Quinta do Bom Despacho – GOLD in The Azores 

Posted on February 1, 2017 in Current News - 0 comments - 6

Located just outside the historic centre of Ponta Delgada, Quinta do Bom Despacho is the home of sustainable holidays and events in the Azorean capital. Quinta do Bom Despacho has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable development by achieving one of the highest Green Growth 2050 Certification scores in their recent onsite audit.

Wayne McKinnon, CEO of Green Growth 2050, said “We are excited to have Quinta do Bom Despacho as our first GOLD Certified Hotel & Event property in The Azores; one of the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations.”

“Quinta do Bom Despacho is a showcase for lived responsible action”  said Wayne. “Firstly, sustainability is a conviction for both Joana and Jaime and their team – there is no need to explain nor convince them. Both their drive and no-compromise attitude underpin the credibility for what they do. What  is particularly inspiring is their drive to spread the word and get others to buy-into sustainable action. Already several of the volunteers that have worked with them have taken up sustainability careers and studies, clearly inspired by what is being done and lived at Quinta do Bom Despacho”

“Joana’s drive, profound knowledge, experience and enthusiasm is not confined to Quinta”, he added.  “She actively inspires and engages with the community and is becoming a strong voice on the island; acting as a catalyst to have people think and act differently. There is a growing list of projects that will come to fruition in the near future, showcasing that it is possible.  Projects designed to make a difference and highlighting that sustainability certification is not about ticking boxes but rather about the spirit and drive to do business in a responsible way that benefits the society, engaging stakeholders alike.”, said Wayne.

Joana Borges Coutinho, General Manager of Quinta do Bom Despacho, and the entire team found the Green Growth 2050 Certification to be invaluable.  “While we already had a deep understanding of the sustainability field, Green Growth 2050 helped us structure the business management and formalise many of their company policies. Stuff we assumed as obvious – but found out through the process how important it was for our staff, volunteers and clients to have it all communicated in a clear way” said Joana.

Joana added, “The audits were always friendly and excellent work opportunities, where our staff felt recognised for their efforts and where we were able to have real bonding time over our common objectives. The auditor presence was instrumental and inspirational well beyond our farmgate: his continued support, expertise and good humour has empowered us and others to move forward the sustainability agenda in these very precious and very vulnerable islands.”

“We are very proud to be certified to a high Gold Standard, and to have had a world-class score. We have a vision to champion sustainable tourism in the Azores and in Portugal, and we will commit all the way to platinum: just give us time!”, said Joana.

We are sure you will get there.

More about Quinta do Bom Despacho

Quinta do Bom Despacho is a seventeenth century manor house, sitting on the outskirts of Ponta Delgada. We bring together the best of both worlds across times: a rich Historical and cultural heritage, and an inspiring vision for a future where responsible behaviour allows our children to enjoy what our ancestors left us.

In under two years since our opening we have been able to demonstrate a solid business model based on the tenets of sustainable development, and have a become a reference for our community. Having almost doubled the financial indicator predictions laid out in our business plan, we have also been home to several school visits, work experience programmes, international volunteering (over 100 volunteers so far!), and regular visits from less privileged groups in our community, such as the unemployed, the mentally ill, people with several types and levels of disability, among others. We have shown a somewhat conservative society that one can make money in ethical ways, and that many tourists are very attracted to our value proposition: that of being responsible with our people and our planet. It has been a real game changer, and we have a lot of work to do to keep it up and keep it moving.

We also host several events, and our child birthday parties are a huge success to those who dare to be different: traditional games, tractor rides, healthy snacks and catering served on reusable plates, feeding the chicken and taking home herb cuttings instead of sugar-laden party bags are some of our specialities. For the older children and teenagers: dance, yoga, juggling or pool parties in our natural swimming pond help to set a trend for coming generations: Ecologic is the new cool!

To learn more visit our website at https://www.quintadobomdespacho.com/en/


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