Corporate Social Responsibility
Responsible Management is core to our brand DNA. Our strategy encourages inclusive economic development. Our voluntary alignment with international and regional guidelines such as UN 17 SDGs, the 10 principles of UN Global Compact, GRI Standards, IIRC (International Integrated Reporting Council) frameworks, SIDS (Small Islands Developing States) and the S.A.M.O.A Pathway, enable us to go beyond commitment to all the relevant national legislations and to contribute to overall progress of humanity. TLC is the first Mauritian hotel group listed on the Sustainability Index of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. We are part of the GRI Gold Community.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Our strategy is designed to align with the 17 UN SDGs. Through stakeholder inclusiveness and key partnerships we have been mapping all 17 simultaneously. The goals are ambitious and optimistic, so are we. We bring our support to the communities in every destination where we operate and the causes we support range from inclusive community development, healthcare, poverty reduction to environmental projects such as endemic biodiversity conservation and most importantly we put good governance and sustainability at the core of our strategy.
UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT
We ensure at the very core of decision-makings, the four pillars of the United Nations Global Compact: Human Rights, Labor, Environment and Anti-corruption. As a signatory, we align with the ten principles by supporting and ensuring the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights. We encourage freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining and uphold the elimination of forced or compulsory labor. We banish discrimination in respect of employment and occupation and support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges. We undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and adopt environmentally friendly technologies. We work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery. We achieve this through implementation of robust policies, trainings and feedback mechanisms.
RAY OF LIGHT
Ray of Light engages the stakeholders and community in our projects and uplift those who require support from the many types of marginalization. Ray of Light covers the following SDGs: 1 No Poverty; 2 Zero Hunger; 3 Good Health & Well-Being; 4 Quality Education; 5 Gender Equality; 6 Clean Water and Sanitization; 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth; 10 Reduced Inequalities; 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions. We collaborate with NGOs providing quality education to children from disadvantaged households, healthcare to the needy, supporting gender equality through women and girl’s empowerment, advising and guiding the disabled to self-reliance through sports or IT projects.
Tread Lightly, our environmental flagship project is recognised locally and internationally as an umbrella for Climate Change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, with renewable energy and biodiversity conservation projects. Tread Lightly covers the following SDGs: 7; 9; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15 and 17. We promise our guests a 100% carbon free stays for a voluntary participation of 1 Euro per night. Tread Lightly has exceeded the millionth participating guest night and 97,000 TCO2 of offset GHG via UNFCCC registered projects. We have already implemented an initial pilot Solar PV project in Mauritius at Ile Des Deux Cocos, which is contributing towards reduction of use of diesel and emissions. We are implementing a Solar PV project of at least 500MWp in the Maldives for a lighter footprint.
INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY
Going on our fifth consecutive Integrated Annual Report, aligned with GRI Standards and IIRC Framework bears testimony to our unabated dedication, passion and allegiance to absolute transparency in terms of disclosure, taking our Responsibility of Leadership at heart and establishing trust relationships with all our stakeholders through sustained accountability and value creation. We continually invest in external assurance by accredited auditors to ensure on integrity of information. TLC Policies are enforced via dedicated mechanisms, such a hotline for reporting any breach anonymously, Standard Operating Procedures ensuring any arising situation is handled under the supervision of TLC Executive Committee and Senior Management. Our long-standing Code of Ethics and Anti-Bribery policies ensure transparency and accountability.
As a member of The Code of Conduct against Child Trafficking in Travel and Tourism, TLC has taken a public stance against any form of abuse, specifically against child trafficking in the sector. We have a Child Protection Policy in place to ensure same.
Our TLC properties in Mauritius, Reunion Island and Maldives are Green Globe Sustainability Certified. More destinations and properties are in the pipeline of upcoming certifications. We also have property with the Butterfly Effect mark by Positive Luxury.