Hotels need to report on sustainability using the Global Goals says WTTC

The Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals

Hotels as part of the wider travel and tourism sector need to get better at measuring, monitoring and reporting their sustainability impact, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The comments came as the WTTC launches new guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting for the Travel & Tourism Sector.

Gloria Guevara, President & CEO, WTTC, said, "WTTC's Global Summit earlier this year focused on how our sector can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We know that Travel & Tourism has a significant role to play in reducing poverty, protecting the environment, and contributing to the inclusive and sustainable growth the SDGs aspire to. Sustainability reporting, that is integrated into financial reports or presented as a separate activity, shows commitment to and progress against these goals. What is more, Goal 12 specifically calls on companies to report their ESG impacts."

The comments are consistent with several hotel groups which for this first time this year have switched their CSR reporting in line with the Global Goals. In addition the International Tourism Partnership's recent launch of ITP's Goals for the hotel sector also align the activities of ITP and its members with the SDGs.

The WTTC report covers latest trends in sustainability reporting, including which governments and stock exchanges are mandating such reports, and how companies are refining the reports to be more engaging for audiences. It also includes a 12-step guide to reporting and specific guidance on how to report on the issues of Climate Change; Community; Energy; Governance, Risk and Compliance; Supply Chain; Waste Generation and Diversion; Water; and Workforce.   

Guevara continued, "Recent research with WTTC Members highlighted sustainability as a top priority for the sector. Sustainability reporting, which is on the rise across Travel & Tourism, is a mechanism for companies to monitor progress and share best practices. Our aim with this guidance is to support companies, large and small, as they take this journey; and provide them with the mechanism to communicate their progress. As a sector which accounts for 10% of the world's GDP and generates 292 million jobs, we have a responsibility to ensure that growth is sustainable."

The report is available to download from www.wttc.org/Sustainability-Reporting  

Organisations wishing to share their best practices in sustainable tourism can also apply for WTTC's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards programme until 14th November 2017 at www.wttc.org/T4TAwards 

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