A series of 16 case studies documenting successful sustainable procurement practices to transform tourism value chains.
8 March 2019
  • Sustainable Tourism
Example of case study (screenshot) on Leveraging Sustainable Procurement to Transform Tourism

Transforming the tourism value chains to low carbon and resource efficiency requires an increase in sustainable consumption and production practices. By buying more sustainable products and services, corporate buyers in the tourism sector can convey a strong market signal and help drive markets towards more sustainability.


Following up the interactive workshop Leveraging sustainable procurement practices to transform tourism value chains which took place in October 2018, UN Environment has documented successful sustainable procurement practices in a series of 16 case studies. They illustrate how corporate buyers have effectively embedded sustainability in their procurement processes to improve resource efficiency and reduce GHG emissions.



Incorporating circularity in procurement processes

Embedding circularity in the procurement of linen and towels in France        

Procurement of a biomass boiler to operate a green industrial laundry site in Dominican Republic

Considering waste as a resource to re-think procurement requirements in the Maldives                                                                                                                                        


Sustainable food procurement


Engaging local market gardeners in Senegal, Morocco, Brazil and Indonesia   

Virtual agricultural clearing house programme to facilitate local food procurement in Saint Lucia

Use of third-party certifications to procure sustainable seafood             

Local commmunities engagement through the procurement of local food supplies in the Philippines

Accompanying local suppliers in transforming their farming practices in Mauritius                                                                                                                                                                 


Sustainable procurement of energy-efficient equipment

  Procurement of energy efficient equipment to reduce carbon footprint in the Philippines

Procurement of energy-efficient equipment to improve competitiveness in El Salvador

Procuring sustainable cooling equipment in Sri Lanka



Leveraging sustainable procurement to phase out single use plastics

Reduction of single-use plastics in the hotel industry in Cyprus

Phasing out single-use plastics in meetings & events operations

Replacing single-use plastic bottles in Asia                                                                                   


Procurement guidance and certifications to encourage sustainable procurement practices


Encouraging sustainable procurement practices through the use of third-party certification schemes

Convening tourism stakeholders to develop sustainable procurement guidance

The factsheets were produced within the framework of the UN Environment-led project “Transforming tourism value chains in developing countries and Small Island Developing States to accelerate more resource efficient, low carbon development”, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme, with the financial support of the French Government.




  • Sustainable Tourism
Brazil, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Philippines, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Sri Lanka
Case study
Certification, Circularity, Eco-labels, Food, Natural Resources, Plastics, Tourism, Value chain