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Certified

"We feel that EarthCheck is the most stringent and relevant benchmarking tool for us to first measure our performance then systematically take actions for improvement.”

Banyan Tree Holdings

Vice-Chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International

EarchCheck Bronze Benchmark 2022

“Our partnership with EarthCheck will allow us to take a huge leap forward in enhancing sustainable stays, ensuring that every guest that stays with us can feel good knowing they are travelling with a lighter footprint.”

Geoff York

CEO, Crystalbrook Collection

Put your organisation’s commitment to sustainability on show to the world. EarthCheck Certified has helped the best travel brands attract more customers, and deliver exceptional, sustainable travel experiences.

About EarthCheck Certified

If you’re just starting your sustainability program or well on your way to reaching net zero, becoming EarthCheck Certified will help your travel and tourism business showcase its commitment to a sustainability pathway, and enhance incredible tourism experiences for your customers year after year.

Our rigorous science-backed, people-focused certification process has been embraced by the world’s most recognised travel and tourism brands. It helps them demonstrate their sustainability commitment long-term, and attract more higher-yielding customers.

EarthCheck’s sustainability experts work with you to:

  • Engage your team and stakeholders to establish your sustainability policy
  • Benchmark your business
  • Certify your organisation
  • Audit and promote your certification level annually


It means you know where you’re coming from, where you’re going, and that your team and stakeholders are engaged from the beginning.

Most importantly EarthCheck Certified businesses can actively demonstrate their commitment to providing exceptional, sustainable travel experiences.

 

The process

1. Engagement and commitment

No matter where you are globally, EarthCheck’s experts help you engage your team, your stakeholders, and devise a Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Policy. This is where your business commits to a sustainability pathway, and takes action on it.

2. Benchmarking and Performance Tracking

We’ll track your performance in real time, identify any critical issues and benchmark you across:

  • Energy use
  • Water use
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Chemicals
  • Community and employee impact
  • Paper use
  • Waste
  • You can also add your own custom indicators
 

We’ll document the findings so you know where your business stands. It helps you compare your business to others, and it provides context to the data so you can make better descisions, and track improvements.

This is where you can reach your EarthCheck Bronze Benchmarked status.

3. Implement your new management system

We’ll help you implement your sustainabaility management system. EarthCheck has criteria, guides, templates and people to guide you through the process. Once implemented you can easily measure and manage the sustainability activities of your business.

You’re now ready for certification.

4. Certification

An independent auditor will visit your business, conduct your audit and engage your team. They will provide an audit report that shows your organisation’s performance against the EarthCheck Certified Standard.

If you meet the requirements, you’ll be awarded certification and use of the EarthCheck Certified logo to promote your achievement. And your certification level is upgraded the longer it’s maintained.

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Marketing and communication tools are provided to assist you and the team in spreading the news of your certification.

Why this is good for business
  • Meet and exceed the government directives on sustainability throughout Europe and the world. Read more.
  • Display your EarthCheck Certified status across your business to demonstrate your commitment to sustainable practices
  • Attract more clients
  • Dramatically reduce operating costs (utilities, fuel and more) without loss of quality or service. Independent research from Griffith University supports this
  • EarthCheck Certified businesses have more engaged and supportive employees
  • Smarter, more efficient operations. The program reveals the elements of sustainability (risk, resilience and hygiene) in a business, providing a more focused approach to operations
  • Get easier access to finance. Donors and financial institutions are more likely to offer low-cost financing to certified businesses
  • Have meaningful, newsworthy conversations in your marketing and promotion activities
 
Why this is good for the planet

Being EarthCheck Certified gives you a framework to understand what being a sustainable, regenerative business means for you. And you’ll demonstrate leadership in climate action across the travel industry.

Your business will have a positive impact on health, education, local jobs, social issues in your community, and the planet, while also achieving business growth.

You’ll become part of the growing number of businesses offering sustainable, exceptional tourism experiences that travellers crave. And you’ll be preserving that experience – and the environment around it – for years to come.

Join the world's leading sustainable tourism brands and become EarthCheck Certified. Talk to the EarthCheck team today.

WHO’S USED THIS SERVICE

The Peninsula Hotels
Capella Hotel Group
One & Only
Grupo Xcaret

YOUR EARTHCHECK TEAM

Melinda Watt
Romina Trossero
Jennifer Peiron Alonso
Sajita More
Sarah Kurze
Bingni Wu
Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

"We feel that EarthCheck is the most stringent and relevant benchmarking tool for us to first measure our performance then systematically take actions for improvement.”

Banyan Tree Holdings

Vice-Chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International

WHO’S USED THIS SERVICE

The Peninsula Hotels
Capella Hotel Group
One & Only
Grupo Xcaret

YOUR EARTHCHECK TEAM

Melinda Watt
Romina Trossero
Jennifer Peiron Alonso
Sajita More
Sarah Kurze
Bingni Wu
Rosanna Sanfeliu Giaimo

“Our partnership with EarthCheck will allow us to take a huge leap forward in enhancing sustainable stays, ensuring that every guest that stays with us can feel good knowing they are travelling with a lighter footprint.”

Geoff York

CEO, Crystalbrook Collection

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• Backpackers
• Bed & Breakfast
• Beach House
• Cottages
• Guest House
• Homestead
• Villa
• Hotel
• Inn
• Lodge (Mountain, Country, Safari)
• Motel
• Motor Lodge
• Resort Accommodation
• Ryokan
• Serviced Apartments
• Hostel

• Bungy Jumping
• Scenic (round trip) Sightseeing
• Tour
• White-water Rafting

• Environmental Consulting Firm
• Hotel Management Company
• Media Office
• Information Centre/ Kiosk
• Technology Firm
• Travel Agent

• Gondola
• Rainforest Cableway
• Ski Lift

• Helicopter Company
• Seaplane Company

• Airdrome
• Airfield
• Airstrip

• Caves
• Tree-top Walkways
• Gardens
• Scenic Areas

• Beer Producer

• Design (BPDS)

• All

• Conference Centre
• Wedding Reception Centre

• Conference Centre
• Wedding Reception Centre

• Towns
• Cities
• Precincts

• All

Motorised marine vessel
• Boat
• Cruiser
• Ferry
• Liner
• Ship
• Yacht

• Souvenir Shop
• Retail Outlet
• Supermarket

Focuses on promotion/ displays
• Interpretation Centre
• Museum

Farm providing accommodation and farm
experience

• Country Club
• Golf Links

• In-house
• External

• Dock
• Harbour
• Port
• Quay
• Wharf

• Design (PPDS)

• Railroad

• Restaurant
• Eatery
• Café
• Pub

• Households

• Wellness Centre
• Health Club
• Gym
• Day Spa

• All

Wholesale

Bicycle Tours
• Bungy Jumping
• Bushwalking
• Bus Tours
• Canyoning
• Diving
• 4WD Tours
• Horse Riding
• Hot Air Ballooning
• Jet Boating
• Nature Safaris
• Scenic Flights
• White Water Rafting

• Campsite
• Caravan Park
• Holiday Park
• Motor Camp

• Taxi Company
• Limousine Company
• Coach Company
• 4WD Company

• Rent-a-car
• Campervan Hire

• Vineyard (wine producing)

• Information Centre for Visitors
• Interpretation Centre

Wine production facility that produces at least 25% (by volume) of its wine sales & where at least 51% of gross income is derived from commercial winery practice.

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Acknowledgement
of Country

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.