Oasis of the Seas docked at St. Thomas pier.

Oasis of the Seas docked at St. Thomas pier.

Royal Caribbean Cruises announced Thursday that the company has been ranked among the top 100 companies in the world for its sustainability reporting and performation by being added to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index.

The NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index serves as a benchmark of companies that are taking a leadership role in sustainability performance reporting. To be considered for the Index, companies have to be listed on a major U.S. Stock Exchange and voluntarily disclose critical data including their carbon footprint, energy usage, water consumption, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, employee safety, workforce diversity, management composition and community investing. Of course they also have to rank amongst one of the top performers.

“Royal Caribbean’s addition to the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index is recognition of our status as a global leader for its sustainability practices,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. “Conserving the marine environment is an integral part of our economic success. Our goal and that of our industry in general is to protect the marine environment and sustain the well-being of the people and destinations we serve. We appreciate the efforts made by NASDAQ and CRD Analytics to genuinely measure the performance of listed companies, and this recognition encourages and affirms our sustainability efforts.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. recently published its annual Stewardship Report, which provides updates on the company’s recent performance, progress and activities for Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International in nine important areas of stewardship including energy and air emissions; water and wastewater; waste and chemical management; conservation, destinations and education; community involvement; safety and security; medical operations; public health; and human resources.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisieres de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with three under construction.

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  • jeremy shepard

    I always enjoy the articles and comments in Gcaptain.
    However..in the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary the word PERFORMATION
    does not exist…but it won`t effect your navigation.
    (ref. Royal Caribbean recognized…..)

  • C.P.T.L.

    A cruise ship line is a “sustainable” operation?

    How’s that?

    By torquing millions of tons of steel up out of the ground and forming it into ships?

    Covering those ships in tens of thousands of gallons of paint?

    Laying out carpet by the square mile?

    Driving enormous hotels around the water to the tune of amazing tons of fossil fuel?

    Maintaining those enormous ships – ships, of all things?

    How many more of these ships are planned or in the works right now?

    As for the year in, year out service to a never-ending stream of holidaymakers, this list would be too big for this forum.

    Clearly NASDAQ and the industry define the word ‘sustainable’ in a unique way that presupposes driving giant hotels around the oceans can be fit into the natural order.

    The highest attainment of sustainability is that the making and use of things and the running of operations not leave a mark on the planet, and so do not contribute to global warming.

    Gasses don’t go into the atmosphere, landfills are not added to, and reliance on unsustainable support industries does not happen.

    That is the ideal by which the application of the word is measured.

    It’s good that a cruise ship operation work to be as sustainable as possible, but applying that word to this subject could hardly stretch the word thinner.

    The very nature of the industry is that it takes from the environment and offends the environment, and is a conspicuous part of the dire problem that is climate change.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com/ steve from virginia

    Ha haha! Cruise line is sustainable?

    This was sustainable!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RfuGKXOkB4

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