Grand Prix

Case Film

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Product / ServicePALAU PLEDGE
Idea Creation HOST/HAVAS Sydney, AUSTRALIA


Name Company Position
Seamus Higgins Host/Havas Executive Creative Director
Gustavo Vampre Host/Havas Creative Director
Paul Bootlis Host/Havas Creative Director
Josh Bryer Host/Havas Digital Creative Director
Gustavo Vampre Host/Havas Senior Art Director
Gustavo Vampre Host/Havas Senior Art Director
Stu Alexander Host/Havas Senior Art Director
Paul Bootlis Host/Havas Senior Copywriter
Daniel Fryer Host/Havas Senior Copywriter
Darren Cole Host/Havas Head of Design
Nic Adamovich Host/Havas Senior Designer
Dylan Reid Host/Havas Digital Designer
Serlina Wong, Michael Macgregor Host/Havas Designer 
Pip Snelling Host/Havas Senior Finished Artist/Designer 
Alex Ball Host/Havas Client Business Director
Maggie de Goede Host/Havas Account Manager
Mark McKissock Host/Havas Social Director 
Shea Warnes Host/Havas Senior Digital Strategist 
Beau Simmons Host/Havas TV & Video Editor 
Ros Payne Host/Havas Senior Broadcast Producer 
Andrew Sambell, Megan Evans Host/Havas Digital Producers
Thea Clausen Host/Havas Senior Print Producer 
Adam Shutler, Rhys Hobbs Host/Havas UX
Andrew Sambell, Megan Evans Host/Havas Digital Producers
Enric Sala National Geographic Photographer
Adam Shutler, Rhys Hobbs Host/Havas UX
Peter Pippen Host/Havas Senior Strategic Planner
Edward Scrivens Host/Havas Junior Strategist
Adam Freedman Red Agency Head of Consumer
Alan Dickson Yukfoo Producer and Creative Director
Katie Lettice, Jackie Holt, Andrea Philips, Caroline Jeffery, Madeline Mullins, Sarah Dillon Red Agency Account Executives
Evan Viera, Tommy Wooh ROYGBIV Directors
Sean Izzard The Pool Collective Photographer
Jed Kurzel Independent Composer
Abigail Sie Song Zu Sound Designer
Enric Sala National Geographic Photographer
Alan Dickson Yukfoo Producer and Creative Director

The Campaign

To promote personal responsibility and encourage sustainable actions, a bold, permanent new entry visa process was created. All arriving visitors MUST now sign a pledge, stamped in their passports, to be good environmental stewards. This mandatory agreement, dedicated to Palau’s children, needs to be signed before an officer. Visitors are required to read and sign the agreement in front of the officer to gain entry.

Creative Execution

The Palau Government passed a new law on December 6, 2017, directing immigration officials to use the Palau Pledge entry visa stamp. The agency worked with the client (the Palau Legacy Project, a sustainable tourism marketing body), the government, the tourism industry and citizens to implement the new policy. • Immigration law, customs processes were changed permanently • The Pledge was issued in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean • Visitors required to watch an inflight film shown on all inbound flights • Business accreditation program created to empower tourism businesses/ residents • New curriculum for primary/ secondary school students and other training programs to help build eco-awareness and conscious business principles within the tourist sector • Locals/ tour operators encouraged to take Pledge • Multi-language passport brochure/ airport posters/ website/ signage around Palau/ social influencer activity

Launched at the UN, the Pledge garnered enormous coverage for Palau’s conservation efforts. Its social, cultural, and political impact is local and global: • Over 2 million tourists will sign Pledge within first 10 years • In first weeks of launch, Pledge achieved 1.7 billion earned media impressions (for $0 spend) • Pledge endorsed by global organisations/ leaders in politics, conservation, and tourism, including UN, World Economic Forum, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Kerry (Former US Secretary of State) • The first country to incorporate environmental practices into its immigration laws While Palau is a small nation, its efforts to mitigate mass tourism’s effects can be seen on a global scale. Already nations including New Zealand have expressed interest in creating their own visitor Pledge. By taking steps to sustainably manage its tourist population, Palau hopes other countries will take action to protect their environment.

This work is relevant for Integrated because it represents a reimagined and redesigned tourism experience. To curb ecological damage caused by booming tourist numbers, a bold entry visa process was created for Palau. Visitors have a pledge stamped in their passports, which they must sign before an officer. This agreement, dedicated to Palau’s children, is a promise to act in an environmentally responsibly way. The redesigned tourism experience includes: passport insert; inflight film shown on all inbound flights; education (for citizens); business accreditation; website; signage; penalties. Palau is the first country to incorporate environmental practices into its immigration laws.

The agency created the idea of the Palau Pledge in response to the client’s brief: to promote ecologically responsible behaviour amongst tourists and locals, ensuring enforcement and encouragement is seen to be everyone’s job. The Pledge is a commitment device rooted in behavioural economics. By making a person agree to a small, public request to sign the Pledge, it creates a strong internal desire to behave consistently. Palau can also take legal action against visitors who violate the strict environmental laws underpinning the Pledge – including fining offenders up to USD 1 million. The Palau Pledge unifies action to protect Palau’s environment. It shows tourists their role in protecting Palau. By modelling to visitors a responsible way to travel, locals are creating a better alternative where their natural/ cultural resources are respected.


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