- What does it mean to hold the Biosphere Barcelona standard for Commitment to Sustainable Tourism?
Barcelona has held a Biosphere certificate since 2011, as an urban destination committed to sustainability. Thanks to this label, companies located in the Barcelona area can benefit from the Biosphere Barcelona standard for Commitment to Sustainable Tourism, the first step to receiving recognition for improvements in sustainability made by a tourism organisation or company.
- How can I start the process to join?
First, please enter your personal and company details on this form. Once received, we will contact you and send you the documentation to fill in to start the procedure to join us.
- How much time should organizations devote to it?
In addition to the two training sessions (two mornings or afternoons) and the advising (an approximate annual total of 5 h), organizations should consider the time they must spend on compliance with the requirements through the computer platform. Some organizations complete the entire process in a few months, while others can take nearly a year.
- What is the external review?
Every company that joins will be matched with a consultancy, which will offer individual and personalised advice throughout the process. During the review session, they will go over the sustainability requirements to be met by each company. At the end of the session, the consultancy will draft a report outlining any requirements that have not yet been met and any other applicable recommendations.
- What is the Improvement Plan?
The Improvement Plan is a record of the requirements that each company must meet in order to ensure it still adheres to the standard. Further improvements should be added to the plan on an annual basis in order to ensure continuous improvement towards sustainability.
- When does the process of adhering to the standard for Commitment to Sustainable Tourism come to an end?
The consultancy will check that each company has made the suggested improvements to adhere to the standard and will prepare the subsequent verification report to be presented to the Sustainable Tourism Committee. The final step involves verification from the Institute of Responsible Tourism. Companies that have passed the entire process will receive the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification showing their commitment to sustainability.
- What is the Sustainable Tourism Committee and who are its members?
The process of applying for the Biosphere Barcelona standard for Commitment to Sustainable Tourism will be overseen by the Sustainable Tourism Committee, which is periodically convened by Barcelona City Council.
The Committee will supervise the certifications awarded to companies and services, according to their compliance with the criteria for commitment.