Dufry’s success goes beyond commercial and financial performance and we understand that our business activities also have an impact on the communities in the countries in which we operate. Since 2019, Dufry has supported the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and we became a signatory member to the UN Global Compact in 2020. We regularly align our overall sustainability strategy with the 10 principles and develop relevant initiatives geared to achieving a more sustainable business, including:
- As the leading global travel retailer, we aim to further improve the overall traveler experience – in our shops we welcome customers from over 150 nationalities every day – and initiate growth opportunities that benefit brands, airports and travelers alike, by developing attractive shopping environments.
- While having accelerated the responsible retailer certification in 2021, we are committed to keep providing responsible retailer training for the sale of alcohol products to store and office staff involved in the sale of such products and also going forward for all new employees as part of their regular training offer.
- Following a detailed acceptance analysis of the sustainable product identification initiative launched in 2021, we will further evolve our sustainable product assortment in line with customer’s preferences and feedback provided.
- Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) will remain an area of focus for Dufry. Our global corporate initiative, first launched in 2016 as women@dufry to bring together female leaders across the business from a variety of functions and geographies, has now further evolved to provide equal opportunities without any kind of discrimination for all employees. Based on the findings identified in the D&I survey of late 2021, we will develop targeted initiatives to further support employees to better manage work, family and life-balance topics. Moreover, we will continue to evolve our training offers for all employees.
- The ongoing development of fair compensation and of gender-pay gap reduction programs remained an important part of our efforts in 2021. Moreover, we have fully revised our Human Resources Policy, now disclosed in the Careers section of the group website. Leveraging on the experience gained through the reconfirmed Equal Salary Certification achieved in Switzerland in 2021, we will continue to analyze compensation plans across the group and develop remediation plans if needed.
- Fostering dialogue with employees is a vital part of our strategy, based on the understanding that our staff are our most valuable asset. In 2019, we conducted a new wave of the Engagement Survey with the participation of 25,213 Dufry employees – representing 73% of our workforce at that time. The next engagement survey is planned for 2022 providing employees with the opportunity to share their views and concerns in the current business environment and following the implementation of the new ways of working.
- While we have fully revised Dufry’s Sustainability Strategy in 2020, the ongoing verification of the strategy and alignment with any new requirements has continued in 2021 and remains a central focus.
- Based on the CO2 emission reduction targets defined in 2021, we will continue and further refine the assessment of our environmental impact. This will allow us to work towards reaching the defined targets, adding important information to a detailed reporting structure, and to have an even better understanding of the environmental footprint of our operations.
- Through our shop network, we directly and indirectly support the local economies of the countries in which we operate: either by employing local staff, sourcing local products, or by paying taxes. Providing jobs and quality working conditions and opportunities, including our training and development programs, are important contributors to developing local wealth.
- Continuing our plan to monitor our supply chain sustainability and include additional suppliers who have accepted the terms of our Supplier Code of Conduct in 2021, we have executed the recertification process, tripling the number of suppliers involved. Also going forward, we will continue to extend the reach of the Supplier Code of Conduct.
- In 2021, we have introduced an extended overview of the risks and opportunities which impact the company, and provided indications on how Dufry mitigates or benefits from the respective developments. The Risks & Opportunities table included in the ESG Report Annex complements the financial risks overview in the Financial Report and will be updated on a regular basis.