In addition to our labels, we have also implemented stricter measures to ban single-use plastic objects, reduce food waste and combat animal abuse in tourism.
SAY BYE BYE TO PLASTICS
In 2018, the Group launched its “Bye-Bye Plastics” program, which aims to ban single-use plastic products from bars, restaurants and rooms by 2021 (straws, dishes, amenities in rooms, etc.).
- Since 2019, all single-use straws, cups, plates, cutlery and plastic containers will be removed from all our Resorts around the world. (excluding Brazil for cutlery)
- Since 2019, the shower gels, shampoos and body creams made available in our bathrooms will be offered in large reusable containers in all our resorts* (*outside the Exclusive Collection range and Brazilian resorts)
- By the end of 2020, disposable plastic accessories made available in the rooms will also be phased out in all resorts, which is already the case in China
- From 2021 onwards, plastic water bottles made available in restaurants and rooms will gradually be replaced by glass recipients, recycled plastic bottles or other solutions.
More particularly in the mountain villages of Europe-Africa, plastic water bottles are no longer available for hiking departures from the summer 2019 season. Water fountains, available in the resort, enable our teams to fill customers’ bottles – the ones they find in their rooms at their arrival. Reusable water bottles are also available in our shops.
REDUCING FOOD WASTE
As a buffet specialist for over 60 years, Club Med has always sought to limit the amount of food thrown away.
Today, we have managed to limit food waste to 101g per meal and per person thanks to more than 60 years of experience in generous and judicious buffets: a significant performance for one of the least avoidable waste generators.
Club Med has developed great know-how in presenting customers with generous, tasty, but also judicious buffets.
Our strength: finding the right balance between responsible consumption practices, unconditional quality and a great choice of food.
Among our best practices:
- Optimized stock management
- Team training
- Precise adaptation of quantities thanks to great attendance anticipation and in-depth knowledge of tastes by nationality
- Buffets equipped for cooking and final preparation on request
- Servings sized or served at the buffet by a cook
- Plate and dish size adapted to the presentation
- Rational replenishment of buffets
- Recipes that reuse specific preparations not consumed on buffets
- Promotion of responsible consumption among customers
- Automated weighing of scrap for menu optimization
Since 2017, Club Med has been deploying the Winnow solution, which allows teams to measure and limit food waste thanks to an intelligent and connected waste bin. The Winnow systems are now used in many Asia-Pacific resorts. In 2019, Club Med and Winnow are moving forward by deploying on a larger scale the technology “Vision”: visual recognition of waste, based on artificial intelligence that gradually learns to recognize food and cooked meals.
PRESERVING ANIMAL WELFARE
Animals have an important place in tourism and contribute to the attractiveness of many destinations. At Club Med, we are aware of this wealth and are attentive to the expectations of our customers, who want to experience the wilderness and beauty of nature.
However, we know that some activities can harm the welfare of wild animals. It is sometimes tricky for consumers, as well as professionals, to distinguish the good practices from the bad ones. At the same time, knowledge on animal welfare is growing rapidly thanks to the commitment of many stakeholders. This now makes it possible to gradually and cautiously identify the activities to promote and those that can no longer be tolerated.
For several years, Club Med has been working alongside specialists to improve its practices in line with its values.
- From the end of 2020 onward, Club Med will only offer elephant watching and will abolish circus activities, elephant rides and swimming with elephants
- From the end of 2020 onward, Club Med will only offer open sea observation of cetaceans and since 2019 it supports its service providers on best practices related to this activity with the WCA (World Cetacean Alliance)
We are pleased to join other companies in our sector to commit to source 100% of our eggs (shell, liquid and eggs products) from cage-free sources for all resorts of our portfolio by the end of 2025 in Europe, Brazil and the United States, and 2027 in the other markets.
We will also make our cage-free egg policy available in all major languages in which we report, and continue to publish annually our progresses and the potential issues we will face.
At the end of 2019 we already buy 100% of our shell eggs from cage free sources in Europe and Mauritius, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with suppliers, civil society and the industries to drive positive and sustainable change in this responsible sourcing.
This commitment is part of Club Med’s purchasing policy, which implies that all products purchased must meet the company’s hygiene and health safety requirements.
Our baby sea turtles have hatched !