15 June 2018 – TUI Group, the world’s leading integrated tourism group, today launched its 2017 Sustainability Report, highlighting progress against the Better Holidays, Better World strategy. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around four core pillars where the company aims to create change at scale to advance sustainable tourism – in its own operations, through its value chain, customers and employees, across the wider industry and beyond. With 2017 marking the mid-way point in the strategy, significant progress has already been made in the first three years.
In this report, TUI maps key initiatives to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As well as managing the company’s impacts on the economy, society and environment, the Better Holidays, Better World strategy aims to share the benefits of tourism with local communities in the form of jobs and educational opportunities, while protecting human rights throughout the value chain. The TUI Care Foundation was established in 2016 as the central platform to enhance positive impacts of tourism in destinations.
Thomas Ellerbeck, Member of the Group Executive Committee and responsible for sustainability: “Social and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin when it comes to our social responsibility. From the introduction of extremely carbon-efficient aircraft to hotels with recognised high environmental standards, from excursions characterised by their sustainability criteria to projects which facilitate vocational training for local youth in the growing tourism sector. TUI’s sustainability strategy ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ stands for a holistic approach to the challenges of more sustainable tourism, across the entire value chain of a holiday”.
Jane Ashton, Director Sustainable Development at TUI Group: “As the world’s leading tourism business, TUI Group has a responsibility to advance sustainable tourism. Three years into our six year strategy, our goals remain challenging. But with the efforts of our colleagues and suppliers, and the fruitful collaborations we have embarked upon with destination partners and other experts, we are optimistic that we are on the right track to deliver better holidays for a better world”.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director TUI UK & Ireland: “We are absolutely committed to delivering our Better Holidays, Better World strategy in the UK and we are delighted our airline is ranked as the most carbon-efficient in the world. With over 80% of our carbon footprint coming from our aircraft, investing in more efficient planes is key. The delivery of 16 new Boeing 737 MAX by end of 2020 in the UK will support the delivery of our commitment to further reduce the carbon intensity of our operations offering up to 14% less carbon emissions than our previous comparable aircraft Boeing 737-800”.
Sustainability achievements – TUI Group made notable progress during 2017, the midway point in its Better Holidays, Better World 2015 – 2020 strategy. Highlights from the strategy’s four core pillars include:
TUI aims to operate Europe’s most carbon efficient airlines and reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by 10% by 2020.
TUI aims to deliver 10 million ‘greener and fairer’ holidays per year by 2020, enabling more local people to share in the benefits of tourism.
TUI will invest 10 million Euros per year by 2020 to enhance the positive impacts of tourism, using the TUI Care Foundation to support this work.
TUI aims to achieve a colleague engagement score of over 80 – aligning us with the top 25 global companies – by 2020.
1 ‘Greener and fairer’ holidays are defined as those that include a hotel with a credible sustainability certification recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
2 Data from the six largest European airlines. Latest publicly available data, March 2018
3 2017 atmosfair Airline Index – an independent climate change organisation
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