Responsible Tourism Tanzania (Rttz) have developed a set of standards for Responsible Tourism in Tanzania. These standards are also in alignment with the international standards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), giving any Rttz certified Tanzanian company the same international repute.
The certification system using the standards has 4 levels or steps. Each step will guide the organization toward becoming not only a matured enterprise, but a role-model for others. The criteria that the organization has to comply with for each of these steps or levels is available, these are the criteria that the audit will use to establish the level of compliance in order to award the organization with any certification. Click here to view the criteria>
Triple Bottom Line- “Doing well by doing good” or “Where a company examines the social, environmental, and economic effects of its performance on the wider society and begins to improve its performance and reports publicly on progress.”
The first and second level of certification will require the tourism company to conduct a self-assessment followed up by an independent external audit. The last two steps or levels will only require an independent third party to audit the establishment.
The first entry-level accreditation offered. The criteria within this level illustrate the company’s initial interest in adopting the triple bottom line approach. These initial criteria introduce the framework for responsible management and policy development, as well as prepare the member to plan and monitor their overall impact. This initial step plants the seed for a responsible business future.
The company has taken on the principles of a triple bottom line approach and has now started to incorporate these into their day-to-day actions and communication. The training of employees has now been implemented, and systems are being developed to record and report to directors and to the public the company’s policies and impacts.
Having operated for a period of time, the member can now prove that their working culture and daily operations are fully integrated into a sustainable and responsible management approach. Systems are in place to monitor and redirect the operations and all the employees understand the triple bottom line approach. This step forms the core of the company culture.
Now as a role-model in responsible tourism, the member can demonstrate appropriate actions, disseminate information, and ultimately change their surrounding environment, build a clientele, and urge suppliers and partners to adopt similarly responsible practices.