Sustainability on the seas – Part Two – Safety, labour and social | The New Economy


Karina Spiegel: Well, the safety of our guests
and crew is extremely important. Because they’re out at sea the majority of the time, so we
are continuously learning and sharing best occupational health and safety practices to
continue to make sure that our guests have a safe experience, and our crew is safe. The New Economy: Carnival Corporation’s sustainability
journey is about more than just caring for the seas it sails on. The company is serious
about safety, and has invested around €75m in a brand new facility. Bill Burke: The Arison Centre is a combination
of a hotel and a training centre, named after our founder and his son, our current chairman
Mickey. We opened it in July of last year. It gives
us four full mission bridge simulators, four engine control room simulators, plus pieces
of the engine room, briefing rooms, debriefing rooms. Gives us the opportunity to do environmental
officer training, to do hands-on training on breakers and electrical safety. So it allows
us to put you in challenging situations that you might not see otherwise. In a centre
where you can hit the reset button and start over again if it’s not going well, or you
can stop it and say: what are you thinking about right now? Why are you doing this, why
are you doing that? It really enhances the learning. It’s definitely important for us, because
we want to raise the standard of what we’re doing at sea. We need to be able to operate
our ships in a safe manner, and that’s fundamental to sustainability. We also want our officers to know we’re investing
in them. And from an officer perspective, I think they all want to be as good as they
can be. And this gives them an opportunity to do that. The New Economy: Carnival’s third sustainability
focus is its social and labour performance. Karina Spiegel: On labour and social we have
three goals. We have a community goal focused on partnerships and initiatives to support
the communities that we visit. We also have a business partner code of conduct and ethics
goal, about bringing our expectations to the supply chain, so that our vendors understand
our expectations of them. Then we also have a diversity and ethics
goal, which is focused on our employees, to provide a positive work environment and opportunities
for them to build their career. Elaine Heldewier: The social and the labour
component is extremely important because the ships are not just steel. It’s the people
that make the operation. And socially – because we go to so many different places around the
world. Annually we basically cover more than 700 different ports worldwide, it’s important
for us to know those places and develop our relationship with them, and see how can we
better interact with each other? The New Economy: Today, sustainability is
embedded in all of Carnival’s operations. It’s simply part of its ethos; and it’s
how we should all be doing business. Bill Burke: If we are not sustainable then
we won’t be here for a long period of time. And fundamentally, sustainability is about
endurance. And you have to take care of the environment, you have to take care of your
people, you have to take care of your business to be sustainable. Karina Spiegel: We are focused on our 2020
sustainability goals, but we are thinking now on what are the next steps beyond 2020.
After these goals we want to make sure we already have new goals in place. On the environment,
as this again is a big part of our business, and a growing part of our concerns. We want
to continue our initiatives with the communities, and continue to have a positive work environment
for our employees and make sure that also invites new employees in to work with us in
the future. Elaine Heldewier: For us, it’s an ongoing
process. It doesn’t have an end. It’s part of the organisation, and every year we
look at components of our sustainability; how do I fit in the bigger picture, and how
can I minimise my impact as an individual, and as an organisation? Bill Burke: I still love going to sea on our
ships. Being able to see the ocean different everywhere, beautiful everywhere. Sometimes
a little ornery. But I think it’s a wonderful way to connect with the world. And we do have
to preserve that. And we’re doing our best to do just that. If you started here, you missed what Carnival’s
doing around environmental sustainability – which is pretty important, so go back
and watch that now. If you like what we’re doing here, please
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