FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION

What is ETIC Hotels?

The aim behind the ETIC project is to develop and encourage sustainable and ethical behaviour to various brands all over the world.

The founders, Olivier Khatib and Mina Habchi, who had been travelling for years, found that most hotels and resorts around the world were missing consistent and standardized ways of adapting to local cultures, and adopting internal policies towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of managing a hotel or resort.

After firstly setting up ETIC and its ETIC Ethical Fashion Standard (NEFS), Mina has decided to pursue the project to hotels and resorts globally. From this, the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (NEHS) was born. Hotels and resorts will now be rated on their Environment, Social, Culture and Site Protection, as well as Sustainable Management acts according to the NEHS.

What are objectives of the ETIC Hotels?

ETIC Hotels aims to rate and monitor hotels and resorts’ environment impact, social and governance behaviour and policies.

This latter is carried out by assessing more than 500 metrics at all levels of hotels and resorts. Metrics are both looked upon hotels’ internal policies and acts, but also news and government/NGO reports.

Finally, the metrics are aggregated into the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (NEHS) and a score out of 10 is assigned to each hotel or resort.

- ETIC Hotels aims to provide high-quality guidance to hotels and resorts for Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance purposes.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to protect the culture and heritage of their operation locations.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to promote diversity, equality, inclusion, health, welfare and human rights of their work force.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to always act in accordance with local law.

Since then, ETIC Hotels has achieved great results, and is constantly enhancing hotels’ internal processes but are also having a green impact on the hotels’ employees, the local communities and the environment hotels are operating in.

Why Traveling to Ethical and Sustainable Hotels Only?

The world is facing a climate change challenge. Only us can change our habits and the way we do things to counter this change as much as possible. Therefore, if you’re conscious of your carbon footprint, you’ll want to be selective in where you stay when you’re on holiday.

“The more transparency will be delivered by hotels and resorts, the more pressure will be added to unethical and non-sustainable establishments. The hope of ETIC Hotels is to push every hotel to adopt environment-friendly policies and adapt to local cultures, heritage and communities. The more “ESG” a hotel is, the more sustainable this hotel will be.”

– Mina Habchi, Co-founder of ETIC

What does powered by booking.com mean?

ETICHotels.com is an affiliate of booking.com. We use the database of booking.com and have connected it to the back end of our system.

Is ETICHotels.com more expensive than other hotel sites?

Not at all.

ETIC NEHS CERTIFICATION

How can my hotel join ETICHotels.com and get a NEHS Certification?

The ETIC Hotels Auditors will come and inspect your hotel.

What is the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (NEHS)?

The NEHS certification is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners. Businesses can monitor improvements and document achievements leading to certification of their enterprises’ sustainable operation and management.

The NEHS Standard includes 44 core criteria supported by over 380 compliance indicators. The applicable indicators vary by type of certification, geographical area as well as local factors. The entire NEHS Standard is reviewed and updated twice per calendar year.

NEHS is active in harmonizing with other established sustainability certification programs around the world. The process of harmonization contributes to maintaining core criteria and at the same time addresses regional issues through the adoption of locally developed standards.

On Which International Standards and Agreements is the NEHS Based?

- Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria
- Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (STC Partnership)
- Baseline Criteria of the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas
- Agenda 21 and principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Governments at the United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992
- ISO 9001 / 14001 / 19011 (International Standard Organization)

To guarantee compliance to the highest international standards, a third-party independent auditor is appointed to work with clients on-site. The international standard ISO 19011 provides guidance on the management of audit programs, the conduct of internal and external management systems as well as the competence and evaluation of auditors. NEHS has drawn on ISO 19011:2002 in the development of its audit program.

THE ETIC GROUP

What is the ETIC Group?

We want to make Sustainability our main focus.

We have so far launched ETICHOTELS.com for Luxury and Premium Ethical and Sustainable Clothing brands.

We have now launched ETICHOTELS.com for our selection of Ethical and Sustainable hotels around the globe.

“The more transparency will be delivered by hotels and resorts, the more pressure will be added to unethical and non-sustainable établissements. The hope of ETIC Hotels is to push every hotel to adopt environment-friendly policies and adapt to local cultures, heritage and communities. The more “ESG” a hotel is, the more sustainable this hotel will be.”

– Mina Habchi, Co-founder of ETIC

What is the aim of the ETIC Group?

The aim behind the ETIC project is to develop and encourage sustainable and ethical behaviour to various brands all over the world. The founders, Olivier Khatib and Mina Habchi, who had been travelling for years, found that most hotels and resorts around the world were missing consistent and standardized ways of adapting to local cultures, and adopting internal policies towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of managing a hotel or resort.

After setting up ETIC and its ETIC Ethical Fashion Standard (NEFS), Mina has decided to pursue the project to hotels and resorts globally. From this, the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (NEHS) was born. Hotels and resorts will now be rated on their Environment, Social and Governance acts according to the NEHS.

What are the objectives at the ETIC Group?

ETIC Hotels aims to rate and monitor hotels and resorts’ environment impact, social and governance behaviour and policies.

This latter is carried out by assessing more than 500 metrics at all levels of hotels and resorts. Metrics are both looked upon hotels’ internal policies and acts, but also news and government/NGO reports.

Finally, the metrics are aggregated into the ETIC Ethical Hotels Standard (NEHS) and a score out of 10 is assigned to each hotel or resort.

- ETIC Hotels aims to provide high-quality guidance to hotels and resorts for Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance purposes.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to protect the culture and heritage of their operation locations.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to promote diversity, equality, inclusion, health, welfare and human rights of their work force.
- ETIC Hotels aims to push hotels to always act in accordance with local law.

Since then, ETIC Hotels has achieved great results, and is constantly enhancing hotels’ internal processes but are also having a green impact on the hotels’ employees, the local communities and the environment hotels are operating in.