In 2005, we began a corporate-wide Environmental Management System (EMS) initiative. This comprehensive, planned approach to improving our environmental performance resulted, in 2006, in certification of all of our Operating Lines and ships in accordance with the ISO14001 standard. Each Line’s EMS outlines our commitment to compliance with applicable environmental legislation and regulations, and lays the groundwork for addressing the immediate and long-term environmental impacts of our cruises on the ocean, the air, and the natural habitat of our destinations.
In 2008, we expanded our commitment to transparency by deciding to publicly disclose the environmental, social and governance performance of each of our lines, using the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, to augment the annual Environmental Management reporting effort that we began in 2005.
Publication of our 2009 Sustainability Reports has enabled us to benchmark our collective performance and to identify opportunities for improvement moving forward. This reporting process has already proven to be of value to our business, as it allowed us to:
- Share best practices and lessons learned among ships and operating companies;
- Identify and address opportunities for improvement;
- Develop mechanisms for closing gaps in accountability and data availability; and
- Set the record straight on how we manage the environmental and other sustainability impacts of our operations.
These reports also help us to focus energy on our sustainability direction for each Operating Line as well as for the Corporation, so that we can continue to build upon the multi-year momentum of our sustainability activities.
Carnival Corporation & plc began publishing Environmental Management Reports in 2006 (for FY2005). Below are links to these Environmental Management Reports and the Corporate Sustainability Summary for FY2009: