ETIC Hotels Green Standard (EGS)


Welcome to ETIC Green Standard (EGS)

Elevating Ethical and Sustainable Travel

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At ETIC Green Standard (EGS), we’re on a mission to revolutionize the way we travel by introducing a groundbreaking standard for conscientious exploration. Our vision is a world where travel enriches our lives, preserves our planet, empowers local communities, and celebrates cultural heritage. This vision is at the heart of the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (EGS), a comprehensive framework that guides our commitment to responsible and sustainable travel.

Our Commitment: A New Era of Travel

Our commitment goes beyond just booking accommodations – it’s about shaping a brighter future through each journey we take. EGS is designed to assess hotels across four crucial pillars, ensuring that every aspect of your stay aligns with ethical and sustainable values.

Pillar 1: Environment – Preserving Our Planet’s Beauty

In a world where environmental concerns are paramount, our first pillar, Environment, stands as a testament to our dedication. We meticulously evaluate hotels’ efforts to conserve resources, minimize pollution, and protect biodiversity. From eco-friendly amenities to energy-efficient practices, we guide you towards accommodations that prioritize the environment.

Pillar 2: Social Responsibility – Empowering Communities

Our second pillar, Social Responsibility, delves deep into fair trade practices, labor rights, and community engagement. We believe that responsible travel should uplift and empower local communities. ETIC-rated hotels contribute to local economies, promote cultural understanding, and ensure fair and ethical treatment of employees.

Pillar 3: Culture and Site Protection – Embracing Heritage

Cultural immersion is an integral part of travel, which is why our third pillar, Culture and Site Protection, is all about celebrating heritage. We advocate for the preservation of indigenous cultures, historical sites, and immersive cultural experiences. By staying at an ETIC-rated hotel, you’re not just visiting a destination – you’re immersing yourself in its authentic essence.

Pillar 4: Sustainable Management – Nurturing Responsible Leadership

Sustainability goes beyond individual practices; it’s about fostering responsible leadership. Our fourth pillar, Sustainable Management, assesses hotels’ commitment to comprehensive sustainability systems, health and safety standards, legal compliance, employee training, and exceptional customer experiences. By choosing establishments that excel in these areas, you’re promoting a higher standard of hospitality.

global partnership NEHS

Certification Levels

nehs gold

EGS Gold

The EGS Gold Certification is granted to ethical and sustainable hotels with a score of 8.0 or higher (out of 10).

nehs silver

EGS Silver

The EGS Silver Certification is granted to ethical and sustainable hotels with a score of at least 6.0 (out of 10).

nehs bronze

EGS Bronze

The EGS Bronze Certification is granted to ethical and sustainable hotels with a score below 6.0 (out of 10).

Why Choose EGS?

  • Empowerment through Choice: EGS empowers you to make travel choices that align with your values, contributing to a better world.
  • Transparency and Trust: Our thorough ratings provide clear insights into accommodations’ ethical and sustainable practices.
  • Meaningful Impact: Choosing EGS-rated hotels supports local economies, preserves natural landscapes, and celebrates diverse cultures.
  • Enriching Experiences: Immerse yourself in authentic experiences that connect you with local communities and eco-friendly practices.
  • Inspiration for Change: EGS highlights accommodations that lead the way in responsible practices, inspiring others to follow suit.
  • Shaping the Future: Your choice influences the industry to prioritize ethical and sustainable practices, shaping the future of travel.

Global Adoption of ETIC Green Standard (EGS)

Transforming Hotels into Ethical and Sustainable Sanctuaries

The widespread adoption of the ETIC Green Standard (EGS) by hotels globally can be attributed to several key factors that address the changing landscape of the travel and hospitality industry:

  1. Growing Demand for Sustainable Travel: Travelers today are more conscious of their impact on the environment and local communities. They actively seek accommodations that align with their values and contribute positively to the destinations they visit. EGS provides hotels with a clear framework to showcase their commitment to sustainability, thus attracting environmentally and socially responsible travelers.
  2. Competitive Advantage: As sustainability becomes a differentiating factor in the hospitality sector, hotels that embrace EGS gain a competitive edge. Being recognized for ethical and sustainable practices not only attracts eco-conscious travelers but also enhances a hotel’s reputation and brand value.
  3. Increased Consumer Awareness: Travelers are increasingly educated about the environmental and social consequences of their choices. They are more likely to choose accommodations that demonstrate a dedication to responsible practices. EGS offers hotels a recognizable and credible way to communicate their efforts to potential guests.
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives: Many hotels are incorporating CSR into their core business strategies. EGS provides a structured approach for hotels to contribute to the well-being of local communities, protect cultural heritage, and reduce their carbon footprint, aligning with broader CSR goals.
  5. Regulatory Pressure: Governments and regulatory bodies worldwide are implementing stricter environmental regulations. By adhering to EGS, hotels can ensure compliance with these regulations, minimizing risks associated with non-compliance.
  6. Industry Collaboration: EGS fosters a sense of collaboration within the hospitality sector. When hotels adopt a shared standard, they contribute to an industry-wide movement towards sustainability. This collaborative effort also helps in knowledge-sharing and learning from each other’s best practices.
  7. Positive Guest Feedback and Reviews: Positive guest experiences lead to positive reviews and word-of-mouth recommendations. EGS-certified hotels are likely to receive favorable reviews from travelers who appreciate their commitment to responsible travel practices, which can drive more bookings.
  8. Long-Term Cost Savings: Many sustainability practices, such as energy efficiency and waste reduction, lead to cost savings over the long term. Hotels that adhere to EGS can benefit from reduced operational costs and improved resource management.
  9. Attracting Corporate Clients: Corporate clients are increasingly looking for accommodations that mirror their own sustainability goals when making business travel arrangements. EGS provides a reliable way for hotels to demonstrate their suitability for corporate clients with similar values.
  10. Global Recognition and Network: EGS’s global recognition allows hotels to tap into a network of like-minded establishments, industry partners, and organizations dedicated to sustainable travel. This network provides opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and continuous improvement.

Join Our Movement, Transform Your Journey

Choosing ETIC Green Standard (EGS) is more than a decision – it’s a commitment to responsible exploration. Your journey becomes a catalyst for positive change, contributing to a world where travel leaves a lasting impact. Embark on this journey with us and discover a world of ethical and sustainable travel that enriches your life and the lives of others.

Explore Responsibly. Choose EGS. Shape the Future.

Pillars of Certification

Pillar 1

1. Environment 1.1. Conserving Resources 1.1.1. Environmently-Friendly products
1.1.2. Consumable Goods
1.1.3. Enery Conservation
1.1.4. Water Conservation
1.2. Reducing Polution 1.2.1. Greenhouse Gas
1.2.2. Waste Water
1.2.3. Waste Management
1.2.4. Harmful Substances
1.2.5. Minimize Polution
1.3. Conserving Bio Diversity, Ecosystems & Landscapes 1.3.1. Wildlife Species
1.3.2. Wildlife in Captivity
1.3.3. Landscaping
1.3.4. Biodiversity Conservation
1.3.5. Interaction with Wildlife

Pillar 2

2. Social 2.1. Fair Trade 2.1.1. Community Development
2.1.2. Local Development
2.1.3. Fair Trade
2.1.4. Support Local Entrepreneurs
2.1.5. Respect Local Communities
2.2. Labour Rights 2.2.1. Exploitation and Harassment
2.2.2. Equal Opportunity
2.2.3. Labour Rights
2.3. Services 2.3.1. Community Services
2.3.2. Local Services

Pillar 3
Culture and Site Protection

3. Culture and Site Protection 3.1. Culture Visits and Promotions 3.1.1. Culture Visits and Promotions
3.2. Historical Artefacts 3.2.1. Historical Artefacts
3.3. Protection of Sites 3.3.1. Protection of Sites
3.4 Incorporation of Culture 3.4.1 Incorporation of Culture

Pillar 4
Sustainable Management

4. Sustainable Management 4.1. Sustainable Management System 4.1.1. Sustainable Management System
4.1.2. Health and Safety
4.1.3. Legal Compliance
4.1.4. Employee Training
4.1.5. Customer Experience
4.1.6. Accuracy of Promotional Materials
4.2. Buildings and Infrastructure 4.2.1. Buildings and Infrastructure Compliance
4.2.2. Buildings and Infrastructure Integrity of the Natural and Cultural Surrondings
4.2.3. Buildings and Infrastructure Practices and Materials
4.3. Adaptive Incorporation 4.3.1. Access for Persons with Special Needs
4.3.2. Interpretation of the Natural Surroundings
4.3.3. Reporting and Communication