Sustainability

Sustainability report

GRI-EOSS-guidelines

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.

Sustainability  - Volunteers clothes for Africa

The Beach Volleyball Major Series - Swatch Major Gstaad 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.

Sustainability @ the Swatch Major Gstaad

Food
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.
Garbage
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:

  • Our cleaning team is taking care of cleanliness and garbage separation around the clock.
  • Drinks are only sold in returnable PET cups with a depot. There is also a depot for PET or glass, for which you receive a chip.
  • Separation of PET, glass, paper/carton, metal/aluminium, construction garbage and normal garbage (for visitors).
  • Dishes of renewable resources, which are an environmentally compatible alternative to plastic products and which can be cleaned CO2-neutral - through fermentation, composting or burning. The dishes are specifically separated and accordingly composted.

Transport
We support the use of public transportation (cooperation with BLS RailAway).

For the transportation between the Center Court and the Side Courts is an available Saanen Bank train. For our VIP guest, we provide a free shuttle transportation between the VIP Parking at Rütti School and the Center Court. 

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).
Power consumption
We use the 100% certified green electricity from BKW.
Area/tribune/construction
Multifunctional use of the playing venue in cooperation with Grand Chelem Management S.A., the organizer of the tennis tournaments. (Stadium/tribunes, tents, construction).
Paper
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.