The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015 by the 193 United Nations (UN) member states. These 17 goals address economic, environmental and social impacts, and are designed to form a blueprint for good growth, nationally and internationally, by 2030. They’re underpinned by 169 targets to help define progress.

BCD Travel has supported this shared plan of action for people, planet and prosperity for two years. Through our strategic direction and business activities, we contribute directly and indirectly to the achievement of the SDGs. We identified and prioritized five areas that are most relevant for our business:

No poverty (1) – End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The John & Marine van Vlissingen BCD Family Foundation supports projects that help improve socio-economic conditions in developing countries. The foundation supports L’Ecole de Choix in Haiti, working with the school to offer high-quality education to children living in extreme poverty in Mirebalais, Haiti. The project aims to give underprivileged children the opportunity to make an extraordinary impact on the social fabric, the economy, the non-profit environment, the business sector—every aspect of the Haitian community.

In 2017, we supported almost 30 projects around the world to help children in need in poor communities and in places where BCD employees live and work.

Quality education (4) – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

We employ almost 13,500 staff globally and provide internships to many students. We proactively promote equal access for minority groups, women and people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as encourage awareness of social and environmental issues.

Gender equality (5) – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Diversity is an important factor in our business success. Globally, our staff is 70% female and 30% male, reflective of the traditionally female-oriented travel industry. Our workplace programs, including sponsorship, mentoring, training and coaching opportunities, help guide our employees to advance their skillsets and careers. Our flexible work policy supports working from home and shared parental leave, helping our employees accommodate their priorities outside of work.

Climate action (13) – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Action on climate is a priority for BCD Travel. Greenhouse gases are the biggest environmental impact for our business, so we’ve made it central to our sustainability strategy.

Our operations are ISO 14001 accredited, and we provide our clients with green travel solutions.

Partnerships for the goals (17) – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

We work with external stakeholders to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, and technology, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all of the countries where we operate.