Building Strength Through Diversity
A 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 2014 employee satisfaction survey known as EMPOWER revealed that 68% of employees believe that Kuoni is strongly involved in Corporate Responsibility. 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 aim at engaging and empowering our colleagues to integrate sustainability into their daily roles.
Kuoni understands that its colleagues are an invaluable partner in reinforcing its sustainability strategy. Encouraging employee engagement is a key focus. Therefore, in 2013 Corporate Volunteering was launched throughout the Kuoni Group. Several units implemented corporate volunteering actions in order to allow employees to engage in a good cause while spending a work day in a different and unique way. Through these actions Kuoni colleagues supported different charity organisations by for example, running a marathon, teaching children with special needs or working in the nature. In Switzerland volunteering activities were carried out on four working days in spring 2014. To this end we partnered with the environmental non-profit organizations Paneco, Grünwerk and Bergwaldprojekt to support the preservation of the beautiful Swiss nature by fighting vermin or grooming alpine forests.
Within GTS 140 employees across the London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taiwan offices took part in the Corporate Volunteering programme. The business gives staff one day a year to volunteer outside the company through programmes that in 2014 included, providing reading support for children struggling with literacy, running workshops for the elderly to understand modern technology, offering support for the homeless at Christmas, providing assistance for the unemployed with their search and preparedness for work, distributing vital drinking water to those working under the heat of the desert sun, cleaning local parks and community areas and providing start up business advice to entrepreneurs.
Partnering with charities
ECPAT International was selected by GTS worldwide staff vote to be the global charity partner for three years. ECPAT International is a global network of organisations working together in 75 countries to eliminate child sexual exploitation including child sex tourism. It works with government to strengthen laws against offenders, raise awareness with the travel & tourism industry and support victims through grassroots initiatives.
Colleagues raised EUR 18,749 for GTS’s partner charities in 2014, so with matched funding a grand total of EUR 37,498 was donated. Fundraising initiatives included sponsored runs, a climb up Mount Fuji, sweepstakes, bake sales and raffles
"ECPAT is absolutely thrilled that Kuoni Global Travel Services has selected ECPAT International to be its global charity partner. Children who are victims of sexual exploitation rarely receive the care and attention they deserve. Most often they are forgotten, voiceless…and without hope. The joining hands – of Kuoni GTS and ECPAT - holds the opportunity of making a difference in the lives of these most vulnerable of children". Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director, ECPAT International