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Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP)

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The Sustainable Tourism Education Program, or STEP, is a sustainability management program designed by the tourism industry. STEP is based on a framework that measures all aspects of sustainability for tourism businesses and serves as a practical tool for assessment, benchmarking and education. Participating businesses learn how to manage their triple bottom line more effectively by discovering how to effectively make an investment in sustainability.

STEP begins with an entry-level self-assessment tool, and also offers businesses the opportunity to receive a globally recognized eco-certification. STEP requires independent, third-party verification of business practices.

Learn more: Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP)'s standard is verified by an independent organization (third party).

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Sustainable Travel International

Member of

Unknown

Type

Non-profit

Also manages

None.

Member of: GSTC / TSC


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  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

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Key data

Year ecolabel est. 2007

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Tourism


Where this ecolabel is found
Ireland Malawi Mexico United Kingdom United States



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Last updated: 18 March 2014