What differentiates ITP from other organisations is its ability to get some of the world’s largest hotel chains around one table to address the most pressing issues when it comes to responsibility and sustainability in the hotel sector. Working groups are a fundamental part of this process, providing a collaborative and efficient platform to research, debate and create practical solutions to key issues that have been identified and prioritised by members.
For example, ITP are currently leading working groups on the following topics:
Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the travel and tourism sector accounts for 5% of global CO2 emissions with accommodation comprising 20% of this figure. International hotel companies are working hard to make their activities more carbon efficient. As global companies, ITP members recognise the importance of mitigating the environmental impact of their operations and are seeking practical industry-led solutions. Effectively measuring, reporting and communicating carbon emissions in a clear and consistent way is a critical step towards this goal. In addition, investors and customers are increasingly demanding information from hotels about their greenhouse gas emissions and corporate strategies for addressing climate risks.
Human Trafficking is the modern form of slavery and the fastest-growing international crime, affecting many industries worldwide. In 2005 the International Labour Organization estimated that human trafficking is the third-largest illicit moneymaking venture in the world, after drug dealing and the arms trade, generating about $32 billion annually. According to UNICEF, 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, exposing them to violence and sexual exploitation. As an industry we recognize that we have a responsibility around the world to help play a critical role in increasing awareness and prevention, both directly and through the supply chain.
To read the ITP Human Trafficking Statement and access our resources on trafficking.
Water scarcity is a recognised global problem, with demand for water projected to exceed supply by 40% by 2030. By the same year, half the world’s population will be living in areas of high water stress. The hotel industry is part of a rapidly growing tourism sector. According to the UNWTO, growth in international tourism will reach 1.6 billion trips in 2020. There is disproportionate hotel growth in coastal and island destinations, where arguably water scarcity and water equity issues are most pressing. An increased demand for high-end tourism accelerates water demand of new hotels and resorts.
Hotels’ social and environmental impacts are not limited to the direct operation of the business – they are present throughout the entire supply chain of goods and services which go to make up that service. Key to sustainable operation is enhancing the positive benefits and understanding and taking action where those impacts may be negative. ITP’s Supply Chain Working Group is currently mapping those impacts to identify areas where collective action may drive positive change and greater transparency.
Sustainability criteria in the RFP process
Increasingly the corporate travel buyers’ method of enquiring about the sustainability credentials of hotels is through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. ITP has researched sustainability criteria in the RFP process to understand whether this increasing focus on sustainability criteria is actually influencing commercial decisions.