Applications were invited from hotels of any size anywhere in the world and were judged on their initiatives to reduce energy and water consumption, their waste output, their roles as responsible businesses to their employees and in the local community, as well as looking at how they communicate their sustainable and responsible ethos to guests.
“We were delighted to receive applications this year from many hotels and their owners and managers who are thinking hard about how they can contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Reading them all has been wonderful. Every single hotel is deeply committed to doing their bit for people and planet, and many of them go above and beyond to have huge positive impacts for the communities and environments where they’re located.”
“The hotels we’re announcing today really exemplify best practice in sustainable and responsible business behaviour. ITP’s Goals focus on the four critical issues that will impact hotels’ bottom line, but which they also have the most power to positively influence: carbon, water, youth employment and human rights. It’s been immensely gratifying to see that hotels around the world are recognising their responsibilities and working for greater impacts by innovating for the environment, taking action on such sensitive issues as modern slavery, and creating solid trends on how to provide fair and meaningful employment for their staff. Congratulations to all our applicants for their initiatives and setting the bar on what a sustainable hotel looks like.”
Based in a small island atoll Six Senses Laamu takes giving back to its neighbours very seriously. It gives 0.5% of total revenues plus guest donations for sustainable development projects in the community, contributing to roofing for a school, construction materials for a mosque, aggregate for a harbour, lights for an airport, and metal for a waste management centre. It launched “Eku-Eky”, which means “together” in the local language of Dhievehi. The aim is to strengthen relationships with Laamu Atoll communities, work towards sustainable development and achieve long-term conservation strategies. It drives conservation and education in schools. It hosts a quarterly meeting of all local councils and stakeholders to discuss sustainable development and how the resort can assist local communities. It jointly organises an annual turtle festival which last year saw 1000 people commit against poaching. 67% of staff come from the Atoll.