Gonzalo Alberto Pérez
CEO, Grupo SURA
It’s not about if the next disaster will hit you, but when.
Our risk and resilience program supports the tourism industry to understand the risks their businesses face and what can be done to prepare for the challenges they face. This includes identifying and assessing the types of risks likely to impact a business and understanding what can be done to reduce the threat, developing a plan to ensure that all team members know how best to respond, preparing a response kit and having a recovery plan in train.
Through targeted training, either face-to-face or virtual, EarthCheck’s team works with tourism operators to build the knowledge and skills required to better handle the threats coming your way.
Training is targeted to the geographic region, but follows the United Nations Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, ensuring operators have best practice protocols in an easy-to-follow guideline.
To support the training, a suite of support materials are provided, offering templated guidelines ensuring businesses leave the training sessions with the start of a plan to prevent, prepare, respond and recover.
EarthCheck also has the CrisisReady app designed specifically for a tourism destination to respond to disaster situations. It’s like having a disaster HQ in your hand, and takes the stress out of managing complex situations, guiding you through exactly what to do when things go wrong.
Research shows that for every dollar you spend on disaster preparedness, $6 are saved in recovery efforts. That kind of preparation is good for your bottom line, but also ensures business continuity and promotes a strong, safe culture.
As our climate continues to change, natural disasters will become more frequent and more severe. We need to be ready for the next disaster.
Gonzalo Alberto Pérez
CEO, Grupo SURA
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.
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.