UCS demonstrates integrity in every aspect of the process, requiring honesty, fairness and consistency throughout.
The processes of UCS spread confidence in certification as a meaningful way of identifying and stimulating good sustainability practice in the tourism sector.
UCS is not allowing the process to be open to any forms of influence which might raise doubts about the objectivity of the decisions taken.
UCS seeks the recognition of standards and accreditation to be as accessible as possible to all relevant certification schemes and certification to be as accessible as possible to all tourism enterprises. UCS is not allowing any discrimination on grounds of size and location and financial barriers are minimized.
All recognized sustainable tourism standards covering sustainable tourism address all aspects of UCS sustainability, including socio-economic, cultural and environmental impacts.
All the processes of UCS are reliable and comply with the requirements of the Standard ISO/IEC 17065 and other mandatory for application in UCS standards relative to its accreditation (GSTC-Accreditation Manual) and require high standards and levels of sustainability to be met.
The processes of UCS are impacts driven and shaped to help as many tourism enterprises as possible to achieve maximum change towards sustainability. The accreditation program of UCS is directed to strengthen the impact of the certification schemes.
The standards required and processes adopted in UCS are transparent and available for scrutiny by stakeholders.
The processes of UCS are directed to recognition and encouraging the diversity of local, regional and sectoral certification schemes, including their criteria and standards, provided there is no loss of sustainability outcomes.
The accreditation process of UCS is directed to be practicable and sustainable over time and not place burdens on certification schemes that they could not meet.