Thanks to the collaboration agreement reached by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Spanish Global Compact Network, thirteen Spanish companies have joined the commitment to develop practices of corporate social responsibility standing up for sustainable tourism. Entitled “Responsible tourism: a commitment by all”, the initiative which was launched on September 19th highlights the role of tourism enterprises to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including tourism as an effective tool in the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental -, are the new global agenda for a more fair and equal world that simultaneously preserve natural resources. The involvement of the private sector in this process is essential and has been identified as a key to the implementation of the new Agenda 2030.
"We are witnessing a key moment to consolidate a more sustainable tourism, respectful of the environment and local cultures, because in a few months will begin the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, an unprecedented milestone in which the involvement and commitment of the private sector becomes an essential component", said the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai.
The involvement of the 13 Spanish companies in the agreement between the World Tourism Organization and the Spanish Global Compact Network is the implementation of different initiatives on corporate social responsibility that will be reflected in a site created for this purpose, which includes an e-publication, testimonial videos and a compilation of best practices. Also these companies have signed the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the 10 Principles of Global Compact, which address areas such as quality jobs, local impact of business operations, innovation, education, human rights and health.
"This initiative is pioneering not only by the involvement of the private sector in the Agenda 2030, but also by the need to involve key stakeholders in the sector achieving a responsible and sustainable tourism. Considering a challenge in the third world’s most visited country offers interesting possibilities to replicate this project at a global level", said Ángel Pes, President of the Spanish Global Compact Network.
Companies that are part of the working group that have deployed actions are: Europa Mundo Vacaciones S.L., Formagrupo, Fuerte Hoteles S.L., Iberia, Ilunion Hotels (Grupo Ilunion S.A.), Minube, NH Hotel Group S.A., Ostelea, School of Tourism & Hospitality, Port Aventura, RENFE, Segittur, Tarannà Viajes con sentido y Viajes El Corte Inglés (El Corte Inglés S.A.).
- This site and its information will be translated into English soon