Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic makes its way into our oceans, where it smothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife. In an effort to address the serious ecological threat posed by plastic pollution, the United Nations is using its annual World Environment Day on June 5 to “beat plastic pollution.” For the 2018 World Environment Day (WED), organizers have come up with the slogan: “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.”
In conjunction with WED, BCD Travel and its 13,500 global employees have committed to reducing single-use or disposable plastic waste by 25% by taking such actions as eliminating plastic water bottles in company meeting rooms.
Did you know?
- World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
- Each year, a different country is selected to serve as World Environment Day host. India is the 2018 host.
- World Environment Day is one of many BCD Travel sustainability initiatives. The company has been award two EcoVadis gold ratings for its corporate social responsibility performance.