Antecedent: partnership for sustainable development

In the new global stage marked by the recently approved Development Agenda 2030 based on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the tourism sector is no stranger to the role that must develop towards sustainability.

Global Compact and UNWTO as private sector interlocutors for achieving the SDGs and the Development Agenda 2030, signed the alliance "Responsible Tourism: a commitment by all" to promote social responsibility among companies and trade associations in the tourism sector, and to promote a real and lasting commitment of agents of the sector with ethical and universal principles towards the development of responsible and sustainable tourism.

This sector is essential for the economy and social well-being and has conscious actors which are able to exemplify the true impact of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is about reducing the negative impacts that the tourism industry may have in its daily activity as well as increase and value positive aspects of a responsible management.

In short, being able to turn companies in the sector into socio-economic development agents to help eradicate inequality, lack of opportunities, protect the environment and ensure global sustainability.

Currently: presentation of the work on September 19th

This alliance materialized on September 2015, and has a relevant turning point presentation of the work carried out during the past year on September 19th, 2016. The conference is called "The tourism sector and the challenge of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)". The program and the speakers can be consulted here (in Spanish).

Future: 2017 is the year of sustainable tourism

UNWTO and Global Compact expect to increase and spread practices so that they are a starting point for more organizations in the sector, celebrating in 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Knowledge and best practices

New products will be easy to consult from a microsite: "Responsible Tourism: a commitment by all". The goal is knowledge and dissemination.

Main contents:

  • E-publication: It includes the context of the tourism sector, the key for companies landing the SDGs, challenges in sustainability.
  • Good practices carried out by the organizations of the working group.
  • Audiovisual material:
    • A video spot about sustainable tourism and the strengths of the private sector
    • Video-interviews carried out by managers of the companies involved in the project