Biosphere, the sustainability management and recognition system of the Responsible Tourism Institute, and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance have joined forces to support and implement action on Net Positive Hospitality.
The partnership will see both organisations act in close collaboration to make the world’s hospitality industry aware of the need to measure contribution and compliance to the world’s sustainability goals.
Biosphere’s independent certification system aims to promote compliance and action on sustainability in the sector, implementing sustainable development actions and programmes in the tourism sector, as well as in other business activities directly or indirectly affecting this industry.
By partnering, Biosphere can engage with the Alliance’s global network, representing over 50,000 properties and 7 million rooms globally. The Alliance’s members include world-leading companies who will be encouraged to monitor and measure their contributions and compliance to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism, the guidelines of the Paris Climate Summit and the 4 Biosphere Memorandums approved in 2017 during the World Year of Sustainable Tourism.
This partnership will see both organisations share knowledge and industry insights, aligning on activities related to sustainable people and planet programming in the hospitality industry. There will be cooperation on training programmes and Biosphere will incorporate the Alliance’s tools such as the recently-updated Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality.
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, Glenn Mandziuk, said:
“We are delighted Biosphere has become a partner and we look forward to working together to encourage the hospitality sector to become more aware of the need to measure contribution and compliance to the world’s sustainability goals. Here at the Alliance, we aim to address key challenges affecting the planet and its people and only by monitoring our impact will we address these challenges and accelerate Net Positive Hospitality. This partnership will help us create a prosperous and responsible hospitality sector that gives back to the destination more than it takes”.
Patricio Azcárate Díaz De Losada, CEO Biosphere said:
“Tourism is the world’s largest industry in economic terms and belongs to the industries with the greatest impact on the planet on a global scale. Sustainability and tourism will be one in the future, which calls for decisive action. This agreement between our organization and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance will be a wonderful boost for all companies in the sector seeking knowledge and tools to transform their models into more responsible and resilient businesses”.
To find out more about the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s partners, visit https://sustainablehospitalityalliance.org/about-us/partners/. To learn more about Biosphere, visit www.biospheretourism.com.