Each of the GSTC® logos has a specific meaning and can be displayed only by those authorized to do so. GSTC takes seriously the task of verification of claims of sustainability. We hope you will support those efforts, and we encourage you to reward certified businesses and destinations by using their products and services.
No GSTC logos or any version of GSTC logo, may be used without qualifying for the usage of that logo or without written consent from the GSTC.
This logo is used only by GSTC® or those with written permission.
GSTC Member logo
GSTC Members proudly display the GSTC Member logo. This means that the organization supports the work of the GSTC® and the GSTC Criteria. The GSTC Member logo is reserved for usage by Organization Members and Destination Members and may not be used by Individual Members.
GSTC Accredited Certification Body logo
Certification Bodies that are Accredited by GSTC® may display this logo.
Certified to the GSTC Criteria logo
Hotels and other accommodations, tour operators, or destinations that are certified by a Certification Body that has been accredited by the GSTC® may use this logo. Note that it has a unique code at the bottom, assigned based on the organization being certified, and used to track and verify that only legitimate users may display this logo. These organizations have taken the difficult but important step to get certified for their sustainable practices. Please reward their good efforts by showing preference in purchasing your travel products from these companies.
In short, the “Certified to the GSTC Criteria” logo is used exclusively by travel providers certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body; Each instance of the Logo must contain a unique “Certified to the GSTC Criteria” identification code.
GSTC recommends that hotels and tour operators that are certified by a GSTC-Accredited Certification Body display the logo of the Certification Body on the hotel / tour operator website where it describes its sustainability policies and practices. Doing so strengthens the sustainability message to clients and stakeholders by pointing out that the business has achieved an independently-audited level of sustainable practices.
Additionally, to add further credibility to those sustainability claims by the hotel / tour operator and to the Certification Body, the hotel / tour operator can display the GSTC Certified to the GSTC Criteria (CoC) logo to compliment the Certification Body’s logo. The GSTC logo cannot be displayed on its own, it must be displayed together with the GSTC-Accredited Certification Body that certified the hotel / tour operator.