As part of a pilot project with the federal office for spatial planning and development (ARE), for environment (BAFU) and for sport (BASPO), the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series - Gstaad Major set up the first sustainability report according to the GRI-EOSS-guidelines. GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) are guidelines for a comprehensive sustainability reporting in consideration of economical, ecological and social factors. The EOSS- guidelines (Event Organizers Sector Supplement) were published in January 2012 and serve as a guide for reporting about sustainability in the event market.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series - Gstaad Major is not only ensuring a highlight in Gstaad, but also in Zambia, Africa. Every year remains lot of clothing, which we would like to hand on reasonably. In Mpanshya, Zambia residents can look forward getting volunteer clothes from Gstaad time after time. Every two years, our volunteer representative Gabi Thoenen is organizing a transport of trousers, T-Shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. to Mpanshya. On her visits, she is meeting people with our volunteer clothes over and over again. Find out more about the project in Mpanshya here.
Our local gastro partners, who are using especially products from the region, are taking care of the stands in the village, as well as at the Promenade. The Grand Hotel Bellevue is responsible for the catering at the VIP-tent, so the kitchen installation is already available.
A public event is producing large amounts of garbage, so we set ourself a goal to minimize the amount of garbage as well as to ensure recycling and the separation of trash. Following actions are taken on site:
We support the using of public transportation (cooperation with BLS RailAway).
For transport between the Center Court and the Side Courts is an available Saanen Bank train.
Available parking spaces for bikes; lot of local visitors arrive by bike.
The accommodations for players/employees/volunteers etc. are close to the event (Gstaad, Saanen, Schönried).
We use the 100% certified green electricity from BKW (main sponsor and energy partner at the same time).
Multifunctional use of the playing venue in cooperation with Grand Chelem Management S.A., the organizer of the tennis tournaments. (Stadium/tribunes, tents, construction).
For the beach printed papers we use paper with the label FSC Mix. Apart from FSC-certified raw materials, non certified material of controlled sources is being processed in the production. Wood of illegal sources, overexploitation or without proof of origin is excluded. For results or schedules during the tournament we use recycling paper with 100% recycled paper content.