Hotelbeds Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

Hotelbeds has released its annual “Environmental, Social and Governance Report,” which aims “to show how we are determined to make our actions speak louder than our words and to leverage our position to make a difference in this new world of travel,” said Hotelbeds CEO Nicolas Huss.

In this 2021 publication, Huss showcases the importance of global companies like Hotelbeds doing all they can in their power to protect the planet. The report, which has followed the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focuses on how the company is working towards a business model based on sustainable development.

It also covers a range of initiatives that Hotelbeds has carried out from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. The travel technology company achieved carbon-neutral status for the fourth year in a row by reducing its CO2 emissions and working with Carbon Footprint Ltd., an independent body that accredits carbon management measurements of companies, to offset emissions that cannot be avoided. Part of the reduction in CO2 emissions is also due to Hotelbeds’ use of Google’s carbon neutral data storage cloud.

Hotelbeds joined Amazon’s Climate Pledge as part of its commitment to encourage global industries to tackle climate change and to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

The company also continued to add hotels to its Green Hotels Programme. Over 20,000 hotels are part of the program which launched in late 2020, designed to identify, highlight and promote sustainable accommodation across its portfolio.

Besides the implementation of various sustainability measures, the company is committed to the more human side of its business. One of the key elements of its people strategy is to have a diverse and inclusive workforce, and Hotelbeds is now made up of 88 nationalities and has strong female representation at all levels of the company, with 50 percent of the Executive Committee and 57 percent of its global workforce being women.

“We are committed, of course, to sustainability matters but we also have strongly in mind the protection of human rights, the promotion of diversity and inclusion, the importance of being a responsible partner and employer. In addition, combating worker exploitation where we see it and the prevention of child sexual exploitation—all of these are, I think, crucial for any company that operates on a global footprint,” added Huss.

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