FOOTPRINT Ecofriendly Ratings
Undertaking the Footprint certification scheme is a long journey. It’s a journey along the path to greater sustainability of your business and your environment, but it’s also for us at TOFTigers as we aim to support you all the way on the journey, making sure you do the very best you can with the resources and staff and support you have.
The resultant FOOTPRINT AUDIT REPORT itself helps to highlight where you are doing great stuff, and where your operations is good, but also helps to highlight areas that need work, and here we will guide you and help you to do this where we can, both on the site visit, but also after as and when you need it.
We want everyone to pass. Our aim is to help everyone to gain our minimum rating and ultimately help everyone reach for our highest Footprint ‘Outstanding Rating’
- Our aim is to give you advice and support – through our confidential report and the green team’s visit – to get the Footprint certification.
- Nobody is perfect or good at everything – it’s about assessing your whole operation.
- Our aim is to applaud your good points and highlight where you can do better.
- If you do fail – we tell you what you need to do to pass – and then you can invite us back to review your efforts.
The Footprint ranking is based on a simple scoring system, based on proof of what our audit team find and sees and evidence we can see or is given to us, by management, staff and visitors.
Below are the ratings you can achieve and which highlight where you are on your sustainability journey.
They range from the ‘Under Process’ to the minimal pass required of Good Practice, to Quality Practice and then to Outstanding Practice ranking.
Footprint Ecofriendly Rating – Under Process
At this stage the accommodation provider has gone through the on-site audit of their property and is waiting to be rated by TOFTigers evaluation committee or has failed to make the minimum standards, and is waiting to be assessed again once corrective actions have been taken.
Footprint Ecofriendly Rating (Good Practice)
Providers have passed the minimum standards and are are somewhat low-impact, and may consider environmental and social issues in their operational decisions and programming. They may also make choices based on environmental and social responsibility, but due to monetary, time, or efficiency issues, may forego their commitment to best practice ecological sustainability.
Footprint Ecofriendly Rating (Quality Practice)
Accommodation providers are environmentally and socio-culturally responsible. They are continuously working to better their operations and enhance their sustainable travel practices. The management is knowledgeable about environmental/social issues related to their business, and they are working to become exemplary industry leaders.
Footprint Ecofriendly Rating (Outstanding Practice)
Accommodation providers are exemplary industry leaders within the Indian subcontinent context. They make sustainable development and environmental and socio-cultural issues their priority. They are striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible. They have a positive impact on the environment, local communities, and their clients. They invest both time and money to maintain sustainable travel practices. They lead with examples and become case studies for others to follow.
All member accommodation providers are eligible to display the member logo (plaque) only once they have gone through the Footprint Audit. The Logo would highlight their membership of TOFTigers and a commitment to sustainability.
THE Footprint Ecofriendly Rating Certificate
All member accommodation providers who have gained a Good Practice ratings score and above will receive a quality hard bound certificate to display to their guests at reception and highlight to their staff.
This is an important document that highlights your journey towards sustainability and you can be rightly proud of achieving it.
It demonstrates your commitment to both the quality of your operations, but also your dedication to the long term health of your local community and the destination in which you operate.
This certificate is valid for 2 years
An Accommodation Providers handbook to Best Practice in Natural habitats is available to download here (or ask us for a hard copy)