Control Union Certifications to Certify Hotels & Tour Operators after Achieving GSTC-Accredited Status
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce that Control Union has achieved ‘GSTC-Accredited’ status. The awarded status affirms Control Union Certifications as a certification body that commits to certify sustainable tourism products and services at a high level of quality.
“The GSTC framework was created to provide opportunity for best-in-class certifying bodies to be identified as such. That creates opportunity for their certificate holders and their end-user clients to appreciate the sincere efforts to operate in a highly sustainable manner”, says GSTC CEO Randy Durband. “Control Union Certifications B.V. has stepped forward to develop a sustainable certification scheme and provided extensive evidence of the high quality of their process of certification.”
Control Union Certifications B.V. becomes the first Certifying Body (CB) to achieve GSTC Accredited status, which provides the highest level in terms of credibility within the GSTC Integrity Program framework. “We are very excited to start this new certification programme.” says Control Union Certifications B.V. Managing Director Jan-Frans Bastiaanse. “Our core business as a certification body is sustainability and the challenges that hotels and tour operators face regarding sustainability are similar to those of our other clients. Also, we have vast experience in providing services to large scale multinational business which can be interesting for hotel chains. Finally, we can offer many other certification programmes that hotels and tour operators might be interested in.”
Control Union Certifications B.V. offers a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programmes. Control Union Certifications B.V. presents a wide range of programmes in agriculture, food, feed, forest products, textiles and bio energy.
GSTC Accreditation is managed by Accreditation Services International (ASI). “We are very pleased to confirm CU’s accreditation for GSTC H&TOs.” says Phil Crocombe, GSTC program manager at ASI. “Over the last ten years CU has demonstrated its competence and integrity as an independent certifier for other schemes; we are pleased to see that CU has added a new standard to its portfolio of services.”
The completion of these step-wise programs rewards standard owners for their commitment to sustainability while offering the market benefit of proof that these national standards adhere to international norms.
The GSTC will continue to work with organizations around the world to provide GSTC Recognition, Approval & Accreditation of standards for sustainability in travel and tourism. GSTC-Recognized standard owners are encouraged to complete the Approved or Accreditation process in order to showcase excellence in their certification processes.