Rainforest Alliance loses Green Tourism support following BBC exposé

Rainforest Alliance loses Green Tourism support following BBC exposé

Green Tourism The UK based international body, which has thousands of members and affiliates across Britain, Europe, North America, Africa and Australasia, will no longer give businesses credit towards their environmentally friendly assessments for using Rainforest Alliance certified products. The move follows an undercover report by the BBC which revealed very poor workers rights and estate plantation practices in a number of Rainforest Alliance accredited sites.

In Brief
  • Green Tourism will now only count certifications by bodies such as the Forestry Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council, Fair Trade Foundation and organic food certification or local food initiatives, as being ethical and truly environmentally friendly.
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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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