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PATA Sustainability & Social Responsibility Statement

 

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific visitor economy. Headquartered in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, PATA works in partnership with private and public sector members to enhance the sustainable growth, value, and quality of travel and tourism to, from, and within the region.

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 97 government, state and city tourism bodies, 27 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 63 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACICLIAIATA, ICAOWEFUNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London.

PATA believes that in order for the complete visitor economy to thrive for generations, all activities should be conducted in the most socially responsible and holistically sustainable way possible. To protect our very reason for being, we must be sustainable.

PATA views sustainability as everybody’s responsibility and are advocates of inclusive stakeholder collaboration and public private partnerships. We aim to provide leadership in travel industry issues, and knowing that sustainability is the way forward, PATA aims to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability by taking a lead position on travel industry and sustainable tourism issues that need to be addressed.

PATA strives to conduct our business in a socially responsible and ethical manner, in a way that is good for people, planet, and profit. PATA endeavours to tread lightly on the planet; we empower our members to leave a positive impact on the surrounding environments in which they operate. We encourage creative, forward-thinking ideas, and collaboration amongst our stakeholders that will continue to drive this sustainability revolution.

PATA endorses the UN Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and supports the work of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics. We encourage our members to also do the same.

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PATA Sustainability & Social Responsibility Policy

PATA believes that in order for the complete visitor economy to thrive for generations, all activities should be conducted in the most socially responsible and holistically sustainable way possible. To protect our very reason for being, we must be sustainable.  

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for-profit membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific visitor economy. PATA works in partnership with private and public sector members to enhance the sustainable growth, value, and quality of travel and tourism to, from, and within the region.

Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 88 government, state and city tourism bodies, 22 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 62 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 41 local PATA chapters worldwide. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998, with official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney, and London. Our International Headquarters is situated in an office building, of which we occupy 530m2 on the 28th floor. This urban setting means that 30 full time staff and up to 6 interns commute to the office, most of whom travel to work using public transportation. The office features a small pantry, a library, a meeting room, and the engagement hub, which can hold up to 25 comfortably in classroom-style seating.

PATA is committed to treading lightly on the planet; we empower our members to leave a positive impact on the surrounding environments in which they operate. We aim to demonstrate leadership by speaking on behalf of our members on travel industry and sustainable tourism issues that need to be addressed.

We will demonstrate our commitment by implementing the EarthCheck Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of the EarthCheck Company Standard, and strive to minimize our footprint by implementing initiatives that reduce the use of energy, water, and paper. Last year (2015), we achieved Bronze Benchmarked Sustainability Certification by EarthCheck. This year (2016), we aim to continue benchmarking assessment of PATA’s operational performance, and strive towards reaching EarthCheck’s standards to qualify for Silver Certification.

PATA complies with all relevant legislation and regulations and has a dedicated staff member, the Sustainability & Social Responsibility Specialist, who is responsible for improving PATA’s sustainability performance, and for providing resources to improve the sustainability of our members.

We encourage our staff to promote our commitment to sustainability and social responsibility in the travel and tourism sector, and in their daily lives. PATA is committed to ethical business operations, including legal compliance, and compliance with the hiring ratio of foreign to local staff. Where resources allow, PATA is also committed to the procurement of fair trade and locally sourced products and services, and to the implementation of responsible meetings and events practices. PATA respects labour-related human rights, including non-discrimination, health and safety, and fair wages. We fully respect and promote the rights of the child, including protection from sexual exploitation, and from child labour and trafficking. We aim to strengthen the understanding of the issue amongst PATA staff and PATA members through trainings, provision of information resources, and generating awareness about child protection in the context of travel and tourism.

 

 

January 2016

 

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