The Heritage Environmental Certification Programme® has been developed to provide operators of all types of tourism-based businesses an effective environmental management system (EMS) designed to reduce and limit the impact that their operations have on their environment. Heritage incorporates the standards of seven international programmes in a three-tiered approach to sustainability certification. Heritage® represents Africa?s first certification option and businesses choose to associate with the brand in order to demonstrate their environmental commitment. The programme is based largely on the Swan Eco-Label in Scandinavia, Green Globe Agenda 21, IHEI and ISO 9000, 14000 and 18000 and many of the standards developed for the commercial sector have been incorporated into the Heritage initiative to ensure international compatibility.
Heritage® provides an opportunity for tourism-based businesses to change the way in which they interact with their environment - both natural and human, with a practical, hands-on approach to resource management that delivers financial returns while at the same time, positioning your business internationally as ?environmentally responsible?. Although many businesses see environmental compliance as a burden on current administration, consideration must be given to the current growing demand, legal compliance and increase awareness within the market.
?Those that show initiative and commitment now will see the world chase after them?
Qualifying Businesses: Hotels; Guest Houses; Lodges; Resorts; Game Lodges, Gaming Operations; Residential Estates