Message from management
Travelife Partner status – a major step forward for Transat
In May 2016, Transat became the first tour operator in North America to earn Travelife Partner status. This recognition did not happen by chance, of course: it results from the sustainability efforts to which we’ve been committed for 10 years now. So we have every reason to be proud as we take this major step toward full compliance with a prestigious international certification system in our industry.
Transat began the process of obtaining Travelife certification in 2015 as a means of framing its sustainable development activities and establishing a concrete objective in this area.
To earn Travelife Partner status, we reported on the work we’ve accomplished with respect to a total of 191 indicators, and we proposed corrective actions where needed. This exercise enabled us to map out a new action plan, broken down into seven areas. Implementing it should allow us to fulfil the final step in the certification process within two years.
Although we’ve laid firm foundations for our environmental management system, we must take things even further, strengthening our programs and policies. By taking actions every day, our personnel are already playing a key part in this, and implementation of our policy on responsible procurement is also going to have a positive impact on our performance.
Travelife certification is based on the principle that tour operators are a key link in the tourism supply chain. We will be continuing to recognize and promote hotels that are certified under systems recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the world standard for sustainable tourism.
We are also continuing with implementation of our new code of conduct for tourism providers.
Our customers, of course, are increasingly mindful of the vital importance of sustainability for our shared future. Today more than ever, we have a responsibility to encourage them to travel responsibly.
When it comes to our social engagement, we are continuing our partnership with SOS Children’s Villages at our destination countries, and continuing to build engagement among our personnel, through such initiatives as our Leave for Change and volunteering programs.
Our goal is to be the North American leader in our industry when it comes to sustainable development, and the securing of Travelife Partner status reaffirms our commitment to continue in that direction.
President and CEO
Transat A.T. Inc.
May 18, 2016