The business informs guests on responsible purchasing of local products and services, where this has been identified as a risk

What does this mean?

  • The business needs to actively inform guests about the responsible purchasing of local products and services.
  • As above this can be done for example through a guest code of conduct, info leaflets or personal explanations from employees.
  • The business should also ensure that is gives preference in its communications to local products and services with some community or Fair Trade involvement.

What do I do?

  • In order to inform guests correctly, businesses need to first establish what risks there are (if any) with regards to local purchasing.
  • In South Africa this could include:
    • Permits needed to buy protected wildlife products
    • Permits needed for guests from certain countries in terms of taking home wooden products, meat and wildlife products.
  • Regulations state that exports of animal or plant species indigenous to South Africa, including a vast range of succulent plants, animal skins and curios, require an export permit.
  • In addition, agricultural quarantine restrictions may be imposed on some plants and bird species.

The following websites could be helpful:

In the Resource Centre you will find a copy of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).