Since as early as 2003, Planet & People has been a major priority at OCEANDIVA. OCEANDIVA works together with its team, customers, partners and government in an effort to strike the right balance between caring for the planet and for the people. Increasingly, that balance has proved successful in achieving better results. Not only in terms of OCEANDIVA events, but also for society as a whole. At policy level, OCEANDIVA has introduced a range of environmental measures. For example, the OCEANDIVA event locations are powered by plug in to the shore power supply on the quayside when moored and work with partners in efforts to minimise the use of water and waste. All of these, combined with the fact
that the General Manager even allowed herself to be locked up in support of a good cause, represent genuine progress to a better, greener world. In addition, the ‘from asphalt to water’ campaign helps increase customers awareness’ of how accessible the sailing venues actually are. Instead of having hundreds of cars drive to a venue, the OCEANDIVA event locations sail directly to the customer. This not only lowers CO2 emissions (produced by the cars), but also reduces the number of no shows, which in turn helps minimise waste during the actual event. Planet & People is therefore a fundamental part of the OCEANDIVA objectives and proudly supported by the entire OCEANDIVA team.
Once moored, the sailing venues are connected to the electricity grid onshore (if available). At their home port, the sailing venues are continually connected to shore power: an environmentally-friendly measure that is increasingly being applied by governments in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Of its own free will and expecting nothing in return, OCEANDIVA takes great pleasure in contributing to good causes, by means of donations, sponsorship and voluntary work. In 2015, Mandy Berding, General Manager of OCEANDIVA, had herself locked up for Free a Girl, an emergency aid organisation that works to free young girls from enforced prostitution. Of course, OCEANDIVA also supported Free a Girl by means of a generous donation and the team gave their colleague the necessary moral support and assistance.
From Asphalt to Water
Offering guests an OCEANDIVA sailing venue means opting for an event that is sustainable. What other venue avoids the need to have 1,500 cars on the road, instead bringing the venue directly to the customer? For its top destinations, OCEANDIVA provides transparency in terms of travel options (including by public transport) and accessibility. The resulting shorter travel distances help reduce no shows, which means much less waste in terms of food and staffing.
OCEANDIVA does everything in its power to apply corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout its entire business operations. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, OCEANDIVA partly selects its partners based on their use of and choice of sustainable and honest products. For example, caterers work with local suppliers and try to minimise waste. Ultimately, it is all about working together to create a great event that is as environmentally-friendly as possible.