Because at Club Med we believe that happiness is only real when shared with others, and when respecting the environment, this "living together know-how" is the basis of our sustainable commitment.
Protecting the environment
Loving nature is one of the very reasons for the birth of Club Méditerranée, and its protection is therefore logically a part of its reason for being. From the construction of villages, operations, conservation of water resources, energy savings, waste management and to the protection of biodiversity, these are all constantly monitored by G.Os and G.Es.
Respecting cultures and people
Club Med could never have established itself so harmoniously in countries with such varied cultures if its villages had not been built in a profound spirit of respect and responsibility to host countries; this respect concerns all the riches of the host country, starting with its most precious resource, the children. In this way, Club Med undertook a campaign to prevent sexual tourism involving children in 2005.
Contributing to local development
The presence of a village naturally induces economic and social feedback for the host region. Our stance is to try and strengthen the local economic fabric. Our ambition? To allow G.M's to establish a genuine bond with the host country, get to know its population through excursions or tours, and make them want to return to that country.
Focus on Cub Med Eco Nature villages
In 2008, the village of Opio in Provence was the first to obtain an ecological certification. Since then, 35 other villages have been certified for their sustainable development policy. The Club now wants to go further and obtain eco-certification for all its villages by the end of 2015.
We wish to focus on the Green Globe method which we believe is the most suitable. It presents a list of 40 themes divided into 322 precise and relevant criteria and also offers a good balance between social and environmental concerns, as well as managerial management and concrete actions in villages.
However, this will not prevent us from working with EarthCheck or the European Ecolabel when the situation lends itself. These 3 labels are internationally recognised and although there are a few differences, they all address those same themes that really matters.