Atlantis, The Palm — Dubai, U.A.E.

Banyan Tree Samui, Koh Samui

Banyan Tree Shanghai on The Bund, Shanghai

British Pullman, A Belmond Train, England

Capella Bangkok, Thailand

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li an EarthCheck Certified member

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li

Capella Tufu Bay, Hainan, Sanya, China

Capella Ubud Bali — Indonesia

Capella, Singapore

Cheval Blanc Courchevel, France

Cheval Blanc Paris

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives

Cheval Blanc St-Tropez — France

COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos an EarthCheck Certified member

COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

COMO The Treasury, Perth — Australia

Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cordis, Auckland, New Zealand

Eastern & Oriental Express, A Belmond Train, Southeast Asia

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Glasgow, an EarthCheck Destination member
Glasgow, an EarthCheck Destination member

Glasgow, Scotland

Hiram Bingham, A Belmond Train, South America

Joali Being — Maldives

Joali, Maldives.

La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos

Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl Doha — Qatar

Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima, Peru

One&Only Cape Town — South Africa

One&Only Desaru Coast, Johor, Malaysia

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest an EarthCheck Certified member

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Musanze, Rwanda

One&Only Palmilla, San José del Cabo

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Regent, Singapore

Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train an EarthCheck Certified member

Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train, Scotland

Taj Aravali Resort & Spa, Udaipur, India

Taj Corbett Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand, India

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

Taj Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Goa, India

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Palace, New Delhi

The Athenaeum, London

The Azores, Portugal

The Datai Langkawi
The Datai Langkawi an EarthCheck ECO Certified member

The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

The Langham, Hong Kong

The Langham, Jakarta, Indonesia

The Langham, London.

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

The Langham, Sydney, Australia.

The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula, Hong Kong

The Peninsula, Shanghai

The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai — India

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur — India

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train an EarthCheck Certified member
Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train an EarthCheck Certified member

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, A Belmond Train, Europe


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There are more than 476 million Indigenous Peoples, found in all regions of the world, from the Arctic to the tropical forests. They make up more than 6 per cent of our global population.


In the spirit of reconciliation, EarthCheck acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout the world and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous Peoples today.


EarthCheck acknowledges that Indigenous Peoples are guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples, with secure rights, experience lower deforestation rates, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands — including protected areas.


We recognise and support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous Peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in their identities and life choices.

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EarthCheck Certified: Aligned globally

EarthCheck science and products were developed by the Australian Government Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (STCRC) over ten years. Our science is reviewed annually to ensure that it meets international standards relative to greenhouse gas protocols, responsible tourism, and certification.

EarthCheck products and services are built on the Agenda 21 principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and aligned to the SDGs.

EarthCheck Certified provides a framework for organisations to achieve the desired outcomes for sustainable development as set out in the final report of the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

EarthCheck Certified complies with the Mohonk Agreement (2000), which outlines the guidelines and principles for an international sustainable tourism certification program. It is also a Recognised program of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

EarthCheck Certified is a verification standard accepted by CDP. It is also an approved program of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), London & Partners, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and the City of Sydney.

EarthCheck Certified is an approved program for meeting the EU Energy Directive for the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA) in Germany and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) in the Netherlands.

EarthCheck partners with international research organisations to maintain the currency of EarthCheck science and our benchmarking systems.

The EarthCheck brand signifies scientific excellence, better environmental, economic, and social performance, improved community interactions, and savings through more efficient use of resources. It provides recognition and promotional support to a global consumer market.