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28 February 2011 | Lindsay Clark
Holiday company ThomasCook plans to assess
all suppliers to its UK business against a standard set of sustainability
criteria by October this year.
The company already uses a number of measures with some suppliers
and in 2010 expanded these to include resource use, environmental management,
child labour and working hours, the Thomas Cook Group Sustainability Report2010 said. But following a review of procurement documentation from last year, the
company now plans to judge all suppliers against a common set of sustainability
The report included examples of where these have already resulted
in an improvement. “The airline's catering supplier has been tasked with
reducing the number of disposable items in the catering packs and ensuring that
any remaining disposable items are biodegradable or compostable,” it said.
By integrating sustainability criteria into its
procurement processes it hopes to encourage improved performance throughout its
In addition to this, Thomas Cook aims to ensure that over
half (51 per cent) of its mainstream UK hotel customers stay in accommodation which
has been audited against its hotel sustainability system by the end of
September 2011. Currently 41 per cent do so.
The Travelife system was developed by the Federation of
Tour Operators, which has now merged into travel industry association ABTA.
Hotels fill in a form about their performance and Travelife identifies areas
that need improvement. The online tools cover organisation, reporting and
management; minimising environmental impacts; treating people fairly; and
social and community issues.