Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Kuoni is fully aware that it is dependent upon the rich natural resources and unique landscapes at the destinations and thus has the responsibility to minimize the negative impacts of its business on the environment, while at the same time enhancing its positive actions towards life in general. To this end, Kuoni has published a Statement of Commitment on the Environment → based on the Kuoni Code of Conduct and the precautionary approach.
Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Kuoni integrates sustainability issues into its operations and supply chain and aims to implement efficient environmental management systems within key hotel partners. In November Kuoni organized a supplier workshop in Bali, Indonesia to provide hotel partners with the necessary tools and business skills to implement cost effective environmental management systems. 55 hotel managers and technical engineers participated in the 2-day workshop. Kuoni has developed the Sustainable Excursion Guidelines for decision making when sourcing or selling excursions to customers in order to guarantee that excursions take environmental, social and economic impacts into full account. The guidelines align with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and ensure that best practice guidelines for tourism businesses are met according to relevant codes of
conducts such as ABTA’s Animal Welfare Minimum Requirements.
Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Kuoni has focused its activities on promoting technical solutions and operational improvements in hotels, investment in community projects to minimise the adverse impacts of water competition and communication to customers, starting its activities in Kenya. A comprehensive user manual was the culmination of a pilot study. The aim was for the end-user to have the tools necessary to implement a sustainable water management in their own operations step-by-step. Any hotel committing to the process outlined in the manual will be eligible for the Kuoni Water Champion award.