Biosphere Golf Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere Golf certification?

Biosphere Sustainable for Golf is a sustainability certification focused on spaces destined to the practice of this sport, regardless of their characteristics such as extension, number of holes or location. This typology includes: 18-hole courses, "Executive" courses, 9-hole courses, par 3 courses, Pitch and Putt courses, Mini golf courses, high mountain courses, Atlantic climate courses, central zone courses, desert courses, wetlands and other similar ones.

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Increase the profitability of experiences

Receive proposals and recommendations to design and provide sustainable services that generate positive experiences for both visitors and the host population, minimizing negative environmental and social impacts, reducing costs and increasing economic profitability in the medium and long term.

Improve positioning

Consumers increasingly demand new non-aggressive tourism models. Position yourself as a sustainable entity and communicate your commitment, with the Biosphere seal.

Reduce carbon footprint

As a Biosphere Member, you will receive tools and support to manage and reduce the environmental impact of your entity, improving its quality and image, reducing costs and contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Biosphere Sustainable certification process aimed at?

The Biosphere Sustainable Platform is aimed at any company that interacts, directly or indirectly, with the tourism industry. In order to offer a comprehensive and personalised service, our system recognises more than 24 different types of companies, adapting the plans according to the specific characteristics of each one of them. This ensures that you can find the most suitable profile for your entity.

What is the audit process?

Si logras alcanzar un nivel óptimo de esfuerzos sostenibles evidenciados, que acrediten que estás trabajando por la sostenibilidad de manera integral, podrás optar a solicitar el proceso de auditoría. Una vez solicitado, en el transcurso de 7 a 15 días un auditor externo comprobará las evidencias subidas, determinará su validez y otorgará la certificación. Esta distinción reconocerá que los esfuerzos sostenibles que realiza la entidad y que han sido evidenciados están verificados por un proceso de certificación, garantizando así públicamente que la entidad se encuentra en un proceso de trabajo constante por la mejora continua y el desarrollo sostenible de su actividad.

How does the Biosphere Sustainable certification process work?

Instead of completing a static questionnaire, this innovative methodology provides the opportunity to develop customised Sustainability Plans through the selection of hundreds of sustainable activities and actions, linked to the 169 goals of the 2030 Agenda. You can even add new sustainable activities, which are tailored to your entity. This makes it a global and universal tool, designed to promote sustainability around the world. In addition, it can be done 100% online.

How do I renew my certification?

By maintaining the validity of your annual subscription, the renewal will be done automatically on an annual basis. After the first audit, which must be requested, subsequent renewals will enter a process of random audits where, without prior notice or request to be audited, an external auditor will check the validity of the evidence and the validity of the new evidence reported on the platform. In this way, if the random audit is not passed satisfactorily, the non-conformities must be corrected in order to maintain the validity of the certification.

What requirements must one meet to be certified?

The corresponding Biosphere Standard gathers the requirements an entity must meet to obtain the certification. This standard includes mandatory and voluntary requirements. The entity must comply with the first ones and interpret the second ones as continuous improvement objectives that should be achieved to become more sustainable.

How do I become certified?

By joining Biosphere Sustainable and starting to work on your sustainability plan you will earn your Committed badge, which will recognise your commitment to this first step towards sustainability. As you work on your Biosphere plan, assigning activities and evidencing them, you will progress towards being audited and earning your Certified badge. Try working at least a little on each SDG and make big strides on your progress bar.

What does the annual subscription to Biosphere Sustainable include?

El pago anual por la subscripción a la plataforma incluye el acceso total a las funcionalidades y servicios de la plataforma, incluidos el proceso de auditoría y de certificación. La suscripción anual te permitirá acceder en cualquier momento a tutoriales explicativos y a visualizar el catálogo de actividades y acciones para asignarlas a tu plan Biosphere. Además, si logras tus distinciones Committed y Certified, podrás descargar diferentes materiales de comunicación y difusión para que compartas en tiempo real tus esfuerzos y logros sostenibles con tus clientes, colaboradores y demás stakeholders.

Why should I certify my company?

Three consumer trends of 2020 are the preference for local products, alternatives to plastic and advocating for a carbon-free world. With Biosphere Sustainable, you can work on these three consumer trends and much more. By becoming Biosphere certified, you can position yourself as a leading company offering sustainable experiences and activities by communicating your commitment with our Biosphere label.

Is it a face-to-face or online service?

Biosphere has international representation in the online modality, being able to offer its services in up to 8 different languages, including Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, German, Russian and Chinese. Within the platform you will have a help section with video tutorials and telematic support to solve possible doubts and incidents that may arise during its use.

Thanks to the Biosphere Sustainable platform, the most powerful and innovative in the world in terms of sustainability management, all actions can be carried out online, with considerable cost savings: training and capacity building in tourism sustainability, commitment process for companies in Biosphere destinations, sustainable management process and online certification for companies and a long etcetera that never stops growing and improving.

A great opportunity to improve the actions which can contribute to the sustainability of natural resources, thus complying with international standards.

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