Interested in Becoming a Biosphere Committed Company?

The Biosphere Adhesion Program allows tourism industry stakeholders within the Thompson Okanagan to become part of the Biosphere Commitment.

Our goal is to establish collaborative synergies within our tourism industry by inviting stakeholders to adopt the Biosphere commitment to sustainability.

The Adhesion Program follows a six-step process, resulting in being recognized as a Biosphere Committed Entity. Through the process, you will work with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association who will provide guidance for smooth adherence into the program.

Six Steps to Adhesion

  1. Stakeholder Commitment
    Sign the commitment and make the first annual payment. Contract and invoice will be sent by email.
  2. Getting Started Guide
    After the commitment process is complete, you will receive a “Getting Started Guide” which will provide in-depth information regarding program requirements, program benefits, online account setup, and next steps.
  3. Online Account Setup
    You will receive login information for the Biosphere dashboard. The online dashboard is where you will upload and provide evidence for the Sustainable Development Goal Areas the program requires.
  4. Activate the Regional Pledge
    As the first requirement to meeting the Biosphere Adhesion criteria, we ask that you verbally commit to showcasing a regional pledge. The pledge will enable both industry and consumers to signify and share their commitment to responsible tourism.
  5. Education and Training
    An important aspect of Biosphere Adhesion criteria is training and education. As such, you will be required to provide evidence of professional development for sustainability practices within your organization.
  6. Verification of Sustainable Evidence
    Upload remaining requirements as outlined by the Biosphere Commitment, which in Year One includes the Three Goal Areas identified below.

Biosphere Adhesion Program

As a Biosphere Committed Company, you will be required to meet key sustainable tourism practices as outlined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Each year, the Biosphere Interdepartmental Committee, who oversees the Biosphere Program direction, will re-evaluate and determine goal areas that as an industry, we would like to meet.

Initially, we have determined 3 action points that cover 5 goal areas, that will be a requirement to meet the Biosphere Adhesion Commitment.

  • Activate the Regional Pledge
    Pledge to be created through stakeholder and interdepartmental committee consultations.
  • Education and Training
    A list of programs will be provided, however, you are encouraged to submit any other training programs that your organization may attend that are related to sustainability.
  • Internal Practices
    Required to provide evidence on internal practices that meet three initial goal areas:

    • Goal Area 5, Gender Equality: The entity must verify that non-discriminatory language is used within the organization, including hiring procedures and marketing materials.
    • Goal Area 7, Clean Energy: The entity must verify the responsible use of energy and provide evidence supporting the implementation of measures to improve energy efficiency. Examples may include the use of LED lighting, energy saving internal policy, educational material to raise awareness of energy saving.
    • Goal Area 12, Responsible Consumption and Production: The entity applies measures to minimize waste products and disposables where possible. Examples include recycling and re-use policy, use of composting, proper waste disposal, education materials promoting responsible disposal.

Key Benefits of the Program

  • Join an internationally recognized sustainability system aligned with the Responsible Tourism Institute, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council
  • Use of the Official Biosphere Adhesion Committed Company Logo
  • Recognition through TOTA’s social and digital marketing platforms
  • Recognition on the official Biosphere international website and booking platform
  • Participate in the TOTA Biosphere Awards – recognizing Sustainable Business Excellence within the region
  • Onsite video opportunities for Biosphere Committed Companies.

For more information on how to get involved with this program, sign up below and we’ll be in touch with next steps.