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STEP: Sustainable Tourism Education Program
A Holistic Approach To Sustainable Management
At Sustainable Travel International, we recognize that sustainability means different things to different people. The challenge in contemporary business: learning how to apply the core principles of sustainability to your own operations. We’re focused on helping you determine how to grow your business, while protecting the natural, cultural, and economic assets you depend on.
STEP provides the tools you need to design and execute your own sustainability policies and action plans. STEP will also help you set goals and guide your long-term thinking, while creating opportunities for immediate return on investment.
The STEP program includes a number of components created with specific industry sectors in mind.
Our online STEP Sustainability Toolkit is a perfect entry point to explore sustainability criteria and benchmark areas like conservation, supply chain management, workplace practices and community relationships.
WHAT: Cost-effective online self-assessment tool providing an overview of industry best practices and a snapshot of your performance in key areas.
WHY: Develop an understanding of sustainability performance indicators; identify your own priorities and opportunities
Access to the Sustainability Toolkit costs just ₤150-₤450 or €180-€540 annually, depending on the size of your business. Sign up now!
Included with your access to the Sustainability Toolkit:
- 30-minute consultation with a sustainability expert
- iFrame Carbon Calculator for your website
- Company Listing and Unlimited Postings on the Responsible Travel Report website
- Privilege of using Sustainable Travel International’s globally recognised logo
STEP Eco-Certification Standard
Our globally recognised sustainable tourism standards help businesses integrate sustainable practices into their operations over time. STEP standards also provide a system for monitoring and verifying your efforts, while receiving valuable recognition for your success.
After completing the initial Self-Assessment, you may advance through the program by diving deeper, documenting your progress and applying for advanced certifications. Based on your scores from independent 2nd and 3rd party reviews, you’ll have the opportunity to work your way up from the baseline Bronze award all the way to Silver, Gold and Platinum.
STEP Standards Include:
WHO: Accommodations, Attractions, Outbound and Inbound Tour Operators, Transportation Providers, Others
WHAT: Gold standard certification program officially recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
WHO: Luxury hotels and properties
WHAT: Sustainability standard designed in partnership with Leading Hotels of the World and Leading Quality Assurance, featuring criteria designed specifically to meet the needs of luxury accommodations.
WHO: Dive shops and tour operators
WHAT: The only global standard specifically designed to support dive operations, created in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Ocean First Divers and Scuba Schools International
Other STEP Programs Include:
WHO: Marine and land-based shore excursion providers that serve the cruise lines
WHAT: The only global sustainability program designed specifically for marine and land-based shore excursion operators, created in collaboration with CLIA and Conservation International, with support from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
WHO: Destination managers looking to implement industry-leading sustainability standards and help improve local impacts
WHAT: License, sell and deliver STEP programs to local businesses