We want to make sustainable development a priority for everyone within our business and we do this by building sustainability into our everyday business practices.
We are widely regarded as industry leaders in sustainable development and we want to involve our people, as much as possible, in sustainability initiatives that will have a positive and lasting impact in the communities where we operate – both at home and in our destinations.
Charity Day scheme
Our Specialist & Activity sector has led the way with their Charity Day scheme – giving over 6,000 colleagues the opportunity to have a paid day for voluntary projects each year. The volunteer days have supported several local charities such as the waste food distribution charity, Fairshare, the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice and community healthy eating campaigns run by Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.
Project Discovery is an overseas volunteering scheme open to all TUI UK & Ireland employees. It is organised in partnership with the sustainable tourism charity, The Travel Foundation, a recipient of funding from the World Care Fund which is supported by our customer donation scheme.
Volunteers’ skills are matched to a Travel Foundation project overseas and they then spend one to two weeks helping to set up or develop that sustainable tourism initiative. Volunteers travelled to Sri Lanka to help establish a tree nursery in an area of the rainforest affected by the tsunami, as well as helping with community-owned tree nurseries that generate income and employment for the local community.
Read our In Focus article ‘Jam today and jam tomorrow’ to find out more about this programme.
Street Child World Cup
Street Child World Cup has been selected as the Specialist & Activity sector’s chosen charity for the next three years. Colleagues will be involved in raising as much money as possible for millions of vulnerable children living on the streets around the world. The main charity event is the Street Child World Cup football tournament taking place in Rio, Brazil in 2014, which brings together teams of street children from 20 countries to compete in the tournament. One of our first major fundraising initiatives is the ‘SAS 100 challenge’, where 100 colleagues will pledge to raise £1,000 either individually or as a team for this worthy cause.
For more initiatives on how we are engaging colleagues in sustainability please click here.