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Corporate Activity

Ocean-Themed Corporate Social Responsibility Commitments in the CLME+ & Beyond

NameNature of Engagement
Natura & Co., Brazil
Recognized global leader; committed to full Circularity of Packaging.95%+ Renewable or Natural ingredients. 95%+ Biodegradable formulas.Investments and collaborative actions in Regenerative Solutions. Brands include Avon, the Body Shop.
Grupo Punta Cana Foundation, Dominican Republic
Foundation associated with the Punta Cana Group of hoteliers/developers in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic. The Foundation's Center for Marine Innovation is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to marine conservation, restoration, and management. Inaugurated in 2018, the Center works with diverse partners to conduct research, environmental education, and active management and restoration projects. The Foundation also has a Center for Sustainability and is a long standing participant in the Zero Waste Alliance. With this program, the resort aims to minimize the waste that goes to local landfill through waste reduction, recycling, reuse, and the transformation of waste into energy and compost. he Center for Sustainability was created in 1999 to develop solutions for the environmental and social challenges facing the tourism industry in the Caribbean. The Center was originally created through a pioneering alliance between Grupo Puntacana and Cornell University in the United States. Since then, it has expanded into a diverse and growing network of national and international institutions including Harvard University, Roger Williams University, University of Miami, Florida International University, Instituto Tecnol贸gico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Virginia Tech University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Counterpart International, The Nature Conservancy, among others. The Sustainability Center is equipped with dormitories, laboratories, offices, conference rooms and receives hundreds of students annually.
IBEROSTAR has committed to a number of ambitious sustainability goals, including: to make operations single-use plastic free by 2020 , waste free by 2025, and carbon neutral by 2030; for on-site seafood consumption to 100% responsible by 2025; and for the ecological health of all ecosystems that surround IBEROSTAR properties are improving by 2030, alongside profitable tourism activities. Its sustainability goals are captured in its 鈥淲ave of Change鈥 strategy, which has three complementary, but clearly different action lines: reducing the consumption of single-use plastics, the promotion of sustainable fishing and the improvement of coastal well-being. This third action area includes the research, protection and preservation of coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems, as well as the promotion of knowledge and the nurturing of marine life. The first coral reef nursery has already been created at one of our hotel complexes in the Dominican Republic.
Sandals Foundation
The philanthropic arm of the Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts chain, has a strong environmental CSR program that focuses on educating communities, including fishermen, young students and employees about effective conservation practices, and establish sanctuaries. The Foundation has established the Whitehouse, Bluefields, and Boscobel Nurseries, established in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation which aim to restore coral coverage. These programs engage visitors and guests in coral conservation and restoration techniques.
Sustainable Travel International
The mission of Sustainable Travel International is to protect and conserve the planet鈥檚 most vulnerable destinations by transforming tourism鈥檚 impact on nature and communities. They have ongoing work in Panama and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2013, St. Kitts established an Inter-Agency Sustainable Destination Management Council (IASD), whose mandate includes: Building public awareness of the ongoing water shortage and promoting water conservation through the 鈥淲ater is Life鈥 Campaign; Organizing waste management activities that address the root causes of littering and illegal dumping; and promoting a shared sense of environmental stewardship throughout the island; and Improving coordination of, and securing additional buy-in from, public sector agencies and tourism-related enterprises on sustainability initiatives.
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
The Goals of the CHTA's Carribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) initiative are to: educate and provide resources to tourism enterprises regarding sustainable tourism; train and educate tourism enterprises in sustainble tourism principles; assist with certification guidance, vendor and products information; and to develop synergies and strategic partnerships with sustainable tourism efforts to ensure a cohesive solution to sustainability within the region. Advocacy: promoting responsible environmental and social issues within the Caribbean tourism sector and representing the interests and successes of the sector at key regional and international forums; reporting on meeting outcomes to the sector. Contribution to influence governance and decision making regarding sustainability within the sector. Sustainability Training & Special Projects: through the use of toolkits, special publications & projects (Resource Guides), training programs and modules.
Dell is committed to reducing waste in its operations through the application of circular economy principles. Dell has created the first commercial global ocean plastics supply chain, and will reuse plastic collected from beaches, coastal areas and waterways as packaging for its products. Dell has created the first commercial global ocean plastics supply chain, and will reuse plastic collected from beaches, coastal areas and waterways as packaging for its products.
Adidas is commited to circular systems of recycling that will help end plastic waste. In 2019, Adidas expects to make 11 million pairs of shoes with recycled ocean plastic. That's more than double what it made in 2018. Adidas says its partnership with NGO Parley for the Oceans has prevented 2,810 tons of plastic from reaching the oceans. Its goal is to replace all virgin polyester with recycled polyester by 2024.
Royal Caribbean
Oceans is a focus of RC's global CSR work. In 2016, WWF and Royal Caribbean joined forces to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans by setting 鈥 and achieving 鈥 ambitious sustainability targets to lessen the company鈥檚 environmental impact, raise awareness for ocean conservation with our guests and crew, and support ocean conservation projects around the world. One such project was launched in partnerhsip with the University of Miami: the 鈥淩oyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Reef," an active site for coral reef research, restoration, and citizen science. Have a number of programs to involve staff in conservation efforts, for example, in building coral trees (to grow corals) as well as outplaning onto the reef. Groups of RCL scuba divers and snorkelers continue to volunteer their time on follow-up expeditions, to check on these trees and continue the development of the reef.
Princess Cruise Lines
In 1993, Princess launched a holistic environmental program called Planet Princess to encourage and inspire our crew members and guests to be good stewards of our environment and the oceans. It has ambitious and progresive goals with respect to reducing plastic waste. By the end of 2019, Princess aimed to eliminate or replace with a recycle-friendly alternative the following items: -Plastic cutlery, straws, cups, lids, stir sticks, cocktail garnish picks, toothpicks, butter foil wraps and condiment sauce packets, as well as plastic bags in our boutiques and retail outlet Styrofoam cups, Paper napkins, Plastic cutlery on Princess Cays. By the end of 2020, Princess has committed to eliminate these single-use items from all ships, and replace them with dispensers or recycle-friendly alternatives: Individual servings of packaged items like artificial sweetener and condiment packets like honey Individual shampoo bottles and plastic ear swabs (Q-tips) By the end of 2021, Princess has committed to reduce or eliminate these single-use items from all ships: Plastic trash can liners Plastic water bottles
Vulcan Inc.
Founded in 1986 by Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, Vulcan works to make and leave the world a better place. Oceans is one of its four priority focal areas. Programmatic work in this area focuses on reefs, sharks and rays, and unsustainable fishing. Once fully developed, Vulcan's Skylight technology will automatically analyze vessel tracking information, vessel records, and data streams from advanced resources including satellite imagery to let human experts more quickly and specifically identify suspected bad actors and potentially illicit activities. Vulcan's system will generate reports and alerts for governments and enforcement bodies, who can then focus their enforcement resources where they can have the most impact.
In support of UN SDG Goal 14, Dell commits to the following:1) Dell commits to increase annual use of ocean bound plastic 10x by 2025, based on 2017 baseline; 2) Dell commits to open source its supply chain to encourage and enable broad usage of ocean bound plastic. After successful testing of the material and supply chain, in April 2017, Dell launched its first ocean bound plastic packaging on the XPS 13 2-in-1. The pilot program processes plastics collected from beaches, waterways and coastal areas and molds them into recyclable packaging trays. Sourcing material from Haiti. In 2021, Dell estimates it will use 16,000 pounds of ocean bound plastic this year.
Tourism Enhancement Fund (Saint Lucia)
See Case Study.
The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. SwissRe was a participating business of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative. Swiss Re is committed to help shape climate-resilient development and intends to advance the economics of climate adaptation in the Caribbean region to help Caribbean governments, businesses and societies understand the impact of climate change on their economies - and identify sustainable and ecosystem-based actions to minimize that impact at the lowest cost to society. Commissioned by the Caribbean Cat Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) Swiss Re applied its Economics of Climate Adaptation (ECA) methodology to eight CARICOM countries. The study revealed that the climate risks considered varies significantly across pilot countries, ranging from 1% of GDP in Antigua and Barbuda to 6% of GDP in Jamaica. Overall, risk measured as a proportion of GDP could rise to between 2% and 9% in the high climate change scenario by 2030. Among the many adaptation measured considered to tackle this challenge, ecosystem based adaptation is among the most cost-effective measures. Investment of one dollar in reef revival bears a loss reduction potential of the order of ten dollars.In 2007, 16 regional governments launched the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (now legally known as CCRIF SPC1), the world鈥檚 first regional fund utilising parametric insurance (pre-agreed measures of damage that help provide quick payouts)
Jet Blue
The Caribbean and Latin America account for one-third of JetBlue鈥檚 flying, and the firm recongizes the link between its bottom line and the ecosystems health in the region. In 2019, JetBlue and TNC released a study proving the relationship between healthy coral reefs and tourism, and the overall financial stability of the Caribbean. At the time of its release, JetBlue emphasized the need for industry to work together on solutions to conserve the region鈥檚 resources.

Note: This may be a useful resource for doing a deeper investigation of CSR commitments related to the ocean/blue economy in the Caribbean. See

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