2020 Goal & Update

Our Community

Continue to work on initiatives and partnerships that support and sponsor a broad range of organizations for the benefit of our local and global communities visited by our brands.

We continue to engage on initiatives and partnerships that support and sponsor a broad range of organizations for the benefit of our local and global communities:

  • Committed to support Caribbean Community projects with a $10 million pledge.
  • Supported global disaster relief efforts with a $5 million pledge.
  • Continued partnership with Mercy Ships.
  • Continued to support the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture with a $2 million gift over a five-year period.
  • Continued our partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with a $5 million gift over a five-year period.

Business Partner Code of Conduct and Ethics

Further develop and implement vendor assurance procedure ensuring compliance with Carnival Corporation & plc’s Business Partner Code of Conduct and Ethics.

  • Started the audit process for the tour operators that offer encounters with dolphins in captivity.

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FY2018 community Engagement Performance

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In response to the communities affected by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina, Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines and Indonesia’s earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2018, Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Corporation’s Chairman and his wife (Micky and Madeleine Arison), Carnival Foundation, and the Carnival brands have collectively pledged $5 million dollars to support the relief and rebuilding efforts. These contributions also benefit our employees and their families who live in the affected areas.

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Our cruise brands, shipboard and shoreside employees as well as our brand foundations support a variety of local and international organizations through monetary and in-kind donations, philanthropic programs, employee fundraisers and numerous volunteer initiatives. In 2018, we supported the following initiatives:

  • Onboard luncheons: 25+
  • Shoreside employees who volunteered: 1,450+
  • Shoreside volunteered hours: 9500+
  • Cruises donated/provide at reduced rate/value: 850+ / 4.3+ Million
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Costa Group (Costa Cruises, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises) continued their partnership with Mercy Ships to support its humanitarian work. Mercy Ships is an international non-governmental organization that works to promote access to essential healthcare in developing nations.

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Economic Impact

As per Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry generated $134 billion in global economic impact in 2017. This economic activity generated over 1 million jobs around the world, paying $45.6 billion in global wages in 2017. For additional details please refer to CLIA, 2017 Cruise Industry Outlook.

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UNESCO Partnership – World Heritage protection and sustainable tourism

Through our Seabourn brand we continue to partner with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to foster wider support and understanding in the travel industry and among travelers for UNESCO’s mission of identifying, safeguarding and promoting World Heritage sites. The partnership consists of a $1 million financial commitment over a five-year period, which started in 2014.

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World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

We are members of this organization, which promotes partnerships between the public and private sectors. Carnival’s President and CEO, Arnold W. Donald, is a board member and in 2018 was a keynote speaker at the Buenos Aires Conference. WTTC delivers results that match the needs of economies, local and regional authorities, and local communities, with those of business, based on governments recognizing travel & tourism as a top priority, business balancing economics with people, culture and environment, and a shared pursuit of long-term growth and prosperity.

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Yumi Project

Our Carnival Austrtalia brand works in economically-challenged South Pacific Islands on YuMi projects, which translates literally to “you and me”. Working with the Australian government, Carnival Australia finds and develops locally-owned shore tour companies in Vanuatu and helps these small local companies overcome the significant hurdles to becoming part of our global supply chain.

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4Good Food Project

Our Costa brand has a unique partnership with the Food Bank Foundation, one of the biggest charitable organizations in Europe with a well-established distribution network. With this project, our onboard galley crew packages safe and ready-to-eat food and donates it to the food bank in the local port. This unique project has now been replicated in nine ports in Italy, France (including their Caribbean provinces of Martinique and Guadalupe) and in Spain. The project has become a source of pride for our crew and created a bond between our ships and the local community by giving a second life to healthy food and to the beneficiaries who receive it.

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Port Communities

We continue to develop and implement comprehensive Community projects at the ports we own and operate. These ports include Puerta Maya, Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Turk Cruise Center, Turks & Caicos Islands; Amber Cove Cruise Center, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center, Roatán, Honduras. The following is a summary of our main port community accomplishments in 2018:

  • Children Program: Our Amber Cove port donated 80 different toys to primary schools in the community and supported the commemoration of Children’s day. Mahogany Bay supported the “Book Mobile Program” by donating fuel for the bus that visits public schools to provide reading material and donated roof top materials to one public school.
  • Mangrove Reforestation Project: a total of 65 mangrove trees have been planted.
  • Reforestation Project: a total of 45 mahogany trees were planted.
  • Coastal Clean-up Project: Mahogany Bay Cruise Center and volunteer crew members from Brick Bay have collected approximately 1,491 bags containing waste and debris. Amber Cove Cruise Center and community volunteers collected approximately 800 bags of waste during a beach clean-up.
  • Composting Project: Mahogany Bay Cruise terminal continues to use waste generated from gardening maintenance to create compost heaps. The compost material is then reused as fertilizer and soil in the different gardens found in the port facility.
  • Animal Welfare: Mahogany Bay Cruise Terminal continued to support a spaying and neutering program for community stray cats and dogs.
  • Rainwater Collection Program: Continued program as part of the port’s water efficiency initiative. This program incorporates collected and treated rainwater into the port’s water system to minimize the demand on the local water supply. This program is fully implemented in Amber Cove Cruise Center, Puerta Maya and Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. Amber Cove and Puerta Maya use the treated rainwater for toilet flushing. Mahogany Bay uses the treated rainwater to supplement their potable water needs. All rain water is collected and treated on the port premises using port water treatment systems.

Our commitment

Having a positive impact on the communities we visit begins with trust and unity on the inside; a strong company culture, a sense of responsibility, a focus on transparency and a commitment to help make the communities we visit better. We embrace the culture of the communities in which we operate, including our headquarters locations, homeports, private islands and ports of call. We want our ships and crew to always be welcomed, bringing hope, prosperity and goodwill wherever they sail. We understand that there may be an impact on the sustainability of a community when we engage with, operate in, or cease operating there. We continually strive to promote sustainable tourism by contributing to our communities in a positive social, environmental and economic manner, working in conjunction with local governments, trade associations, tourism organizations and other community stakeholders.

Our Strategy

It is important for us to invest in the communities we visit and support their sustainable development, which is also essential for our operations. Within our supply chain, we work with our tour operators to support and ensure responsible excursions. Our port development group works with port communities for developing leading destinations and ports as well as securing preferred ports. This enables us to grow demand and deliver unique experiences that benefit both our destinations and our organization.

The Carnival Foundation, our cruise brand foundations, our cruise brands and our employees support a wide and far-reaching variety of local and global organizations through monetary and in-kind donations, innovative philanthropic programs, employee fundraisers and hands-on volunteer initiatives. We also provide our guests with the opportunity to contribute to the causes we support. Many of our cruise brands have donation programs where reusable goods from our ships are provided to people in need throughout the communities we visit. Local non-profit groups, government agencies and various stakeholder groups work with our cruise brands to collect toiletries, dishes, cookware, mattresses, tableware, furniture and other items from the ships and distribute them to shelters, hospitals, orphanages and homeless programs. We also collaborate with many organizations that focus on the areas of the arts, human rights, education, health and environmental conservation.

As part of our commitment to supporting our communities, during times of crisis, we provide emergency aid and relief through financial donations which we coordinate with various national and international relief organizations. We also use our ships to deliver emergency supplies to the affected areas. Through our cruise brands and corporate foundation as well as through the extraordinary efforts of our employees worldwide, we support a variety of relief programs providing aid, donations and services to an array of charitable organizations that touch many thousands of lives globally.

We also continue to increase the number of partnerships we have around the world to create even more opportunities for our guests and crew to positively experience the places they visit, and also participate in various community and social impact experiences. These experiences make a real sustainable impact not only on the people in the communities we journey to but also on our guests and crew. 

To provide further support to our communities, Carnival Corporation and some of our brands have created their own foundations. We are proud to highlight some of them here: