Sustainable Management of accommodation establishments according ISO 21401: 2018 – Sustainability management system for accommodation establishments

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The client experience in an accommodation establishments is built through a series of events that begin with selecting the hotel, going through booking and hosting to the relationship with activities pos sales.

As shown in the diagram above part of the construction of this experience can be observed when the client accesses the reception to check in, using the infrastructure and the services available until the check out process. Thus the reception, accommodation, food and beverages and leisure processes are those where there is direct contact with the client. However, many other fundamental processes for the operation of accommodation establishments occur behind the scenes such as: commercial, cleaning services, maintenance, reservations, F & B, procurement, for example. This whole set must be managed with a focus on the business objectives and aligned with the strategy and in compliance with established policies.

The sustainable management of the business involves considering the sustainability aspects, represented in the diagram above, during the processes of take decisions. It is important taking actions to achieve the objectives, minimizing the negative impacts of sustainability for each one of these aspects.

ISO 21401: 2018 (Sustainability Management System for Hosting) describes the elements of a Management System focused on transforming the accommodation establishments into a truly sustainable business.

Gestão Sustentável de Meios de hospedagem segundo a norma ISO 21401:2018 – Sistema de gestão da sustentabilidade de meios de hospedagem

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A experiência do cliente em um meio de hospedagem é construída por uma série de eventos que se iniciam com a seleção e escolha do hotel, passando pela reserva e hospedagem até o relacionamento com o empreendimento nas atividades pós venda.

Conforme representado no diagrama acima parte da construção desta experiência pode ser observada quando o cliente acessa a recepção para check in, usufrui da hospedagem, incluindo a infra estrutura e os serviços disponíveis até o processo do check out. Assim os processos recepção, hospedagem, alimentação e lazer são aqueles onde há contato direto com o cliente. Contudo muitos outros processos fundamentais para o funcionamento de um meio de hospedagem ocorrem nos bastidores como: comercial, governança, manutenção, reservas, A&B, compras, por exemplo. Todo este conjunto deve ser gerenciado com foco nos objetivos do negócio e alinhado à estratégia e em cumprimento às políticas estabelecidas.

A gestão sustentável do negócio envolve considerar os aspectos de sustentabilidade, representados no diagrama acima, que estão presentes em todos estes processos internos tomando-se ações que aumentem chance de atendimento aos objetivos do meio de hospedagem, mas minimizando os impactos negativos de sustentabilidade para cada um dos aspectos.

A ISO 21401: 2018 (Sistema de Gestão de Sustentabilidade para Meios de Hospedagem) descreve então os elementos de um Sistema de Gestão com foco em transformar o meio de hospedagem em um negócio verdadeiramente sustentável.

A norma ISO 21401:2018 – Sistema de gestão da sustentabilidade de meios de hospedagem – requisitos

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ISO 21401:2018 – Sustainability management system for accommodation establishments – Requirements

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A norma ISO 21401:2018 – Sistema de gestão da sustentabilidade de meios de hospedagem e os objetivos de desenvolvimento sustentável (ODS) da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU)

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Em 2015 foram definidos pela ONU a Agenda 2030 de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS), os quais foram adotados pelos Estados Membros e incluem questões relevantes como direitos humanos, saúde e segurança, proteção ambiental e desenvolvimento de comunidades locais e da economia local, entre outras.

O cumprimento destes objetivos são compromissos governamentais que envolvem evidentemente também a iniciativa privada, pois o desenvolvimento sustentável se dará pelo engajamento, participação e contribuição de todas as partes interessadas.

A ISO 21401: 2018 (Sistema de Gestão de Sustentabilidade para Meios de Hospedagem) está alinhada com a Agenda 2030 e a sua implementação ajudará as organizações a atingirem os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, essencialmente, gerenciando os principais aspectos e impactos da sustentabilidade relacionados ao negócio.

Além disto os meios de hospedagem terão como benefícios, o fortalecimento de seus negócios, o aumento de competitividade e a melhoria de suas decisões.

Alguns exemplos de conexões entre a norma ISO 21401 e Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS) são:

ISO 21401

SDG

Dimensão Ambiental

Áreas naturais, biodiversidade, flora e fauna

preservar sua própria área natural através da implementação de práticas de conservação e tomar medidas para promover a conservação da flora e da fauna.

Resíduos sólidos, efluentes e emissões

medidas para reduzir, reutilizar ou reciclar os resíduos sólidos e medidas para minimizar o impacto causado pelos efluentes líquidos ao meio ambiente e à saúde pública.

Eficiência energética

medidas para minimizar o consumo de energia, particularmente de fontes de energia não renováveis.

Conservação e gestão do uso da água

controlar e registrar o consumo de água de fontes externas e de suas próprias fontes.

Dimensão social

Comunidades locais

desenvolver ou estar engajado em ações ou iniciativas voluntárias promovidas por comunidades, organizações governamentais e não-governamentais, com o objetivo de contribuir para o desenvolvimento das comunidades locais

Trabalho e renda

estar comprometido com o uso da população local e produção, incentivando associações locais, qualidade e sustentabilidade.

empregar, na medida do possível, trabalhadores (empregados, subcontratantes ou autônomos) de comunidades locais ou regionais.

Condições de trabalho

garantir que os salários atinjam pelo menos o salário mínimo da categoria e que as instalações dos funcionários atendam às condições mínimas de higiene, segurança e conforto.

Aspectos culturais

iniciativas para promover o conhecimento, a preservação e o respeito pela cultura local.

População nativa

medidas que garantam o respeito aos hábitos, direitos e tradições da população nativa, promovendo sua efetiva participação no processo de gestão da atividade em sua terra ou região, quando aplicável.

Dimensão Econômica

Viabilidade econômica

implementar suas atividades e serviços, considerando sua sustentabilidade econômica no curto, médio e longo prazo.

Qualidade e satisfação do hóspede

implementar produtos e serviços considerando o perfil e as expectativas dos hóspedes. O planejamento de produtos e serviços deve priorizar as tradições sociais e a hospitalidade local.

Saúde e segurança de hóspedes e trabalhadores

estabelecer procedimentos para identificação contínua de riscos, avaliação de riscos e implementação de medidas de controle necessárias.

 

ISO 21401:2018 – Sustainability management system for accommodation establishments and Sustainable development Goals (SDG) from UN (United Nations)

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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:

ISO 21401 SDG

Environmental Dimension

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.

Energy efficiency

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.

 

Social Dimension

Local communities

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.

Work conditions

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.

Cultural aspects

initiatives to promote knowledge, preservation and respect for local culture.

Native population

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 Dimension

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.

 

 

ISO 21401:2018 Tourism and related services — Sustainability management system for accommodation establishments – Requirements: A modern vision for management of Accommodation Establishments

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The global interest for environmental and social themes increases the desire of people to experience more sustainable services and products. The client, the tourist, is becoming more and more conscious and responsible and would like to enjoy tourism sustainable experiences.

ISO 21401 standard that has just been published was developed to meet the demands of sustainable tourism development and can be used by any type, size and geographic location of accommodation establishments.

https://www.iso.org/standard/70869.html

This standard will promote the sustainability agenda and will therefore address issues such as human rights, health and safety, environmental protection and development of local economy.  Essentially, by managing accommodations establishments sustainably there will be a huge value to society.

ISO 21401 define a sustainability management system, including the main aspects of sustainability that should be managed by the accommodation establishments, such as:

  • environmental dimension: water consumption, energy, waste generation and protection fauna and flora;
  • social dimension: the generation of work and income, the valorization of culture and the development of the local community;
  • economic dimension: the prevention of accidents with customers and employees, customer satisfaction and the economic viability of the enterprise.

An sustainability management system is a modern way of doing business. Its implementation allows the accommodations establishments to make its strategic decisions based on information and data related to the positive and negative impacts of the environmental, social and economic dimensions. The adoption of this form of management strengthens the decisions made, contributes to business objectives, reduces costs, improves supplier and community relationships, maximizes guest experience and satisfaction, and improves the image and reputation of the business. business.

Accommodation establishments that implement of the Sustainability Management System based on ISO 21401 will be able to attest to its guests and to the whole market that they are sustainable enterprises. Besides that it will bring benefits to all stakeholders, such as:

  • Community
    • Minimization of negative environmental and social impacts at destination;
    • Increase work and income for the community
    • Improvement in the relationship with the accommodation establishments;
  • Employees
    • Improvement of professional qualification and recognition;
    • Increase engagement and satisfaction;
    • Improvement of the quality of the work environment;
  • Suppliers
    • Increase partnership
    • Development of local suppliers
    • Strengthening the local economy
  • Guests
    • Maximization of satisfaction
    • Increased quality of services
    • Improvement of the tourist experience
  • Local Government
    • Development of destination
    • Strengthening the image of destination
    • Gain competitiveness for the destination;
  • Accommodation establishments
    • Decrease in operating costs
    • Strengthening Business Management
    • Improvement of operational controls
    • Reduce risk and increase opportunities
    • Improvement of the brand image
    • Certification of the Sustainability Management System

The management of the sustainability of Accommodation establishment is the most adequate solution to face the current challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities of the market. To start applying the ISO 21401 standard, it is recommended:

  1. Get to know your Hotel from the point of view of sustainability

Make a diagnosis of the sustainability practices adopted, the current model of business management and how sustainability is applied.

From this, carry out a mapping of the main activities developed in the enterprise, relating the aspects and impacts related to sustainability involved with these activities, always thinking about the three dimensions involved: environmental, social and economic.

  1. Implement Sustainability Indicators

You should quantify the performance of current sustainable management practices. For this, choose and implement a set of sustainability indicators related to the aspects to assess if the practices are actually reducing the negative impacts. This will increase the quality of management decisions to be made.

  1. Define sustainability goals

After identifying the impacts related to the operation of the Hotel and measuring by means of indicators the results it is time to define sustainability goals. Such as reducing water consumption by 10% or increasing guest satisfaction to 90%.

  1. Implement the Sustainability Management System

Implement the requirements of the Management System (ISO 21401) to connect the business strategy with the identified aspects and impacts, objectives, indicators and sustainability practices.

  1. Improve Hotel Performance.

Based on the results obtained and considering all aspects and impacts of sustainability related to your business, plan and implement new sustainable practices and produce improvements in the management of your business.

Have a sustainable management! Make your Hotel environmentally responsible, socially just and economically viable!