Bathing and wellness facilities that are certified with GreenSign SPA stand for environmentally conscious and sustainable equipment and management. They fulfill the most important climate-friendly criteria, which combine ecological demands, social commitment and economic success. GreenSign SPA certification enables positioning as a sustainable thermal spa, SPA or wellness area and helps with the ongoing development of sustainability.
3 steps to GreenSign SPA certification.
By filling out and submitting the application form, the GreenSign Institute receives your request directly. You will quickly receive an application confirmation by e-mail with an offer. We can also discuss open questions on the phone or in a video call.
After signing the contract we will send you further information and access to the certification tool. In the next step, you can fill out the catalog directly online.
The actual certification process begins with self-evaluation when filling out the certification tool. The more than 100 criteria of the SPA certification follow recognized frameworks such as ISO 14001, ISO 26000 and GSTC. The ACTUAL status of your SPA operation is evaluated in eight areas.
For an ambitious sustainability strategy at the corporate level, it is essential to consistently incorporate the “17 Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs). Therefore, the GreenSign SPA criteria are largely based on the fields of action of the 17 goals.
Within about 4 weeks, all questions will be answered in the online tool. To fill in the form, it is advisable to take a look at the marked obligatory criteria beforehand, which you have to prove at the latest for the audit, and to look for the corresponding documents. The classification of the sustainability performance is based on the number of points in GreenSign Level 1 to GreenSign Level 5. For a Level 1 rating, at least 19 percent of the criteria within the eight core areas must be met. The highest award, GreenSign Level 5, requires a sustainability performance of over 90 percent.
All SPAs then undergo an on-site inspection in the form of an audit. During the audit, the auditor requests the mandatory documents and various verifications. The SPA manager receives an overview of the required documents in advance.
The audit ends with a qualified audit report, which reflects the sustainability performance of the SPA business. The certification takes place for three years and enables transparent documentation and authentic communication of the sustainable commitment for the period.
The Management and Communication pillars 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 (e.g. employees, customers, suppliers). SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (fewer inequalities).
The environmental pillar includes the ecological areas of energy, water and waste. Strategies and measures to reduce resource consumption are necessary as essential components and influencing factors on the ecological footprint. SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SGD 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 12 (sustainable consumption/production), SDG 13 (climate action).
Biodiversity and the well-being of vital ecosystems are an essential part of a sustainable orientation. A biodiverse farm takes responsibility for the surrounding flora and fauna and contributes its share to their protection and growth. SDG 13 (Climate action), SDG 15 (Life on land)
Purchasing is a central controlling body and indicator for sustainable business. Regional, seasonal, organic and fair-trade care products are increasingly taking on a high status in society and the value chain in SPA purchasing. SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 12 (sustainable consumption and production).
Regionality and mobility are key indicators of sustainability. Regionality contributes to corporate identification and qualitative growth. The topic of mobility requires forward-looking approaches in entrepreneurship. SDG 3 (Health & Wellbeing), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure)
Quality assurance is a core process of sustainability and an essential part of every company. Its further development means securing the future through satisfied and motivated employees, regular guests, and trusting cooperation with all stakeholders. SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth)
Social commitment is the mainstay of sustainable development. It stands for a sense of responsibility and motivation for shaping a sustainable environment in the triad of ecology, social and economic responsibility. SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 4 (high quality education), SDG 10 (fewer inequalities).
Economic stability of companies ensures qualitative and quantitative growth. The collection, evaluation and management of financial and economic data are essential and represent a sense of responsibility to meet external demands and expectations of guests, investors or the media. SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation, infrastructure)
After a successful certification process, the GreenSign Institute awards the GreenSign SPA sustainability certificate at the level achieved. The certification shows possible weak points and potentials for improving the sustainability performance. Recertification takes place after three years with a new on-site audit. With an environmental program on the part of the SPA operation, sustainability measures will also be implemented in the future. We support your SPA in achieving a better perception among guests, new target groups and stakeholders.
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