The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), located in Bangkok, Thailand, has achieved Silver-level Sustainability Certification by EarthCheck, a scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. The official certificate handover ceremony took place during the PATA Annual Summit 2016 in Guam, immediately following the meeting of the PATA Sustainability & Social Responsibility Committee on Friday, May 20, 2016.
The team at PATA worked with guidance from EarthCheck to collect and collate operational data and information on its practices in order to be benchmarked against EarthCheck’s global sustainability standard. This important milestone follows PATA’s previous achievement of Bronze Benchmarked Sustainability Certification in 2015. The benchmarking data addressed a wide range of issues, including water, waste, and energy use, risk management, community contributions and the use of paper, chemicals, and cleaning products. EarthCheck’s three-tiered rating of Bronze, Silver, and Gold status is built on the belief that effective scientific benchmarking puts rigour and transparency into business processes, benefitting all stakeholders in the long term.
PATA CEO Mario Hardy said, “Our team has worked tirelessly and has taken great measures to achieve Silver recognition. I am proud of our staff for committing to sustainability initiatives in our office and look forward to even more continued improvements by striving to minimise our use of water, energy, and paper, and by also reducing our waste. We wish to show our members and partners what environmental leadership is about, and encourage them to follow suit.”
Mr Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, said that the Pacific Asia Travel Association is now recognised both in the community and business tourism industry as a sustainability leader. “PATA is the first Administration Office in Thailand to achieve this highly sought-after recognition. In doing so, it is measuring its performance against best practices and making positive changes to reduce its environmental footprint and improve its social impact,” he added.
PATA is committed to treading lightly on the planet and has, over the years, taken steps to reduce its footprint. PATA empowers its members to leave a positive impact on the surrounding environments in which they operate by helping to strengthen the industry’s understanding of the issues that need attention, and by providing the resources to help tackle these issues. PATA encourages its stakeholders to promote its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility in the travel and tourism sector, and in their daily lives.