Industry Update
Press Release 4 October 2019

Meliá Hotels International Named The Most Sustainable Hotel Company In The World

The company achieves the highest score in the industry, above major international groups, in the latest SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA)

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Meliá Hotels International, the leading hotel company in Spain, has just received its individual and voluntary assessment results after having sought to be assessed according to the same procedure applied for listed companies by the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). Meliá Hotels International achieved the highest score in the global travel & tourism industry. For Gabriel Escarrer, Vice President and CEO of Meliá, "without a shadow of a doubt, this news is the greatest possible acknowledgement for our management model, in which making sustainability an intrinsic part of the business is one of our most important goals given the need for companies to generate a positive impact on society and the planet."


The results of the individual assessment confirm the company's excellent performance, commitment to social and economic development and its key role in combating climate change in the hotel industry. As Escarrer says, "we are a family company with strong values and very focused on building a relationship of trust with our stakeholders and society in general. I'm so proud of the entire Meliá team for having been able to come together and create a company-wide culture of commitment to major global challenges, respond with a long-term vision, responsibility and respect for the environment, driven by an awareness that travel and tourism are powerful drivers of global social and economic development".

The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, is an annual evaluation of the sustainability performance of more than 4,700 companies in all industries based on general economic, social and environmental criteria and specific criteria for each industry. In 2018, Meliá voluntarily took part in the evaluation and achieved the third highest score in the industry as well as Silver Class recognition in the Sustainability Yearbook published by SAM. This year, the Spanish hotel company has set a new record in achieving its highest ever score to date - 83 points (10 more than the previous year).

The evaluation confirms Meliá Hotels International's leadership in economic and social dimensions, having achieved the maximum score of 100 points for criteria such as Climate Strategy, Social Reporting, CRM, Tax Strategy or Materiality. In addition, it also achieved the top score in the industry for criteria as diverse as Human Rights, Human Capital Development, Supply Chain Management, Codes of Business Conduct, Risk & Crisis Management and Occupational Health and Safety.

About Melia Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 390 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, with brands including Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Company is the global leader in resort hotels, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the third most sustainable hotel company in the world in 2018, according to RobecoSam, the investment company to produce the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram

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