25 THE TOURISM SECTOR AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS What are the sustainable development goals? CHALLENGES OF THE TOURISM SECTOR In September 2015 the UN Global Compact Network Spain and the World Tourism Organization signed a partnership agreement to engage the companies of the Spanish tourism sector in corporate social responsibility initiatives, with the SDGs as the primary framework. The two organizations conducted a joint survey with the participation of 13 companies, with the aim of identifying potential challenges in the tourism sector in relation to the new 2030 Development Agenda. The survey identified the following challenges, which can be classified into 6 priority areas: Employment Environment Sustainable Production and Consumption Partnerships Transparency Sustainable Cities Supply Chain One of the main challenges of the sector has to do with employment, especially in terms of ensuring that the companies of the sector offer decent and stable jobs to workers, particularly women and persons with disabilities.
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