To help consumers know that the claims tourism businesses make about their responsible business practices are true, several organisations offer independent checking or certification services against a set of sustainability criteria. Businesses that are shown to adhere to these criteria are awarded a label by the certification body. South Africa’s National Standard for Responsible Tourism (SANS 1162:2011) and the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria are recommended as guidance for standards and certification programmes.

In South Africa, two tourism certification bodies use standards that are aligned to the South African and global criteria for sustainable tourism.

Fair Trade Tourism

By selecting an FTT-certified business, travellers are assured that their holiday benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Tourism businesses that are certified by FTT use the FTT label as a way of signifying their commitment to fair and responsible tourism. This includes fair wages & working conditions, fair purchasing & operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

Follow this link to a map of Fair Trade Tourism products in Cape Town.

Heritage Environmental

The Heritage Environment Rating Programme provides operators of tourism business with an effective environmental management and rating alternative designed to reduce and limit the impact that their operations have on their environment. The business practices of tourism businesses certified by Heritage have been assessed across the following assessment areas: procurement and economic impact, design and construction, biodiversity management, communications and marketing, resource management, social and community development and general issues.

Follow this link to a list of Heritage products in Cape Town.