Meliá is world’s most sustainable hotel company
Leading Spanish hotelier Meliá Hotels International has proclaimed itself the most sustainable hotel company in the world after receiving its individual and voluntary assessment results from the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).
In the assessment of sustainability performance, Meliá – whose timeshare arm Club Meliá is a key RCI affiliate – achieved the highest score in the global travel & tourism industry.
Gabriel Escarrer, vice president and CEO of Meliá, said: “Without a shadow of a doubt, this news is the greatest possible acknowledgement for our management model, in which making sustainability an intrinsic part of the business is one of our most important goals given the need for companies to generate a positive impact on society and the planet.”
The results of the individual assessment confirm the company’s excellent performance, commitment to social and economic development and its key role in combating climate change in the hotel industry.
“We are a family company with strong values and very focused on building a relationship of trust with our stakeholders and society in general,” added Escarrer.
“I’m so proud of the entire Meliá team for having been able to come together and create a company-wide culture of commitment to major global challenges, respond with a long-term vision, responsibility and respect for the environment, driven by an awareness that travel and tourism are powerful drivers of global social and economic development.”
The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment is an annual evaluation of the sustainability performance of more than 4,700 companies in all industries based on general economic, social and environmental criteria and specific criteria for each industry.
In 2018, Meliá voluntarily took part in the evaluation and achieved the third highest score in the industry as well as Silver Class recognition in the Sustainability Yearbook published by SAM. This year, the Spanish hotel company has set a new record in achieving its highest ever score to date – 83 points, which is 10 more than its score the previous year.