Building Strength Through Diversity
A recent study found that 75% of employees who believe that their company is focused on sustainability show high levels of commitment (Business in the Community, 2011). Moreover, Kuoni’s 2012 employee satisfaction survey known as EMPOWER revealed that our corporate responsibility initiatives were among the top five things our colleagues like about working at the company. Kuoni also understands that its employees are an invaluable partner in reinforcing its sustainability strategy with our suppliers and our customers. Therefore, we focus on training, awareness building and open dialogue to ensure that everyone in the company has a shared vision of CR at Kuoni.
We seek our colleagues' commitment to reinforce the sustainability strategy, each in their own way.
Kuoni hosts CR Day on Climate Change
Kuoni is dedicated to engage employees so that they better understand the concept of sustainability in their working lives. Each year Kuoni organises a Corporate Responsibility Day where all business units and subsidiaries throughout the world organise activities to learn about different sustainability issues, such as saving water, reducing paper use and promoting fair trade in tourism. Kuoni's CR Day 2012 under the slogan “Climate Changes - You can too” focused on awareness-raising on the possible repercussions of climate change and how employees can reduce their impact on the climate. This was done through various activities, competitions and feature stories on the K-Net, Kuoni’s internal communication portal. Tools for calculating the personal CO2 footprint and tips on mobility and saving energy were also made available.
As part of CR Day, colleagues were invited to participate in a CO2 reduction contest, through which teams submitted their ideas on how to reduce emissions in the workplace. The most innovative ideas were rewarded with a stipend which could be used toward implementation. The support throughout the “Kuoni World” was great – employees participated in bike-to-work schemes or volunteered for beach clean-ups or invited guest speakers. For example, Kuoni’s subsidiary Private Safaris in Kenya organised a tree planting session in collaboration with the children’s initiative “Plant for the Planet – Trees for Climate Justice”. The children behind the initiative have pledged to plant 1,000 billion trees around the world until 2020.