UEFA and Kuoni have partnered up to encourage hotels and hotel chains to comply with high environmental and social standards for UEFA EURO 2016, to leave a significant legacy in the wider industry.
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UEFA EURO 2016 has been working closely with its stakeholders to reduce the environmental impact of the tournament and integrate its social dimension.
In the field of accommodation, UEFA has joined forces with Kuoni, the official accommodation agency for UEFA EURO 2016, to encourage high environmental and social performance among the hotels contracted for the event.
Jacques Lambert, president of EURO 2016 SAS, commented: "The commitment of all stakeholders is central to the success of our social responsibility and sustainability strategy for UEFA EURO 2016. We are firmly committed to reducing the environmental impact of the event and to addressing social challenges, but we need all our partners and suppliers to stand with us and to go the extra mile in order to achieve real change."
Hotels have been encouraged to commit to the UEFA EURO 2016 Supplier Code of Conduct, which lays out minimal requirements in key sustainability areas including environmental management, human rights and child protection. Of the 700 plus hotels originally contracted for the event, 72% have already acknowledged this code of conduct.
Evidence from a survey by UEFA and Kuoni showed that the hotels had implemented concrete measures such as investing in LED lighting, installing flow restrictors in guest bathrooms, or signing the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.
The best practices have been captured in the UEFA EURO 2016 – Hotels Showcasing Sustainability brochure, featuring hotels and hotel chains such as the Mandarin Oriental, Accor, Radisson Blu, Meliá and Marriot, with a view to promote high environmental and social standards in the wider hotel industry.