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Club Med & sustainability

First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 4 out of 22

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Club Méditerranée S.A.
Head office: Paris, France
Sector: Travel
Categories : Tour Operator
Free Tags: Club Méditerannée, Resort, Beach Holiday, Family Trip, Winter Sports

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Club Med sustainability score report

Last edited: 6 October 2014 by Inès
Last reviewed: 6 October 2014 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 10
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Club Méditerrannee has taken several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as improving the external isolation of buildings and the substitution of energy for a less carbon-intensive one during renovation works. Moreover half of its villages make use of alternative energy resources such as solar energy and heat recovery systems (see page 15). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations'? Club Méditerrannée (Club Med) discloses the majority of its Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions (see page 33) but only until 2011. This covers nearly all ClubMed Villages. Source
3. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated its absolute 'own operations' carbon footprint by at least 10% in the last 5 years? Between 2009 and 2011, ClubMed reduced the carbon footprint by 7,47%. There is no available data after this date Source
4. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Club Med aims for reduction of CO2e per JHE (total hotel days) by 4% over 5 years and fourfold emissions reduction by 2050 (see page 30). There is no target to reduce the absolute carbon emissions of owned operations. Source
5. Has the brand (company) disclosed the overall carbon footprint of all sold origin-destination transport? Club Med gives a rough estimation of the total carbon footprint of all air travels made by its customers: 1 million t CO2e ± 20% (see page 33). However, these data are already older than 2,5 years. Source
6. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the overall carbon footprint of all sold origin-destination transport with at least 10%? See Climate Change question 6. Club Med does not report what percentage of the total travel packages carbon emissions have been reduced or compensated. Source
7. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the overall carbon footprint of all sold origin-destination transport with at least 20%? See Climate Change question 6. Source
8. Does the brand (company) give customers the option of compensating for their CO2 emissions for flights or other means of transport, when booking a travel product? Club Med only offers the option for carbon emissions compensation in the booking process for vacations within France and the USA (see "Compensating CO2 Emissions"). Source
9. Is CO2 compensation for flights or other means of transport already included in the sales prices of all travel products? CO2 compensation is not included in the package price. Source
10. Does the brand (company) compensate for the CO2 emissions of all the staff flights (e.g. for the travel guides and other business travels)? Club Med offsets half of the CO2 emissions linked to trips for GOs from the Paris and Lyon headquarters' (see "Compensating CO2 Emissions"), but does not mention compensation for CO2 emissions of all staff flights. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) provide consumers with the sustainability do´s and don’t´s for the specific trip, e.g. locals customs and waste policies? Club Med informs its consumers about ecologically-responsible behavior both in its villages as during tours (see page 39). Clients are made aware of the need to save water and energy, and protect the natural world. However, sustainability information for skiing trips is not provided. Source
2. Does the brand (company) inform consumers specifically per destination which souvenirs are forbidden because those souvenirs are made of endangered animal and plant species? Club Med does not communicate a list of forbidden souvenirs on its website. Source
3. Does the brand refrain from offering animal-related activities unless these activities are organized in a way that ensures the animals’ welfare? Club Med offers animal-related activities (for instance a ride on elephants in Thailand, see link), but does not mention whether it is organised in a responsible way. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have an active policy for reducing its water usage and waste? Club Med has taken several policy measures to reduce its water usage and waste, such as recycling waste-water and reusing plastic bottles and reports on these practices (see pages 6-7, 10, 18-20). Source
5. Does the brand (company) have an active policy for its paper use (including paper for marketing purposes), that includes either using zero paper, a reduction of its annual paper use by at least 50% in the last 5 years or using only paper that is at least 90% from sustainable sources? The paper used to print brochures for Europe and North America is either 100% recycled or certified. Club Med supply list includes FSC paper placemats, napkins and bathroom tissues since 2009. In 2011 Club Med had reduced paper consumption for catalogues by 37% in 3 years (see page 22). The percentages on total use is not clear however. Source
6. Does the brand (company) offer accommodation that has a certification for environmental responsible practices? A number of Club Med villages is certified with a Green Globe Certification (32% of the Club Med Villages in 2011). However, no up to date information are made public (see page 9). Source
7. Are the business practices of at least 10% of the brand's (company's) accommodation certified as being environmentally responsible? See remark for Environmental question 6. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have an independent certification for its sustainability credentials? Club Med does not mention to have a certification. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 4
1. Does the brand (company) have a policy to improve the labor conditions of own employees and those of its suppliers? Club Med has set up a Code of Ethics (see link) which includes some general labor conditions standards. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) that applies to own employees and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? In Club Med's Code of Ethics only no discrimination and safety and hygiene are mentioned (see link previous question). On its UK site Club Med states that it has an ethical clause that demands suppliers to refrain from child labor. However, it is not clear if this requirement also applies to all suppliers. Source
3. Does this CoC include at least two of the following workers’ rights: 1) a formal employment relationship; 2) a maximum working week of 60 hours including paid overtime; 3) a living wage; and 4) to form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? These standards are not mentioned in Club med's Code of Ethics. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a zero-tolerance policy concerning child prostitution? Club Med reports to work alongside with ECPAT, but doesn´t make clear whether ECPAT´s code has been signed too. Source