A Sustainable Development Division since 2005

Major issues under the microscope

In order to encourage the positive impact of tourism and limit its negative effects, the impact of the tourist industry must be clearly identified. In order to define its own sustainable development strategy, Club Med consequently used its in-house experience together with a number of studies commissiond by experts in tourism, economy, geography etc. The result was a synthesis giving as exhaustive as possible a list of these positive and negative factors, with their implications in terms of economy, society and environment.

Rigorous selection of priorities

In this complex area, where individual perceptions and media pressure often influence us unduly, it was vital to ensure that our priorities were based on thorough and objective analysis. In 2006, Club Med consequently commissioned four parallel studies to get confirmation from the following sectors :

  • the general public (study by Ipsos)
  • the institutional sector (extra-financial rating, by BMJ Ratings)
  • internal Club Med environmental diagnostic
  • the scientific community (the first Life Cycle Analysis of a holiday resort, by Bio IS, with the support of ADEME, the French environment and energy management agency)
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    Our priorities

    Initiatives were subsequently launched focusing on the following ten areas:

  • - Quality Environmental Construction (a French quality label for the building industry)
  • - Environmental management of Club Med Resorts
  • - Waste management
  • - Eco-responsible purchasing
  • Host environment / community
  • - Prevention of sex tourism (children)
  • - Local purchasing policy
  • - Contribution to local development and territorial stability
  • - Accessibility of Club Med Resorts to the local community
  • - Accessibility for handicapped people
  • Social
  • - Prevention of discrimination, promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity

  • Concrete action

    Concrete action has been implemented on all these objectives. While sustainable development is based on global issues, its success depends on everyday action. Treating waste water, recycling waste, encouraging local employment etc are just a few of the practices that contribute to producing a truly sustainable enterprise.
    The vocation of the Club's Sustainable Development Division is not to focus on the most high-visibility actions but to do the groundwork that helps each individual take responsibility for his own area, within the scope of his job.

    Benchmarking progress

    The Sustainable Development Division has worked from the outset to devise an efficient environmental reporting system, covering the group's activity worldwide, keeping a close check on the group's consumption and gathering all the relevant data. This "Tech Care" system is one of the Club's most efficient tools for managing its Resorts sustainably.

    Progress confirmed by ratings

    Since 2005 Club Med has undergone three extra-financial rating analyses by VIGEO, the leading corporate social responsibility ratings agency. The latest rating, in October 2008, confirmed that the Club has made constant progress over the three and a half year period, making it one of the leading players in its sector in terms of social and environmental responsibility.




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