Biosphere Holiday Rentals Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere Vacation Rental Certification?

Biosphere Sustainable for Vacation rental is a tourism sustainability certification designed for all entities that offer accommodation units in which only the hosting service is offered. The facility is equipped in a way that guests are able to cook and groom themselves as happens in appartments, ecolodges, vacations homes, bed and breakfast, tourist flats and rooms, among others.

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Increase occupancy

Demonstrate that your business reduces its emissions, recycles and passes our audits that position hotels and improve the perception and loyalty of customers.

Reduce carbon footprint

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

I have several houses/apartments, can I certify them all under the subscription of only one of these entities?

You can subscribe to the corporate profile of your accommodation group, obtaining a single Biosphere sustainability management plan that is not personalised for the particularities of each of your accommodation entities, as well as a single Committed and Certified generic label that you cannot use for each house individually, but as a whole. From Biosphere, we recommend working on a single sustainability management plan for each entity, as it not only guarantees total adaptability and flexibility to the characteristics and peculiarities of each accommodation, but also better transparency and communication with stakeholders. Furthermore, once all the entities have obtained their labels, they will be able to communicate jointly, demonstrating that the whole group is in a process of continuous improvement and making efforts on the road to sustainability.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.