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Standard and criteria

Click below to see the full GOOD TRAVEL SEAL Standard and Criteria used to operate the certification program including Bonaire BlueDestination Company Certification.

Please note that these are only the general criteria that apply to all business. Extra criteria will be added to the certification depending on the specific type of business.

1.1. Responsible offer: Willing to offer local & regional products, eco-friendly or Fairtrade options.
1.2. Local souvenirs: Produces, sells or promotes locally produced souvenirs. However, no souvenirs and products made of coral and marine life (including shells and sand) are offered.
1.3. Local art & craftwork: Extensively uses furniture, signboard, art etc. crafted locally or in the wider region (50 km).
1.4. Info on good food: Communicates which F&B options are local and which are Fairtrade, vegetarian, vegan or organic.
1.5. Local food & drinks: Offers local F&B options where possible.
1.6. Good food on offer: Offers several Fairtrade, vegetarian, vegan or organic F&B options / products.
1.7. Avoiding meat: Avoids offering meat products (unless ordered).
1.8. Vegetarian upon request: Even if no vegetarian on the menu, will offer vegetarian upon request.

2.1. Responsible social contribution: Contributing to the local leisure economy; no violation of relevant legislation during the last 5 years.
2.2. Local employment: Mainly employs residents to support employment in the local community.
2.3. Local ownership: The owner is a local resident actively participating in the business.
2.4. CSR: Engages in corporate social responsibility (volunteering, sponsoring local events, donating).
2.5. Local student internships: Offers internships to local students.

3.1. Prevents human exploitation: Prevents human exploitation or forced child labour; no violation of relevant legislation during the last 5 years.
3.2. No stress: Focuses on ways to prevent physical/mental strain for employees.
3.3. Good employment: Offers year-round and contracted employment.
3.4. Training: Offers on-the-job training or participates in work-and-learn programs.

4.1. Health & safety: Never causing safety or health hazards or unnecessary noise.
4.2. Safe location: Location and immediate surroundings are safe (security guards, surveillance).
4.3. Health & prevention: Measures to prevent disease and to promote health.
4.4. No noise: Minimization of unnecessary noise for guests and local community.
4.5. Virus-Awareness: All legal measures in place against virus transmission (Virus-Aware Seal can be obtained upon separate check).
4.6. Harmful insect control: Eco-friendly control of harmful insects, e.g. physical mosquito-repelling solutions, control of breeding places (e.g. tires).
4.7. Swimming pool: Water-quality of swimming pool is regularly checked; no harmful substances are used.

5.1. Access to disabled: Facilitating disabled people's access to the location where possible.
5.2. Fully accessible: Fully accessible for people with special needs (e.g. wheel-chairs, disabilities).
5.3. Residents' access: Ensuring residents' access to public beaches or other communal areas.
5.4. Public transportation: Location is well accessible by public transportation.
5.5. Info on accessibility: Publicly communicates accessibility re: public transportation and re: special needs (especially in case of limited access).

6.1. Climate-friendly: Prevents unnecessary waste of energy (e.g. no terrace heaters in open air).
6.2. 100% Green energy: 100% user of green energy.
6.3. Energy saving measures: Applies energy-efficient measures (lighting on/off).
6.4. Energy saving devices: Mainly applies energy-efficient devices (LED, A++).
6.5. Heating & Air-co: No unnecessary use of heating or air conditioning.
6.6. Green energy producer: Producer of green energy (solar, wind, bio) or applies solar water heaters.

7.1. Minimising disposables: Wherever possible, offers re-usable alternatives instead of single-use disposables, cutlery etc.
7.2. Waste reduction: Waste reduction measures in place locally.
7.3. Waste separation: Appropriate waste separation in place.
7.4. No single-use plastics: Maximum reduction of single-use plastic items.
7.5. No food waste: Actively prevents food waste.
7.6. Recycling actions: Actively participates in recycling actions.

8.1. Water conservation: Prevents water pollution, not using much more water than necessary.
8.2. Sewage treatment: Connected to sewage water treatment system (or safe septic tank option).
8.3. Water saving devices: Reduction of water use of toilets and showers.
8.4. Eco-friendly cleaning: Use of ecolabel cleaning products, soap and shower gel.
8.5. Good use of water: Use of rain water and grey/waste water.

9.1. No pollution, no nuisance: Prevents unnecessary litter, light, air or soil pollution.
9.2. No air pollution: Prevents air pollution.
9.3. No litter: Prevents and controls litter(ing).
9.4. Minimising nuisance: Minimisation of nuisance to guests and local community incl. smell and light.

10.1. Nature friendly: Not damaging surrounding nature and landscape; not planting invasive alien species; not violating relevant legislation.
10.2. Info on nature : Provides information about local nature and wildlife experience.
10.3. Responsible sunscreen: Promotes environmentally-friendly body sunscreen (esp. in case of sensitive water environments).
10.4. Native plants: Has a garden with a focus on native species.

11.1. Culture friendly: Over the past 5 years, applicant has not seriously damaged local heritage in favour of modern business development, or violated relevant legislation.
11.2. Heritage features: protects or maintains authentic or heritage features in or around its building.
11.3. Info on culture: provides information about local culture and traditions (dos and dont's).
11.4. Authentic tours: Promotes or offers authentic cultural tours, restaurants or experiences.

12.1. Public reporting: Applicant publicly reports on its sustainability.
12.2. Sustainability report: The report of this certification procedure will be publicly available via the internet or openly available to clients.
12.3. What more do you do?: Feel free to report an important action or measure that is not legally required and that is not covered by any of the previous criteria.

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