This publication represents the culmination of virtually a year of work between the Global Compact Network Spain, the World Tourism Organization and thirteen entities of the sector. We analysed the opportunity that the SDGs represent for tourism and featured specific cases that are occurring, using a dynamic, multimedia format.
Those living examples come from very different entities in terms of their nature, size and area of activity: transport, hotel chains, travel agencies, consultancy firms, educational institutions, tourism technology and innovation enterprises and amusement parks. This is a clear example of what the Global Compact is: entities of highly diverse nature, which, in line with the United Nations, commit to a compact for sustainable development.
The text explains the results of the work in multistakeholder partnerships, an aspect which we are particularly proud of. This new way of working, recommended by the United Nations, has allowed us to experience how combining the efforts of the public and private sector offers a better result.
The choice of tourism is not accidental. It is one of the most important sectors for the economy of our country. Its example is essential to convey to companies that sustainable development is a business driver. It is a case where the principle of “prosperous businesses in prosperous environments” is vividly demonstrated.
The Global Compact Network Spain, in 2015, identified the priorities of the Spanish private sector to contribute effectively to the SDGs. And the tourism sector appears in two important areas. First, as a source of prosperity: “Promoting sustainable tourism, changing the focus of the sector, with the focus on responsible citizens”. And second, as an important activity for the planet: “Protecting biodiversity as a key element to ensure the sustainability of resources and priority economic sectors in Spain, for example, through responsible tourism”. These are inputs to guide current and future work.
Since the Spanish Network is an example within the Global Compact and taking into account the importance of the tourism sector in Spain, the alliance of the UNWTO and the Global Compact has proven to be very advantageous. It is an example—using the sectoral approach that we are called upon to adopt—for other sectors, showing that we can advance from “no negative impact” to positive impact.
United Nations Global Compact Network Spain