TUI Travel is working in collaboration with many organisations, charities and stakeholders whose insights and guidance is helping to shape and deliver our sustainable development strategy.
Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future. They have 15 years’ experience inspiring new thinking, building creative partnerships and developing practical innovations to change our world. We’ve been working with Forum since 2003 to help set our strategy and put it into action (initially as First Choice Holidays PLC, subsequently as TUI Travel PLC). Forum selects a handful of companies as Pioneer partners, defined as leading organisations at the cutting edge of sustainability. TUI Travel has been selected as one of these partners. View Pioneer’s partner statement within our latest sustainable development report.
Better Decisions, Real Value
We worked with Forum for the Future to pilot their Better Decisions, Real Value tool – a set of methodologies to help make financial decisions about sustainable development issues.
TUI Travel was a core partner in the Tourism 2023 initiative, developed by Forum for the Future. We are now working with ABTA and industry peers to develop indicators to benchmark and improve the industry’s sustainability performance and have used Tourism 2023 scenario forecasts to shape our understanding of long-term sustainability challenges.
We work with a number of trade associations including the below:
We are a member of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) and sit on its Sustainable Tourism Committee, Travelife committees and Volunteer tourism working group.
We chair the sustainable development committee of the Dutch Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ANVR) and are a member of IDUT, the Dutch national network for sustainable development of outbound tourism.
We are working in partnership with Deutscher ReiseVerband (DRV), the German travel industry association, and sit on its Sustainable Tourism Committee.
We are working with CETO (Association of French Tour Operators) and the ATR (Acting for Responsible Tourism) label to make it adaptable to mainstream tour operators.
We are a member of the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA) and we chair the sustainable tourism committee.
Tour Operators Initiative
We are a founding member of The Tour Operators Initiative (TOI). TOI is a non profit association working closely with UNWTO and UNEP to promote best practice in sustainable development among tour operators. TOI also has a partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to encourage the development of sustainable tourism.
Global Sustainable Tourism Council
We are a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and our Director of Group Sustainable Development sits on the board. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global initiative dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices around the world. The GSTC works to 1) promote a universal set of principles that define sustainable tourism; 2) expand understanding; 3) increase sustainable tourism best practices; and 4) generate new markets for sustainable holidays. At the core of their efforts are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, a set of voluntary principles that provide a framework for the sustainability of tourism businesses across the globe.
The Travel Foundation
The Travel Foundation was founded in 2003 as an independent UK charity which helps the travel industry understand, manage and take effective action on sustainable tourism. They exist to protect and enhance the environment and improve the well-being of destination communities, as well as the holiday experience for visitors. We have a UK board director on the trustee board of the Travel Foundation and many of our businesses work closely with the Travel Foundation on destination projects. To date we have donated over £2.5 million.
TUI Central Europe is a founding member of Futouris which is a not-for-profit initiative that promotes projects that improve living conditions, support education, protect nature and the environment and preserve biodiversity. Currently Futouris supports 15 projects around the world.
Carbon Disclosure Project
We are a founding Reporting Services Member of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), providing them with input and advice on disclosure practice. CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. Thousands of organisations from across the world’s major economies measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, water use and climate change strategies through CDP.
In 2011 for the fourth consecutive year, TUI Travel was featured in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. TUI Travel is the only tour operator to be featured in this index and our score places us in the top 10% of the FTSE 350 for our approach to carbon disclosure and performance.
The Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. We have been working with the Born Free Foundation since 1995, in order to understand and identify practices which pose a risk to both the safety of the public and to animal welfare in the destinations to which we send customers. Together with ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), other industry partners and the Born Free Foundation we have developed the Travelife Animal Attractions Handbook. To date we have donated over £3 million.
The code of conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism is an industry driven responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by UNWTO. In 2010 our Mainstream businesses signed up to the six criteria of the Code. Our Group-wide Child Protection Policy can be viewed here.
Street Child World Cup
Millions of vulnerable and marginalised children throughout the world today are left with no option but to live on the streets. The Street Child World Cup aims to give these forgotten children a voice and to campaign for their rights, with the main event being the Street Child World Cup football tournament in Rio, Brazil in 2014, where teams of street children from 20 countries will compete. The Specialist & Activity Sector has selected Street Child World Cup as their chosen charity for the next three years and colleagues will be involved in raising as much money as possible. 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.
Other examples of working with stakeholders can be found within the ‘Priorities’ area.