Meliá crowned world’s most sustainable hotel company

by | 21 Oct 2019 | Chains

Spain’s Meliá Hotels is a global leader in sustainable hospitality. (Photo: Meliá Hotels)

SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) ranks Meliá Hotels International at the top of the global tourism and travel industry.

Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International is on a high after receiving the results of its voluntary sustainability test, which ranked it in first place in the tourism and travel category.

We find out more about this big win for Meliá and the planet.

Meliá leads in sustainability

Pats on the back all round must be happening among the team at Meliá Hotels International, the renowned Spanish hotel group that just received top marks in global tourism sustainability rankings.

Meliá voluntarily undertook the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), which rates companies based on their sustainable performance.

The group came out top of the class, prompting Gabriel Escarrer, Vice President and CEO of Meliá, to say, “Without a shadow of a doubt, this news is the greatest possible acknowledgement for our management model, in which making sustainability an intrinsic part of the business is one of our most important goals given the need for companies to generate a positive impact on society and the planet.”

Meliá was ranked number one in the global travel and tourism industry and this win reflects the company’s commitment to sustainable practices both in terms of the environment but also as an employer and in terms of social development.

Family values on a global scale

Meliá wanted to cement their position as sustainable leaders in the hospitality industry by putting themselves forward for the assessment, which measures the economic, social and environmental performance of over 4,700 companies and organisations.

The Spanish group came third in its category in 2018, and this year has improved on its score by 10 points to take first place with 83 points.

Escarrer said, “We are a family company with strong values and very focused on building a relationship of trust with our stakeholders and society in general. I’m so proud of the entire Meliá team for having been able to come together and create a company-wide culture of commitment to major global challenges, respond with a long-term vision, responsibility and respect for the environment, driven by an awareness that travel and tourism are powerful drivers of global social and economic development.”

The company achieved the top score of 100 points in the categories of Climate Strategy, Social Reporting, CRM, Tax Strategy or Materiality.

It also achieved the top score in the industry across several other sectors, including Human Rights, Human Capital Development, Supply Chain Management, Codes of Business Conduct, Risk & Crisis Management and Occupational Health and Safety.

Let’s take a look at a few hotel projects by Meliá:



Meliá Hotels International was founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and is one of the world’s largest resort hotel chains, as well as Spain’s leading hotel chain.



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