Holidu - our responsibility for sustainability
Munich, November 17th, 2021
We only have one earth, and all people deserve to live well and fairly on it, now and in the future. We as a company are committed to sustainable development. With our passion for travel and technology, we continuously look for innovative solutions and implement them as a team.
What we do:
- Holidu is climate neutral. All CO2 emissions generated by our operational processes and essential travel by our employees are compensated for.
- We are a member of the Leaders For Climate Action Community to raise awareness of the importance of climate action and work together to achieve more.
- We award sustainable vacation accommodations with the “Eco” label so that travelers can quickly and easily choose environmentally friendly accommodations.
- A dedicated Climate Squad team at Holidu has been driving sustainable issues and activities since October 2019.
- As an entire Holidu Group team, we regularly implement projects to act even more sustainable together. From Go Green challenges among employees to hackathons to find sustainable solutions with our tech expertise.
- We avoid business travel. For essential travel, we follow our Green Travel Policy.
Holidu is climate neutral
All CO2 emissions generated by our operational processes and essential travel from our employees are compensated for. We support the climate protection project for sustainable forest conservation in the Amazon, which both preserves one of the planet’s most important CO2 reservoirs and creates a great social impact in the form of educational opportunities and sources of income. Learn more
Leader for Climate Action
We are a member of the Leaders For Climate Action Community to raise awareness of the importance of climate action and work together to achieve more. Read more.
Eco label for sustainable vacation accommodation
Sustainable vacation accommodations are marked by Holidu with the “Eco” label so that travelers can quickly and easily choose environmentally friendly accommodations. Every rental that is labeled as sustainable must meet at least eight of the sustainability criteria defined by Holidu. The sustainability criteria range from green electricity to waste separation and water-saving systems in the accommodation. The individual sustainability criteria is based on labeling by the respective hosts and providers. The compliance with the sustainability criteria is carried out by the hosts.
We see that environmental issues are close to the hearts of vacation home renters. In a customer survey, 85 percent of participants indicated that sustainability is important to them on vacation (survey 07/29 – 08/19/2021).
More and more vacation homeowners are also making great efforts to contribute to sustainability: some are equipping rental properties with solar panels, using recycled materials in construction, and offering natural, instead of chlorinated, pools. In a survey of vacation home renters in Germany, 77 percent of landlords said they already consider environmentally friendly aspects when renting out their property. Another ten percent do not yet do so, but the topic is important to them, and they would like to invest in it in the future. Only four percent are not interested in environmentally friendly aspects when renting out their property. The survey was conducted by Bookiply, the vacation home rental software and service provider and subsidiary of Holidu (survey 09.28-10.05.2021).
Green employee initiatives
For more than two years, a dedicated group of employees has been driving sustainable issues in our company as the “Climate Squad.” For this to succeed, however, all 300+ employees need to pitch in. One of our corporate values is “we win as a team” – this applies in particular to the areas of sustainability and environmental protection. Only together can we make our company and product sustainable.
The entire Holidu Group team regularly participates in initiatives, from the Global Climate Strike of Fridays For Future to a fundraising campaign to build solar energy cells to generate electricity for an orphanage.
Internally, we hosted a hackathon on sustainable travel to find solutions using our technological and business expertise.
Business travel not only pollutes the environment, it is also very time-consuming and usually causes additional stress for travelers. For this reason, we try to avoid business travel. Nevertheless, face-to-face meetings are often a decisive factor for business relationships. Our goal is therefore to travel as environmentally friendly as possible while acting sensibly. To this end, we bundle appointments to save multiple round trips. For any long-distance trip that can be made in six hours or less by train, we take the train – not a plane or car. If several employees are traveling, we will form a carpool.
We are convinced that many small steps can make a big difference. For example, Holidu offers its employees vegan and sustainably produced snacks in the office and provides reusable lunch boxes. In a “Go Green” challenge, employees formed teams took on various challenges relating to nutrition, hobbies and mobility, and together they reduced their ecological footprint. And we still have a lot more planned.
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