Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has made available its second annual Stewardship Report, which highlights the company's safety, security, medical/public health and environmental efforts. The 2009 Stewardship Report provides insight into Royal Caribbean's strategy in the areas of energy and air emissions, water and wastewater, waste and chemical management, community involvement and conservation, destinations and education. The report also reviews how the Above and Beyond Compliance philosophy, which guides the company's environmental stewardship program, also influences all areas of the company, including safety and security, as well as medical and public health.
"Our goal with the 2009 Stewardship Report was to build upon last year's inaugural report by enhancing its environmental stewardship content and significantly augmenting the safety, security and medical/public health information," said Gary Bald, senior vice president of safety, security, environment and medical/public health for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "Within the report, readers can learn about our emphasis on incident prevention, increasing focus on destination stewardship and conservation, partnerships with medical centers of excellence around the world and our newest safety innovations and progressive security measures."
Some of the highlights of the report include an overview of the company's 40-year history of environmental activities, which was formalized with the creation of the Save The Waves program. Since its beginnings in 1992, the Save The Waves program has evolved from a program focused on reducing, reusing and recycling waste, to a companywide philosophy that is integrated into the daily operations onboard all our ships. This includes environmental officers onboard each ship, a waste-management program that completely addresses each waste stream, environmental training for every crew member and land-based employee, and the creation of the Environmental Stewardship department. During the past two decades, Royal Caribbean has continuously improved the Save The Waves program to ensure that not only employees, but also guests are directly engaged in environmental management efforts.