Biosphere and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance entered into an international collaboration to support and implement Net Positive Hospitality actions.
Biosphere and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance will work closely together to raise awareness in the global hospitality industry of the need to measure the contribution to and compliance with global sustainability goals.
As a result of this collaboration, the Biosphere community can cooperate with the Alliance's global network, which represents more than 50,000 accommodations and 7 million rooms worldwide. Members of the Alliance include leading global companies that will be encouraged to join the community to get started in the system, monitoring and recognising their contributions and compliance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism, the Paris Climate Summit guidelines and the principles and criteria that make up the Biosphere methodology, as a result of the only 4 summits sponsored by UNWTO and UNESCO in 2017 during the World Year of Sustainable Tourism.
This partnership will see both organisations share knowledge and industry insights, aligning on activities related to sustainable people and planet programming in the hospitality industry. There will be cooperation on training programmes and Biosphere will incorporate the Alliance’s tools such as the recently-updated Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality.
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, Glenn Mandziuk, said: “We are delighted Biosphere has become a partner and we look forward to working together to encourage the hospitality sector to become more aware of the need to measure contribution and compliance to the world’s sustainability goals. Here at the Alliance, we aim to address key challenges affecting the planet and its people and only by monitoring our impact will we address these challenges and accelerate Net Positive Hospitality. This partnership will help us create a prosperous and responsible hospitality sector that gives back to the destination more than it takes”.
Patricio Azcárate Díaz De Losada, Biosphere CEO said: "Tourism is the world's largest industry in economic terms and belongs to the industries with the greatest impact on the planet on a global scale. Sustainability and tourism will be one in the future, which calls for decisive action. This agreement between our organization and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance will be a wonderful boost for all companies in the sector seeking knowledge and tools to transform their models into more responsible and resilient businesses".