The international certification Biosphere, promoted by the Barcelona city council, has contact us for an interview which we are very proud of, and want to share it here with you.
“The only possible way in to the future is the sustainable tourism. Interview Eva Martinez CEO Youstylish Barcelona Apartments.”
“Social connections bring people closer together and generate collaborative synergies. We strongly believe in a win-win between businesses of Barcelona”, Eva Martínez, co-founder of the YouStylish Apartments Barcelona company.
What does YouStylish.com Barcelona Apartments do?
We are a company dedicated to renting tourist apartments. We have always chosen quality over quantity. Our apartments reflect our passion and are located in emblematic places such as Paseo de Gracia, Rambla Cataluña, etc. We manage elegant, cosmopolitan, comfortable apartments, that are what we call “Stylish”.
We have great respect for the owners/providers of these apartments and we are commited so that our activity is integrated into the city life, the neighborhood and especially the building in a civic and respectful way.
We love to interact with people from all over the world since we do not only offer accommodation but an experience and support to enjoy the city of Barcelona and its surroundings. We are very proud of our young, international and very professional team.
What model of tourism do you identify with? What does having the Biosphere Tourism certificate mean to you?
Fot us it’s very clear that the only possible way for the future is sustainable tourism, that places as priority respect, civility and promotion of the local commerce and culture. We are very proud to have obtained this certification promoted by the Barcelona City Council, thanks to the help from YouStylish team.
This quality seal is very much in line with our philosopjy and trajectory as a company, promoting respect for the environment, culture, working conditions, gender equality and social and economic return. It requires great commitment from management and the entire team, professionalizing processes and following established protocols.
What do you do to promote sustainability in your work activity?
The truth is that our work activity has not changed much, we have always been a sustainable company in the broadest sense. It is a way of being and doing. There is absolute respect for people in the company and gender equity is taken into account.
We have taken part in the awards given by Barcelona City Council on work-life balance, as we are proud to offer flexible working conditions to our employees.
Some of the axes of work, beyond sustainability, are gender equality, transparency and ultimately, the will to improve the world in which we live. What do they do to promote these goals?
Yes, we are a company made by people and for people. We have surrounded ourselves with the best people, our owners and our team. We believe in continuous improvement, littleby little.
The entire team is highly aware of respect for others and the environment. As lovers of Barcelona, it´s natural for us to recommend and promote local commerce and culture to our clients.
With respect to the ONU 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: what role do they give you in your task?
The ONU 2030 goals are very broad and from our company, in a very humble way, we especially work on gender equality, responsible consumption, collaboration with local suppliers, the purcharse of environmentally friendly cleaning products, the recycling, collaboration with entities that help in the job placement of people with funcional diversity and donation to social entities.
During this complex period, we have committed to donating 3% of our online bookings to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The company has written an article on where to dispose of single-use masks and gloves. Why is this information important?
We live in a present in which we want to reduce the consumption of plastic, but what we see now is totally contradictory. We must remember the importance of making good use of plastic and how to manage the waste of the sanitary protection materials, which have now become part of our lives.
How have you adapted as a company to the current situation generated by Covid-19?
Luckily at YouStylish we are all in very good health, which is the most important thing. In the line of work-life balance, it has been years since we have been able to work remotely thanks to technological investments. In this sense, adaptation has not been difficult.
The problem is that, like other sectors, we have been almost closed all this time, therefore, we have not had to reinvent ourselves generating new cleaning (disinfection) and Customer Care protocols.
I would also like to highlight that we have had the opportunity to provide healthcare personnel with complimentary accommodation, thanks to the generosity of our owners.
How and when did you learn about the Barcelona + Sustainable (B+S) network? What is it for you?
Well, I wouldn´t know exactly what to tell you, but we have had a long collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and actively participated in the iniciatives of the Barcelona City Council. We consider it vital to be part of a community in which we feel very identified. Social connections bring people closer together and generate collaborative synergies. We strongly believe in a win-win between businesses of Barcelona.
What challenges or future projects do you have in terms of sustainability?
The first great challengue is to share our initiatives with the clients and that they take their part understanding the benefit that it represents for everyone. Furthermore, we would like to improve the accessibility of our buildings and make a more comprehensive occupational risk prevention plan than the one we currently have.
Finally, and as a permanent challenge, we want to maintain the very high quality standars required by the city of Barcelona.
What are you most proud of in your work?
I´m sure I will repeat myself here, but I am very very proud of our human team, they make it possible for us to move forward and always improve.
I wanted to add that the work promoted by the Barcelona City Council on sustainability is a great initiative, but that for now, there are few companies that are working towards responsible tourism as part of the Biosphere Certificate.
Actions must be vigorously promoted!