Green Globe Certification: Village operation eco-certification
Green Globe, the international sustainable tourism certification, was created in 1993 in the UK. Based on the commitments made by the tourism industry at the 1992 Rio Earth summit, it applies to all tourism sectors. This demanding certification proves an establishment’s commitment to a proactive approach to sustainable tourism and guarantees that it achieves high performance levels and has good environmental, social and societal practices.
The certification is built on a baseline covering the three pillars of sustainable development, with 40 key requirements expressed through over 300 compliance indicators. The certification is awarded (audit by an independent third party) when the compulsory requirements are met and when the rate of compliance exceeds 50%. Continuing improvement is necessary to retain the certification.
AGRISUD: contributing to local development
For almost twenty years, the Agrisud NGO has been committed to fighting against poverty and ensuring food safety on behalf of the deprived populations of many Southern hemisphere countries. It supports these populations in the creation of very small sustainable family farms selling their produce on the local markets. It also has an eco-responsible approach and promotes practices that reconcile local development and low pressure on the environment.
Club Med signed a partnership agreement with Agrisud in 2008 allowing it to operate around its Villages, to ensure that Club Med can purchase produce more regularly from small local farmers and thus contribute to reducing their insecurity and supporting the local economy. Today, Club Med is Agrisud’s main partner in the tourism industry.
ECPAT: combating sexual exploitation of children through tourism
In 2005, Club Méditerranée committed to work alongside the umbrella organisation ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Pornography And Trafficking of children for sexual purposes and child sex tourism).
Clean Art Planet Workshops
In most Mini-Club Meds, children can take part in “Clean Art Planet” workshops. These workshops invite 8-to-12-year-olds to create objects from flotsam and jetsam. The flotsam and jetsam are collected by GOs and GEs on the nearby coastline, then washed and sorted before being offered to the children.
A Clean Art Planet kit containing all necessary tools and utensils is handed out to Mini-Club managers at the start of the season, allowing the monitors to support the children in their creative activities.
Every object is photographed and a given a descriptive tag by the child, then included in the collective display and presented to the child’s parents.
This creative activity helps raise the awareness of both children and grownups to the pollution of the sea through artistic creation.
Expedition Med: helping fight pollution in the Mediterranean
Between 2010 and 2013, Club Med supports the Med Expedition scientific campaign involving European environmentalists and scientists.
Working with many Universities and research labs, the Expedition measures the Mediterranean’s state of contamination by plastic through sampling at different locations of the “Mare Nostrum”.
During the maritime campaigns of the Expedition, several Villages welcome the members of the science mission and organises related events for the GMs.
The Expedition’s goals cover several areas:
- undertake a specific study of the abundance of microplastic fragments and the danger they represent as they drift and accumulate in the Mediterranean sea
- raising awareness regarding the harmful effects of plastic at sea and the need to reduce rubbish dumping
- use the campaigns at sea to collect data about marine biodiversity throughout the Mediterranean basin.
Since October 2006, Action Carbone offers businesses, institutions and private individuals the possibility of measuring and cutting back their impact on the climate by working on their greenhouse gas emissions and by making use of voluntary compensation systems. Donations collected under the voluntary compensation system is used to fund clean development projects undertaken by NGOs in developing countries to provide easier access to clean energies for those who have no satisfactory solution.
Because the holidays it offers are not without effect on the environment and on greenhouse gas emissions -mainly caused by transport, Club Med has decided to work with Action Carbone and make a commitment to:
- continue implementing actions aimed at reducing its own consumption of resources and its environmental footprint
- support CO2 emission compensation programmes by inviting clients to compensate for the emissions corresponding to their trip.
Terre d’Équilibre: inclusion of disabled people
Terre d’Équilibre is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making the world of travel more accessible for disabled people and their families, based on the assumption that charity – too often the only response to disabled people – can never be a sustainable solution.
Club Méditerranée has conducted audits of its Villages and run campaigns to increase employee awareness of the needs of disabled clients. The organisation has also been involved in construction projects, making an active contribution to improving access to buildings.
Proparco: a partner for responsible construction in developing countries
Proparco has provided loans to Club Méditerranée’s real estate partners in several destinations, specifically Mauritius, Egypt and Morocco. In each case, its support has helped complete projects that made a huge contribution to sustainable local economic development.
View the article on Club Méditerranée in Proparco’s magazine, Private Sector & Development
View the magazine’s website: Private Sector & Development
UNIFAB: combating counterfeiting
The manufacturer’s collective UNIFAB is an association gathering 400 French businesses from all economic sectors created to help fight counterfeiting and protect intellectual property.
In June 2007 Club Méditerranée signed a partnership agreement with UNIFAB undertaking to help fight counterfeiting through awareness actions addressed to its clients, by training its staff and through joint actions promoting the emergence of alternative economic activities to trading of counterfeits.