The GreenSign Hotel Standard recognized by the GSTC comprises over 100 criteria. These are divided into eight topics and cover the ecological aspect of sustainability as well as the social and economic dimension. In order to make our certification process as transparent as possible, you will find the questions from our certification catalog here, which you will also answer during the self-evaluation and audit.
Management and communication are central components of a sustainable corporate orientation. They stand for a system of values and responsible shaping of the future in dialog with stakeholders.
The environmental pillar comprises the ecological areas of energy, water and waste. As essential components and influencing factors on the ecological footprint, strategies and measures to reduce resource consumption are essential.
Pollutants (pesticides, paint, chemicals) are reduced wherever possible
Biodiversity & cultural heritage
A biodiverse farm takes responsibility for the surrounding flora and fauna and does its part to protect and grow them.
Natural and cultural heritage is taken into account in the site and design selection,
as well as in all hotel practices including tourist visits
When buying/leasing/renting textiles, the hotel prefers sustainably produced
materials (e.g. GOTS (Global organic textile standards), Fairtrade, Cotton made in
Africa, organic cotton, recycled polyester or lyocell/tencel)
The purchase of sustainable products in various categories (e.g. „Blauer Engel“, FSC
certification of sustainable forestry, climate-neutral) takes place
The hotel offers the following regional drinks (based in an area of ≤ 100km from the
The hotel prioritizes and purchases the following fairly traded and certified products
(e.g. fairtrade, GEPA, UTZ)
Regionality and mobility are key indicators of sustainability. Regionality contributes to company identification and a quality growth. Mobility requires future-oriented approaches in the tourism branch.
The hotel uses regional, sustainable certified or vegan care and beauty products in the
Quality assurance is a core process of sustainability and an important part of every business. Its further development ensures the future business success through satisfied and motived employees, regular guests and a trusting cooperation with all stakeholders.
The hotel actively supports (local) initiatives or projects of sustainable development,
for example with promoting the local community or cultural heritage (e.g. education,
training, health, sanitation, or projects which address the impact of climate change)
The support of the above mentioned initiative is communicated
Employees regularly participate in trainings regarding their roles and responsibilities
In these trainings, the following sustainability subjects are considered
The economic stability of a company is a cornerstone which ensures qualitative and quantitative growth. Survey, evaluation and control of financial and economic data are essential and allow to meet external demands and expectations of customers, investors or the media.
The hotel collects on a regular basis economic and financial data