What is Whole Ranking?

Whole Ranking, developed by and licensed from Whole Travel, provides a simple evaluation of the sustainability of travel suppliers. Designed to be in harmony with existing certification schemes, Whole Ranking is a streamlined assessment tool that allows you to compare the sustainability of hotels, resorts, tour operators and other travel providers around the world.  It also helps us diagnose the particular strengths and weaknesses of each hotel so we can help them move forward with their sustainability programs. Each supplier receives a Level 1-5 ranking, based on responses to a self-assessment questionnaire and verified by follow-up site visits by members of the Whole Travel Foundation team.

Whole Ranking in depth.

Whole Ranking evaluates sustainability in four areas:

1. Economic Management
The supplier and its employees adopt and follow sustainable business practices. Hiring practices are non-discriminatory and economic benefits are provided to the local community.
Some examples:
•    High percentage of employees live within 20 km.
•    Supplier educates and trains local/indigenous people for employment.
•    Purchasing plan includes organic, locally produced foods.

2. Environmental Management
The supplier’s activities minimally impact the local environment.
Some examples:
•    Grey water is reused for non-potable water needs.
•    Alternative, renewable energy sources power the majority of the supplier’s energy needs.
•    Employees and customers participate in solid waste reuse / recycling programs.
•    Supplier helps manage a protected area.

3. Customer Interaction
The supplier consistently satisfies the customer’s expectations and solicits feedback. Customers are engaged in the supplier’s sustainability programs involving the environment and local communities.
Some examples:
•    Supplier informs customers about local culture, history, and ecology.
•    Customers can provide written feedback about the supplier’s sustainability and general operations.

4. Social and Cultural Support
The supplier positively contributes to the preservation and development of the local community and is sensitive to the needs of indigenous populations.
Some examples:
•    Store sells locally produced handicrafts and other local goods.
•    Supplier belongs to an organization that focuses on local environmental and/or social issues.
•    Supplier supports the maintenance of local infrastructure through economic or in-kind means.