Sustainability and Greek Tourism

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) is committed to promote the sustainable transition of the tourism sector with a long-term perspective.  To this end, SETE is placing sustainability at the core of its strategy.

Our Goals

SETE’s commitment to sustainability is aligned with the Confederation’s objectives to:

  • Create added value, inform, educate, and lead, with specific tools and initiatives that contribute tangibly to the sustainability transformation of the Greek tourism enterprises,
  • Promote and showcase best practices of the tourism sector at large and its fields, for Society, Environment and Economy,
  • Participate in policies that are connected to the tourism sector and the management of destinations, promoting best practices and benchmarks for sustainable development and the harmonization of the sector with the UN SDGs.

In this framework, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Network Greece since September 2023. In the period 2022 -2023, SETE – aligned with the GRI principles – having realized its first materiality analysis and stakeholder mapping, has connected its strategy and action plans for the next years with the following UN SDGs:

Sustainable Development Goals

SETE’s commitment to sustainability is aligned with the Confederation’s objectives to:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
Strategic Pillars

SETE’s strategy and initiatives for the next years will focus on 5 key pillars, which are directly related to the National Strategy Tourism I Action Plans 2030

  • Investments and competitiveness,
  • Infrastructures,
  • Destination Management,
  • Labor issues and
  • Sustainability.

The UN Global Compact is a call for businesses and institutions, to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles related to human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. SETE became a member of the UN Global Compact in September 2023, committing to implementing, disclosing information, and promoting the Ten Principles, while undertaking actions to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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