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August 22, 2010

Green Globe updates sustainability standard

As part of its twice-yearly review, the tourism industry’s benchmark for sustainable practices has been updated.

Green Globe Certification launched its latest update to the Green Globe Standard for sustainable operation and management recently. It was overseen by the Green Globe International Advisory Group, which brings together the knowledge of travel and tourism professionals, as well as environmental experts.

The update has focused on aligning the Green Globe Standard with the internationally recognised Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC).

“Certification of sustainable operation and management has become vitally important for tourism businesses around the world,” said Green Globe chief exective Guido Bauer. “It is important that Green Globe continuously maintains the relevance of its standard, while also connecting to the key sustainability criteria recognised by international initiatives such as the GSTC."

The Green Globe Standard is a collection of 337 compliance indicators applied to 41 individual sustainability criteria. The applicable indicators vary by type of certification and geographical area, as well as local factors. The Green Globe Standard is based on international standards and agreements, including:
– Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria
– Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (STC Partnership)
– Baseline Criteria of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas
– Agenda 21 and principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992
– ISO 9001 / 14001 / 19011 (International Standard Organisation)

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