Green Certification Schemes for Tourism BusinessesGillian Black
Sustainability certification schemes have a range of benefits. Taking part in a scheme is a great way of reviewing your environmental, social, and economic impact and facilitating action to maximise the positive benefits to your business and wider community and environment. Gaining green certification provides a good opportunity to showcase your green credentials as well as managing your sustainability actions.
As part of the Destination Net Zero Programme, the Sustainability Certification Scheme Fund for Tourism Recovery was launched, providing grant funding to certification providers to support businesses to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 in a sustainable manner. As a result, three sustainable tourism certification scheme providers were successful in securing funds to offer tourism businesses a membership fee discount.
The certification programme providers are offering a £500 discount to businesses joining their certification schemes before March 2023 (or until all funding is used up). The discounts are limited, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
The discount will mean eligible tourism businesses will get membership for the first year either discounted or even free depending on the certification fees. Businesses can contact their certification programme of choice directly and make an application for membership.
Micro, small and SME businesses within the tourism sector are eligible for discounted membership from the certification scheme programme providers. All businesses will need to meet the certification programme’s eligibility requirements.