Responsible Businesses Criteria
I encourage all responsible/eco travel and lifestyle companies to contact me to list their product on our website, and to participate in promoting responsible travel and living. Listing blogs are provided for free. However, to maintain the integrity, professionalism and reputation of the partners we work with, as well as our own, we have certain criteria that apply.
Our Planet Travel & Living participation criteria
Our responsible travel and eco product criteria are based on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Criteria for Sustainable Tourism: www.sustainabletourismcriteria.org
Certified Companies and Products:
- Participation is automatically approved if you are a certified member of an eco accreditation association that is recognised internationally; or a certified member of a sustainable/responsible/ecotourism accreditation organisation for travel-related companies or products
- Eco accreditation organisations for tourism products in Australia include: Ecotourism Australia; EarthCheck; and CCIA NSW’s Gumnut Awards Program; along with other eco certification programs (eg. ISO 14000), including organic certifiers accredited by DAFF (there are 7 organic certifiers currently in Australia).
- Internationally recognised accreditation organisations, inclduing the GSTC’s Recognized Standards accreditation organisations
- Please note that Our Planet Travel will verify your certification; and participation is subject to this verification
- As any new certification programs are registered, their details will be updated here on our website
If your certifying organisation is not listed here; or your company/product is not certified, the below criteria apply – or just ask.
Non-Certified Companies and Products:
Certification is not compulsory; however, the following criteria apply:
- Water/energy/fuel/waste minimisation processes implemented
- Low-energy appliances and lighting installed
- Show active respect and consideration of the local environment and community, and cultural sensitivity ie. local religions / traditions
- Minimal negative impact on the environment and community
- Environmentally-friendly construction methods and materials used
- Use and recommend eco-friendly amenities and products
- Provide interpretation and education to staff and visitors to encourage sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices; and respect for wildlife and the environment
- Source food and guest services from local providers
- Undertake sustainable procurement ie. purchase items from sustainable sources
- Carbon emission reduction processes in place
- Business has legal operating certification and meets legal compliance regulations ie. permits and licenses; required insurances; public liability insurance etc…
- Risk management procedures in place. ie. workplace health and safety, first aid, emergency procedures
- Environment planning, assessment and management processes implemented
- Water, air, soil and noise pollution: minimal impact management processes implemented
- Adequate and suitable staff training
- Conservation initiatives; contributing to conservation projects; wildlife education for visitors and staff
- Community involvement and provide local community benefits
- Responsible/sustainable business operations, management and marketing
You don’t need to meet all the above criteria, but as many of the above points as possible are preferred. If your product/company doesn’t meet the above criteria, please contact Our Planet Travel direct to discuss.
Ecotourism Australia Members Offer
Special Offer: if you are a certified member of Ecotourism Australia, you are entitled to a free blog / product listing on Our Planet Travel. Please just email Melanie to obtain details and a content form to complete. No cost. Members can also book a free tourism Marketing Review session with Melanie – see Our Planet Marketing for details.
Writers, Bloggers & Photographers
Story submissions, pitches, and photo essays are welcomed. However, please note that the above listed criteria apply to any specific products or companies that are included or mentioned in an article. We will not feature company names if they don’t meet the required minimum criteria.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions about the criteria.
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