Focus on the environment and social aspects10.06.2011
Sustainability concept presented for TUI Marathon Palma de Majorca
Palma de Majorca, 10 June 2010. Environment and social commitment – these are the two major supporting themes of the sustainability strategy behind the TUI Marathon Palma de Majorca. Consequently TUI, Europe’s leading leisure travel group, will operate the world’s most beautiful island marathon under the “green marathon” leitmotiv in the future. Sustainability has had a firm place in TUI’s corpo-rate philosophy and culture since 20 years. “As the organiser and name sponsor of the Marathon we feel it is our duty to consider the aspect of sustainability in this major sporting event even more than we have been doing in the past and make it more targeted,“ said Michael Lambertz, Marketing Director and responsible for the Marathon at TUI.
It is very important that the tour operators too promote responsibility for the environment. That’s why we congratulate TUI for their initiative in the diversifica-tion of tourism products to be permanently on the look-out for harmony with the natural environment," said Gabriel Vincens Mir, Environment and Mobility Minister of the Balearics. And María Isabel González, Sport Councillor of Palma added: “We believe it is important and good that companies promoting sporting events highlight such initiatives for protecting the environment. The future lies in an on-going en-joyment of sporting activities, while minimising the waste caused as well as the envi-ronmental pollution.“
In the development of the so-called “Green Marathon“ concept TUI oriented itself on the guidelines for environmentally friendly major sporting events, which have been worked out jointly by the German Federal Environment Ministry and the Ger-man Olympic Sports Association. “We are well aware that major sporting events also create environmental burdens,“ said Lambertz. “For this reason,“ he continued, “we have already in the past paid considerable attention to environmental aspects associated with the TUI Marathon, but now it is time to extend these even more.“
For instance TUI contributes to the protection of the environment by making a fixed contribution for every Majorca flight. The proceeds are invested directly in the TUI Forest in the northeast of the island. In addition, TUI doubles every voluntary tree donation to the TUI Forest made by customers. Within the marathon event shuttle bus services are provided for the participants, whereas exhibitors are con-tractually obliged to avoid waste and sort any waste that they do produce. The waste along the route is cleared and appropriately sorted, while the food and drinks for the runners en route are mainly local products.
Partners and co-sponsors of the marathon also adhere to the sustainability concept, for instance by providing running equipment from ecologically and recyclable raw materials.
TUI’s second approach in its sustainability strategy is the acceptance of social re-sponsibility. Since 2008 TUI has been working together with UNICEF Majorca on the TUI Marathon Palma de Majorca. For every child that participates in the Kids’ Run, the running event on the day before the marathon, TUI donates five euros to the UNICEF aid project “Water for Niger – every drop counts“, which works towards improving the living conditions of children in that African region.
Another socially oriented form of cooperation involving the TUI Marathon Palma de Majorca exists with the Peter Maffay Foundation, which focuses its efforts on a therapeutic ”children’s finca“ on Majorca. This cooperation allows Tabaluga children who are looked after in the finca to take part in the Kids’ Run with their very own starter’s number. Moreover, TUI contributes to the work of the foundation by pro-viding free flights for the youngsters.
This year the Family Holiday Association is the partner organisation on the British market. When booking a travel package, runners from the United Kingdom can give disadvantaged families the chance of a holiday.
The details of the sustainability concept of the TUI Marathon Palma de Mallorca can be found here