Special Project

Tropicalia is an ‘eco resort’ project in the Dominican Republic. In 2008, Fundación Tropicalia was formed to actively support the socioeconomic development of adjacent communities in the municipality of Miches where the resort is being developed. In 2013, The Ocean Foundation (TOF) was contracted to develop the first annual United Nations (UN) Sustainability Report for Tropicalia based on the UN Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. In 2014, TOF compiled the second report and integrated the sustainability reporting guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) along with five other sustainable reporting systems. In addition, TOF created a Sustainability Management System (SMS) for future comparisons and tracking of Tropicalia’s resort development and implementation. The SMS is a matrix of indicators that ensure sustainability across all sectors providing a systematic way to track, review and improve operations for better environmental, social, and economic performance. TOF continues to produce Tropicalia’s sustainability report each year (five reports in total) in addition to annual updates to the SMS and GRI tracking index.