Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of the broader commitment of the Rezidor Hotel Group to sustainable development for many years. In 2001, this commitment was fortified and placed within the scope of a programme called Responsible Business (RB). Each hotel has a unique RB Action Plan covering areas such as community outreach, environmental improvement, employee well-being and health and safety.
The hotels are engaged with both local charity groups and the Rezidor Hotel Group corporate international charity organisation, the World Childhood Foundation. The mission of Childhood is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.
Taking the work with Responsible Business one step further, Rezidor has launched a group-wide energy-saving initiative: The ambitious and pro-active programme Think Planet that targets an energy consumption reduction of 25% by the year 2016 in all Rezidor hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In hotel operations, Think Planet focuses on creating smart energy habits, such as switching off lights and equipment, turning heating and cooling to eco-mode and reporting energy related issues that request attention and preventive maintenance. The basic Think Planet tools are simple and low-cost solutions, including daylight and motion sensors for lighting, condensation water recuperation from air-conditioning and alarms on freezers. Considerable investments are made to completely move to energy-efficient lighting in all hotels, install variable extraction systems in the kitchens and optimize building management systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioner installations.
RB accomplishments include: