Biosphere Shops Certification

The future of sustainable tourism

What is the Biosphere certification for shops?

Biosphere for shops is a tourism sustainability certification designed for stores and shops to improve their performance and provide more sustainable experiences to their customers and users, ensuring an adequate balance between the economic, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions. 

In this modality, there are all entities with a physical space enabled for the sale of goods to the public, such as craft stores, supermarkets, shopping centers, retail chains, small and medium-sized businesses, souvenir shops, and wholesale trade, as well as any other type of similar nature. 

The certification guarantees the fulfillment of requirements based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement, ensuring that certified Shops carry out new non-aggressive tourism models, satisfying the current needs of their customers and users without compromising future generations. The Biosphere certification report significant benefits for themselves, the society and the environment.

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Increase productivity

Receive proposals and recommendations to improve the work environment, consolidating a favorable climate with which to increase productivity, optimize customer and user service and achieve a positive perception of the target audience, improving their assessment of the image of the entity.

Improve positioning

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

Improve your level of influence

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.

How to obtain the Biosphere Certificate for Shops

The Biosphere certification process

1

Register on our platform

Fill in the application form by choosing the shops typology, determining the number of workers, and filling the contact and billing data fields.

2

Implementation of the requirements

With the personalized help of the Biosphere team, follow the objectives set by the certification system, fulfill the requirements and implement the necessary sustainable policies to ensure the sustainability of your business and obtain the certificate.

3

External audit

The shop must pass an external audit to obtain the Biosphere Certificate, which will verify the compliance and the correct implementation of the requirements established in the certification system.

Prices

Workers

Annual certification price

1 - 5 200 €
6 - 40 500 €
41 - 100 800 €
101 - 300 1,000 €
More than 300 1,200 €

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my entity is ready to be certified?

The goal of the Biosphere certification is to spread sustainability to the highest number of companies, destinations, and tourists around the world. If you think you are not ready to obtain the certification, at Biosphere, you will find all the documentary support and help to know what you must do to be more sustainable.

How is the Biosphere Audit done?

Within a maximum period of 10 days, an independent auditor of the Responsible Tourism Institute will perform an audit based on the evidence provided by the entity. The audit report may indicate issues to be improved or fixed. Once this report is made and validated by the RTI's Technical Committee, the RTI issues the entity's certificate.

How is the certification developed?

RTI provides the Biosphere community with an online certification system, with which it offers continuous assistance, tools, and the necessary support to guide any Camping in achieving the objectives set.

How do I renew my certification?

Once the entity has obtained the certification, it will have to renew it on the same date of the following year. The renewal process consists of providing the results of the Action Plan developed by the entity in the previous year, as well as updating the out-of-date or incomplete evidence and paying the annual fee.

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 does an entity get certified?

To obtain the certificate; the entity must answer the requirements, through the 100% online certification system, by attaching evidence of compliance, as well as creating the minimum number of continuous improvement actions required.

Will I always pay the same fee?

Yes. The entity will pay the same fee every year based on its characteristics. In any case, through the management software, you can hire additional services (more precise analytics, training courses, etc.) at a competitive price, which will help you to improve your position in the tourism sustainability market.

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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