The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
The resorts follow the Rainforest Alliance’s 8 principles which address the key areas for the efficient organization of the sustainable companies:
The Sociocultural aspect is organized in 4 principles which address the social aspects of the employees and the community, as well as the respect for and rescue of the heritage and the living culture. The principles are:
The environmental aspect addresses the aspects of the business management with impacts on the ecosystems and the biodiversity, which are related to the climate change. The principles are:
All the standards are implemented through the criteria and indicators which allow measuring the level of conformance. The assessment indicators and evaluation requirements can vary depending to the business sector addressed with the Certification tool (lodging or tour operators).
In order to be eligible for and to maintain the certification granted by Rainforest Alliance, every company audited against this standard must conform with 100% of the requirements denominated critical and with at least 70% of the overall standard.