Posted by: consulting27 | April 29, 2013

Whole World Water Launched

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The WHOLE WORLD Water campaign was launched yesterday at Soneva Fushi’s sandbank.

What started as an idea at the 2011 SLOW LIFE Symposium at Soneva Fushi is now a reality.

Simple idea
The idea was grand, yet simple: To join the hospitality industry to follow Soneva Fushi’s lead by banning imported drinking water, bottle its own in re-usable glass bottles and sharing parts of the revenue generated to help people without either safe drinking water or basic sanitation get it.

Soneva Fushi has, together with it’s sister properties through the SLOW LIFE Foundation, in just over three years helped over 600,000 people get access to safe drinking water or basic sanitation in over 50 countries. In doing so Soneva Fushi alone has avoided approximately 400,000 plastic bottles ending up in landfill. At the same time the luxury resort has had mainly positive feedback from guests.

With this experience, the campaign was…

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Scandic Hotels Receives Award For Its Environmental Work – Press Releases on CSRwire.com.

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12 /CSRwire/ – A leading showcase for the most powerful corporate social responsibility and green initiatives has named MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) a winner for its annual awards program in the category of Overall Leader in CSR Practices – more than 10,000 employees.

Competing alongside Coca-Cola Enterprises, which also was honored, Disney and UPS, MGM Resorts is the first company in the gaming industry to earn a PR News CSR Award.

MGM CSR“It is truly an honor to receive the PR News CSR Award and be recognized among so many other great leaders in corporate social responsibility,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We earnestly believe that the health of our company is directly linked to the welfare of the communities in which we operate, and so we make it a business imperative to be a leader in all forms of corporate social responsibility.”

Winners of the PR News CSR Awards were chosen by an expert panel that evaluated entries submitted by organizations participating in the awards competition. The judging criteria included: creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes. Furthermore, organizations were judged according to the alignment of their strategic objectives with their end goals and proven success.

Since the company’s founding, MGM Resorts has shown a powerful commitment to the fundamental principle of social responsibility. The three major initiatives comprising MGM Resorts’ social responsibility efforts are: Diversity & Inclusion, Philanthropy & Community Engagement, and Environmental Sustainability. Program highlights include:

Diversity & Inclusion

  • MGM Resorts was the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to voluntarily adopt a formal diversity and inclusion policy.
  • MGM Resorts has increased and maintained the overall representation of women (more than 40%) and minorities (more than 30%) in the diversity profile of its management team for more than half of the past decade.
  • Since 2001, through its Supplier and Construction Diversity programs, MGM Resorts has spent a cumulative total of nearly $3 billion with MWDBE suppliers and contractors (i.e., minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises).

Philanthropy & Community Engagement

  • Since its founding in 2002 to 2012, the employee-driven MGM Resorts Foundation has donated almost $50 million to nonprofit organizations for the betterment of American communities.
  • In 2011, the corporate giving program contributed to a combined total of more than 500 nonprofit agencies in Nevada, Michigan and Mississippi.
  • MGM Resorts’ donation in 2012 of more than 189 tons of canned food to Three Square, the leading Las Vegas food bank, earned the distinction of the largest single company donation in the nonprofit organization’s history for the third year in a row.
  • In 2012, MGM Resorts employees logged more than 113,000 volunteer hours and helped more than 850 charitable organizations meet community needs.

Environmental Responsibility

  • At more than 18 million square feet, CityCenter is the largest LEED ® Gold certified development in the world.
  • MGM Resorts has reduced electricity consumption by 125 million kWh per year, enough to power 10,850 homes each year.
  • The company has increased its recycling rate by more than 420% in four years.
  • MGM Resorts has reduced water usage by 500 million gallons per year, enough to fill more than 750 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  • Fifteen company resorts have achieved the prestigious Green Key rating for environmental conservation from the largest sustainable operations certification body in the world, Green Key Global.

For more information about MGM Resorts International’s commitment to social responsibility, please visit:http://www.mgmresorts.com/offers/2012/07_annualcorporatesocialresponsibilityreport/index.html

To learn more about the 2013 PR News CSR Awards and for a complete list of award winners, please visit: http://www.prnewsonline.com/CSRawardwinners2013/

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. MGM has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties and has 50% investments in three other properties including CityCenter, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM also has a 51% interest in MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a resort on Cotai. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and ttmanagement agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world.

Posted by: consulting27 | January 22, 2013

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Whole World WaterThe Whole World Water campaign web-site in now live.

The Whole World Water campaign is due to be launched 22 March in celebration of World Water Day.

The campaign aims to unite the hospitality industry by banning imported water, producing its own and contribute 10% of water revenue through the Whole World Water Fund to projects that provide safe drinking water or basic sanitation to people without access.

The campaign build on the success of Soneva resorts experience of it Soneva Wellenss Water initiative and Clean Water Projects, which in only three years have helped over 600,000 people. The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust has provided seed funding to get the Whole World Water campaign established.

The Whole World Water campaign web-site is: www.wholeworldwater.co

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Posted by: consulting27 | January 16, 2013

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Soneva Sustainability Report 2011-12Soneva presents its Sustainability Report for 2011-12.

Soneva Resorts reports they have made some positive progress during the year. Its waste management has been turned into a carbon sink through extensive recycling and composting efforts.

Soneva will continue to work on improving our sustainability practices and make a positive impact in the communities in which they operate.

To read Soneva Sustainability Report 2011-12, download it here.

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Posted by: consulting27 | January 16, 2013

Virgin, Ritz-Carlton to Bottle Own Water

Virgin, Ritz-Carlton to Bottle Own Water

Hospitality brands including Virgin Hotels and Ritz Carlton have signed up to the Whole World Water initiative, through which they will filter, bottle and sell their own water.

The spas, hotels, resorts and restaurants that join the program will then contribute 10 percent of the bottled water proceeds to the Whole World Water Fund, which benefits clean and safe water programs around the world.

A bottle created by world renowned product designer Yves Behar and fuseproject (pictured) will serve as an icon for the campaign, and climate development projects specialists ClimateCare will manage the fund.

The complete list of signatories from the hospitality industry is as follows: Soneva, Six Senses, Virgin Limited Edition, Virgin Hotels, Banyan Tree, Auberge du Soleil, Tao Restaurant Group, The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts, Dusit Hotels and Resorts, JetWing Hotels, and The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu.

Virgin group founder Richard Branson said the program’s model reduces shipping pollution as well as financial and environmental costs.

Whole World Water was inspired by the experience of Soneva Resorts, Residences and Spas. Since 2008, Soneva resorts have banned imported water in favor of bottling their own filtered water. Soneva has contributed these revenues to clean drinking water initiatives whose work has brought water access to over 600,000 people. The initial seed capital for the fund was provided by Soneva’s Slow Life Trust.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly a billion individuals worldwide do not have access to safe water and close to 3.6 million people die each year from water-related causes. Partners in the program estimate that with scale, the hospitality and tourism industry can contribute $1 billion per year or more towards improving global access to clean drinking water.

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/01/16/virgin-ritz-carlton-to-bottle-own-water/

Colorado Convention Center First to Achieve New International Standard Certification – Press Releases on CSRwire.com.

Posted by: consulting27 | December 4, 2012

http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4058707.html

http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4058707.html.

New Sustainability Criteria for Destinations: Public Consultation Phase Two.

Posted by: consulting27 | November 26, 2012

Do hotels need to green up, make their guests happy and healthy?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/uk-hotels-green-idUKLNE8AL00W20121122?goback=%2Egde_1121967_member_189245260

 

 

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