On the journey to greater sustainability
For some time now, KölnTourist has been on the journey to more sustainability. As a family business, responsible action, careful use of the environment and resources, and fair treatment of employees are particularly important to us. Our goal: to become a little better every day!
For over 30 years, KölnTourist has been one of the leading shipping companies in the Cologne area. And the Schmitz family's shipping tradition goes back even much longer. For more than 90 years, we have been sailing in the service of the citizens of Cologne and Bonn in the areas of scheduled trips, excursions, private and business charter trips. Thus, for decades, we have developed into what we are today: a modern company in the shipping industry and an important tourist service provider in the region.
This is precisely why, as a family business, we face up to our responsibilities every day - including in the area of sustainability. The careful use of resources, and here in particular with the element of water, is of particular importance to us. The always fair and cosmopolitan treatment of our employees is part of our firmly anchored value system in the company and the economic success to secure the family business also for future generations is the declared goal.
We are still a long way from reaching the goal of our sustainability efforts, but we are working hard on it, with all our might and with firm conviction. Because we love what we do, even when it comes to sustainable action.
Ecology, economy and social issues should also be in harmony in passenger shipping.
3 sustainability dimensions | 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | 5 KölnTourist fields of action
In order to further optimize sustainable action in all three dimensions of the concept of sustainability, we are fundamentally guided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. These are intended to ensure sustainable development worldwide at the economic, social and ecological levels. What does that mean for KölnTourist in concrete terms? We are currently focusing our sustainability efforts on five fields of action:
- the reduction of emissions,
- water protection,
- a sustainable catering offer on board,
- Sustainability in office and administration and
- climate-neutral transportation of passengers, true to the motto "avoid, reduce, compensate".