The hospitality industry has a lot to celebrate when it comes to sustainability, and Diversey Care is proud to be part of the excitement. We recently had the pleasure of attending the Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony in Paris where innovative hospitality initiatives from around the globe were honored for their excellence.
At the event, we sponsored the Best Initiative in Social Responsibility for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes a global and an independent initiative that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development, fair trade and social responsibility towards employees and local populations, and/or tourist sites and natural resources.
The submissions for this category were truly inspiring and highlighted a range of hospitality projects that are benefitting people and the planet. Diversey Care president, Dr. Ilham Kadri, presented the awards to this year’s winners:
- Global initiative: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) was recognized for its “The Future of Local” program, which engaged the world’s thought leaders through TED events, TED.com and 7 TEDActive Universities, asking them how IHG can make local communities a better place. Over 3,000 people visited the ‘Future of Local’ microsite and the feedback from these events supported a range of local initiatives. For example, the InterContinental Hong Kong recycled 1,200 liters of food waste into compost, gave away 2,630 kilograms of spare fruit to the wider community and participated in a large-scale soap and shampoo recycling program. Christophe Laure, General Manager at InterContinental Le Grand Hotel Paris, accepted the award on behalf of IHG.
Other finalists for the global initiative award include Louvre Hotels Group for its social charter for room cleaning subcontractors and Scandic Hotels for its commitment to accessible design to provide a great guest experience for persons with disabilities.
- Independent initiative: Melia Roma of the Meliá Hotels International Group launched a campaign to raise awareness for workplace disability. In partnership with the AIPD (Italian Association for Down-Syndrome Carriers) the hotel provided three months of training to six individuals with Down-Syndrome to teach them the daily routine of the hotel. The training was filmed and developed into a six episode documentary called “Hotel 6 Stelle,” which was aired on television. Palmiro Noschese, Area Manager Italy at Melia Hotels International, accepted the award on behalf of Melia Hotels.
Other finalists for the independent initiative award include Costa Navarino’s Navarino Natura Hall for educating guests and locals about the region’s environmental issues and Steinberger Hotel Group, which has received sustainable certificates for providing guests with a green experience through recycling, water-saving and energy-saving upgrades and other offerings.
We’d like to congratulate both winning properties as well as the other properties that competed for the Diversey Care-sponsored awards. From educating guests about the importance of sustainability and workplace diversity to introducing renewable energy solutions, hotels today are coming up with creative ways to protect our planet.
To support properties’ sustainability goals, we offer solutions that improve laundry operations, ware washing and cleaning within restrooms, guest rooms and common areas. By reducing chemical waste, water use and making cleaning processes easier and more efficient, we’re allowing hotels to realize big savings and maintain guest satisfaction while limiting their impact on the environment.
For the full list of winners at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, visit www.hospitality-on.com/en/news/2014/11/17/winners-of-the-15th-edition-of-the-worldwide-hospitality-awards/.