Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key.
In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.
Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 2: "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture".
According to the UN, "Goal 2 aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. It also commits to universal access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food at all times of the year. This will require sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices, equal access to land, technology and markets and international cooperation on investments in infrastructure and technology to boost agricultural productivity." In the link above, you can read about the targets and indicators to Goal 2.
How does Green Key help to achieve Goal 2?
The Green Key criteria include several requirements and guidelines that promote sustainable food production and support local agricultural businesses:
- Each Green Key awarded establishment must purchase and register at least three types of food/drink products that are organic, ecolabelled, fair-trade labelled and/or locally produced. By this means, each establishment supports sustainable food producers and stimulates the local economy. (criterion 8.1)
- In addition, Green Key awarded sites are encouraged to take initiatives to buy seasonal products, less meat products and no products from endangered fish, seafood or other species to make their meals more sustainable. (criterion 8.3)
- The Green Key programme supports vegetarian alternatives on the menu card as meat-free dishes have a lower environmental footprint. (criterion 8.5)
- The Green Key criteria also promote the active support of activities or initiatives for social community development including, among others, education, health, sanitation and infrastructure. This includes initiatives for the provision of basic food, water and energy services. (criterion 11.4)
- The programme promotes the provision of means for local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products in the establishment. This includes the possibility for local farmers or food producers to either sell their products to the hotel or directly to the guests (criterion 11.5)
A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.