Latest Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel IssuedLatest Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel IssuedEcoclub Ecolodge™ is a unique, zero-carbon, transparent ecolabel for genuine ecolodges! It is offered for FREE to eligible accommodation facilities following the successful completion of the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Audit process. You may find the facilities currently recognised as Ecoclub Ecolodges™ here.

BENEFITS

1. Recognition as an Ecoclub Ecolodge™

2. Personalised Logo with the name of your Ecolodge, Country and the current year.

3. Listing in the Ecoclub Ecotourism Directory, in the 'Ecolodges' section.

4. Promotion on Ecoclub and our social media.

BACKGROUND

The Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel, established in 2007, is based on the four Ecoclub Criteria (1. Minimise your Environmental Impact. 2. Respect Human Rights, Labour Rights and Animal Rights 3. Meet Real Local Needs and help Eliminate Poverty & Injustice. 4. Increase Knowledge & Intercultural Understanding.) the GSTC Industry Criteria, and the European Union Ecolabel Criteria for Tourist Accommodation . Our system keeps evolving but from day 1 our aim was to create something meaningful and genuine by (a) minimizing conflicts of interest (b) minimizing our rating system's environmental footprint, (c) being transparent (d) being affordable (e) being user-friendly and, last but not least, (f) avoiding greenwashing! 

AUDIT PROCESS

(last update 16 October 2021)

STEP 1: Application & Eligibility Check 
The Accommodation Owner (or the Director of the company owning the accommodation) completes the Application Form. The Ecoclub Ecolodge Auditor, decides if the Accommodation facility is eligible (eligibility terms can be found in the next section). 

STEP 2: Audit Questionnaire Completion
The Applicant is asked to complete the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Audit Questionnaire which contains detailed questions divided into four sections corresponding to the four Ecoclub Ecotourism Criteria. The Questionnaire must be completed and signed by the Accommodation Owner or the Director of the company owning the accommodation. Answers must be supported by as much pictorial and video evidence as possible.

STEP 3: Audit Report Preparation
The Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Auditor, checks the returned Questionnaire for completeness and then prepares the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Audit Report (see an example) for the Accommodation facility. The Auditor reserves the right to edit text and images for grammar, typos, clarity and space but never enhances or improves replies. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to collect all necessary information and evidence and to present it in an orderly fashion.

STEP 4: Remote Audit
The Auditor, assesses the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Audit Report. Each criterion section in the Questionnaire is of equal weight. The maximum score that the Auditor can award in each section is 4, and the minimum 0; when a criterion is fully met, 4 points are awarded, 2 points if it is partly met, and no points if it is not at all met. The maximum total is 16 points. If the Applicant achieves at least 10 out of 16, by fully meeting 1 criterion and partly meeting 3 criteria, the facility is accepted and recognised as an Ecoclub Ecolodge™

ELIGIBILITY

(last update: 2 October 2021)

1. To be eligible for an Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel Audit, accommodation facilities should:

(a) be locally-owned, including by an individual, a family (including expat families), a cooperative, its workers, a non-profit, or the municipality.

(b) be officially licensed to operate as a Tourism Accommodation facility, and fully comply with local environmental, labour and tax legislation.

(c) have at least 4 and no more than 30 rooms.

(d) be fully open at least 6 months every year in the same location (i.e. no temporary camps).

(e) serve and be legally allowed to serve (at least) breakfast to guests. (Short-term Rentals, Villas and Homestays may apply for our Ecoclub Recommended™ Label)

(f) have completed at least 1 Year in operation as an accommodation facility under the current ownership.

(g) not operate, feature or promote captive wild animal displays/enclosures or nature-consumptive leisure activities including "game hunting" or "sport fishing".

(h) not be up for sale - if a facility is put up for sale during the Audit process, the process will be cancelled.

2. The Audit Reports of successful Applicants are permanently displayed. When there is a new Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Audit Report for a property, the old Audit Report will also be displayed for comparison purposes. 

3. Successful Applicants may request a new Audit, free of charge, at least 3 years after the previous one. Unsuccessful Applicants may also request a new Audit, free of charge, one year after the previous one as long as significant improvements have been made.

4. Successful Applicants who wish to display a personalised Ecoclub Ecolodge™ logo on their website, social media or other online locations should link it to their audit page on Ecoclub for verification purposes.

5. We reserve the right to decline an Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Application for any reason, including if we feel the Applicant is not compatible with our Philosophy, and/or to cancel and recall an Ecolabel and Certificate if credible evidence which contradicts claims in the Application process emerges or if improper use of the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ logo is made. We also reserve the right to suspend the process if there was a significant change in the business details or surrounding area circumstances (e.g. war, civil unrest or violence), or if the business ceases to operate or is sold to new owners. (The new owners are welcome to apply one full fiscal year after operating the property).

FEES

Free of charge!

TO APPLY

Please complete the Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Application Form

Do you have any questions before applying? Would you like to recommend someone we should invite? Contact us!

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Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel Terms (last updated 6 July 2021):  (1) "Ecoclub Ecolodge™ Ecolabel" (hereafter 'the Service') is an online Service offered by ECOCLUB S.A. (hereafter 'We', 'us') to an Individual (hereafter 'You') who is the official, legal owner of an eligible accommodation facility which completes the Service procedure, as stated on this page (https://ecoclub.com/join/ecolodge). (2) Service Benefits and Fees are as stated on this page (https://ecoclub.com/join/ecolodge) and may be amended at any time without notice.  (3) We make no guarantees as to the quality, non-interruption, availability, performance or benefits of the Service. Our website and all our (online) services are subject to availability and depend on factors outside our control. We do not guarantee any potential or speculated business profits or benefits attached to the Service. (4) Information that appears on the ecoclub.com website and email communications and in any Member sections, is provided for your own personal and direct use only and it should not be resold in any way, retransmitted, reproduced, broadcast or copied online or in any other form, without written permission. Violators will be instantly and permanently banned from the Service. (5) You agree to receive regular email communications from us from which you may opt-out at any time. (6) You agree not to hold us responsible in relation to any damages caused by offering or failing to offer the Service or a component of the Service. (6) Refund policy: We do not issue any refunds. (7) The provision of fraudulent information by you in your application form will lead to immediate termination of the Service, with no refund. (8) Upon expiry or termination of the Service, you will immediately remove and destroy all information and promotional material related to the Service. (9) You agree to indemnify ECOCLUB S.A. against all claims made in relation to you and/or your Company. The payment of such indemnity shall not prevent us from seeking any and all damages suffered by us as a result of your illegal behaviour or breach of contract. (10) Your failure to meet any of these terms and conditions or your engagement in illegal acts will lead to the immediate termination of the Service, without refund. (11) We will make no refund in case our website and/or company cease operations. (12) These terms and benefits can be updated and/or amended at any time without notice by posting at https://ecoclub.com/join/ecolodge. It is your responsibility to periodically check this page for changes. (13) Any dispute arising from this Agreement will be referred to the Law Courts of Athens, Greece, according to the Greek Laws. (14) You indicate and acknowledge that you have read, understood and accepted the above Terms & Conditions.
1. If you decide to display the ECOCLUB.com Ecolodge Member Logo in your website, you should directly link it to your rating page at ECOCLUB.com, for verification purposes.