At Sunweb, we believe that everyone deserves a vacation to take a break from their everyday life, recharge and create memories for life. Our goal is to bring personalized vacations for everyone. But if we want to continue to do this properly and responsibly, we as an industry will have to respond to current trends and take sustainable development into account.
Unfortunately, travel has an impact on the environment, the climate and the population. Because let's be honest: 100% sustainable travel does not exist. However, we are convinced that it is possible to reduce the negative impact of travel and increase the positive impact. By supporting the local economy, protecting people and animals, while also taking the environment into account.
At Sunweb, we want to become the leading digital holiday expert in Europe, shaping the future of holidays. To achieve this, it is our responsibility to make our ecosystem more sustainable. But of course we can't do that alone. Together with our customers, our suppliers, partners and our colleagues, we can increase support for sustainable tourism.
Only then will our future generations be able to enjoy all the beauty the world has to offer.
Sunweb is Travelife Certified!
Sunweb recently received the Travelife sustainability certificate. Travelife is an internationally recognized certification program - by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) - specializing in sustainable management for the travel industry. Unlike many other travel companies, we managed to achieve the highest status, namely Travelife Certified. We have been awarded this certificate because an independent auditor was able to assess us positively on about 255 points regarding sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Of course we carry this certificate with pride and make the current sustainability initiatives even better so that we can earn the certificate again in 2 years' time.
In 2015, the United Nations established 17 sustainable goals as new global sustainable goals. Sunweb Group focuses on 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as these 4 goals allow us to make the most impact as a travel organization.
The goals we want to contribute to are:
Good health and Well-being
Good health and living environment ensures safety and promotes the (local) economy.
Sunweb Group attaches great importance to the well-being of its employees. We put our employees first and by so we receive the best out of them. As a result, we create committed employees who dare to take responsibility. We provide good facilities and a healthy and safe working environment. We also encourage our employees to follow training courses. An employee who feels valued and satisfied is a good ambassador!
Sunweb Group works at the destinations with partners that offer good working conditions, equal opportunities and fair wages to the employees.
Responsible consumption and production
Partnership to achieve goals
Step by step, we at Sunweb are working on making our business operations more sustainable. To achieve this, it is crucial to work together and build bridges. Because not only do we want to become more sustainable internally, we also want our partners, destinations and accommodations to act in a socially responsible and sustainable way. Thanks to our international network, we can enter into partnerships and gain inspiration.
For Sunweb it was important to have an international and reliable partner that can offset emissions through projects with strict certifications. ClimateCare meets these requirements. With over 20 years of experience developing and executing programs to reduce carbon emissions on a large scale, ClimateCare develops high-impact programs to fight poverty, improve people's health and protect the environment. They do this with their trademarked Climate+Care approach.
It is also important to us that values match with our values and our way of working: we continue to challenge ourselves and continuously try to improve our projects in the social, economic and environmental areas. That is why we chose ClimateCare.
Travelers of Sunweb Groep do not pay any extra costs, unlike the customers of many other tour operators. We offset CO2 emissions for flights, buses, transfers and accommodations as standard for all packages. Our carbon offset program was the first important step to tackle the most polluting part of travel packages and to bring sustainable change to our vacation ecosystem.
The Sunweb Group Academy is the place for constant development and improvement. Here employees can expand their knowledge and skills, and grow personally and professionally. It consists of a Reflect and Development cycle with different “Learning Labs”.
Within this cycle people reflect on their ambitions, among other things, by having good conversations with the people around them. After the feedback has been collected, the learning action plan is completed. Based on this learning action plan, one can choose one of the Learning Labs that suits his or her current development needs.
The Sunweb Group Academy is a place where employees can learn, grow and develop themselves, together with colleagues.
Sunweb Group operates with the highest standards of integrity and strives to act as a role model in the travel industry. This gives Sunweb Group the confidence of all its stakeholders, such as our customers, partners, suppliers, shareholders and employees. Sunweb Group has drawn up a code of integrity that includes rules of conduct for its management, employees and other persons acting on behalf of Sunweb Group. In this way, our reputation, risks and opportunities are managed and identified. The integrity code contains rules of conduct on the following topics:
We believe it is important that our colleagues also are involved in our sustainability initiatives. Only then will there be broad support. We create awareness and involvement among our employees through communication, among other things. Through trainings and workshops, the concept of sustainability becomes tangible and specific. We believe that a sustainable corporate culture can only succeed if all employees clearly know what we stand for as an organization, and so can set a good example as enthusiastic ambassadors.
We are working to make our offices more and more sustainable. As part of our internal business operations, we have set a number of sustainable goals to achieve this;