In 2015, the UN defined the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which have been adopted by Member States and include relevant issues such as human rights, health and safety, environmental protection and the development of local communities and local economy, among others.
The fulfillment of these objectives are part of governmental commitments that obviously also involve the private initiative, because the sustainable development will be through the engagement, participation and contribution of all the interested parties.
ISO 21401: 2018 (Sustainability Management System for Accommodation Establishments) is aligned with Agenda 2030 and its implementation will help organizations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, essentially managing the main aspects and impacts of sustainability related to the business .
In addition, the accommodation establishments will have as benefits, the strengthening of its businesses, the increase of competitiveness and the improvement of its decisions.
Some examples of connections between ISO 21401 and Sustainable Development Objectives (SDG) are:
Natural areas, biodiversity, flora and fauna
preserve its own natural area by implementing conservation practices and take measures to promote flora and fauna conservation.
Solid waste, effluents and emissions
measures to reduce, reuse or recycle solid waste and measures to minimize the impact caused by liquid effluents to the environment and to public health.
measures to minimize energy consumption, particularly from non-renewable energy sources.
Conservation and management of water usage
control and record the consumption of water from external sources and from its own sources.
develop or be engaged in voluntary actions or initiatives promoted by communities, governmental and non-governmental organizations, with the objective of contributing to the development of local communities.
Work and income
be committed to the use of local people and production, encouraging local associations, quality and sustainability.
employ, to the greatest extent possible, workers (employees, subcontractors or freelancers) from local or regional communities.
ensure that wages at least meet the minimum wage for the category and that employee facilities meet the minimum conditions of hygiene, safety and comfort.
initiatives to promote knowledge, preservation and respect for local culture.
measures to ensure respect for the habits, rights and traditions of the native population, promoting their effective participation in the management activity process in their land or region, where applicable
Economic viability of the organization
implement its activities and services, considering its economic sustainability in the short, medium and long term.
Quality and guest satisfaction
implement products and services considering guest profile and expectations. Planning of products and services shall prioritize social traditions and local hospitality.
Health and safety of guests and workers
establish procedures for continuous risk identification, risk assessment and the implementation of necessary control measures.