In 2008, after extensive multi-year consultations, seven responsible tourism priority areas were identified as a starting point for Cape Town. These are grouped under the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social principles.
- Procure products and services that have a reduced negative effect and enhanced positive impact on human well-being and the natural, social, cultural, and local economic environment when compared to other products and services that serve the same purpose.
- Aim to source a targeted proportion of goods and services from locally-owned, historically disadvantaged groups and/or individuals.
Supporting enterprise development:
- Encourage and facilitate a culture of developing other businesses through mentoring, coaching, and incubation.
- Measure water consumption, adopt quantitative goals and measures to decrease overall consumption, and improve the reuse of wastewater.
Using energy efficiently
- Measure energy consumption, indicating all energy sources as a percentage of overall consumption, and adopt quantitative goals and measures to decrease overall consumption.
Reducing & managing waste:
- Implement a waste management plan, addressing both solid and liquid waste, with quantitative goals to reduce, re-use, and recycle waste.
- Advance the skills of employees and offer on-the-job skills training, capacity building, and mentoring.
Support initiatives for social and community development through discussions with community members and a plan of action.