Five hotel companies in India that take CSR seriously
The hospitality industry is undergoing a change in the way it approaches corporate social responsibility, more so when it comes to environmental sustainability. All major hotel companies in India are going the extra mile to minimize their carbon footprint. Many extend a generous hand to the communities where their hotels and resorts are located.
These five hotel companies in India are giving major goals to others in the hospitality industry when it comes to CSR and sustainability.
1. ITC Hotels
Flowing from the ITC Group’s sustainable development approach in all commercial operations with particular emphasis on carbon reduction, ITC Hotels activity has pioneered the concept of responsible luxury in all of its super-premium luxury hotels. Responsible Luxury has set new benchmarks for responsible hotels. From optimizing the use of natural light to meeting their electricity demand through wind and solar energy; conserving water by collecting rainwater and treating and recycling gray water and achieving zero waste generation status by reducing, reusing and recycling the solid waste generated, all efforts are made to preserve the ecosystem that surrounded.
All ITC super premium luxury hotels are LEED® Platinum certified. More than 60% of the total electrical energy demand is met by renewable energy sources, namely wind and solar. 100% of wastewater is either treated or recycled. There has been a 50% reduction in water consumption over the past 5 years. Over 99% of solid waste is either reused or recycled.
At the same time, equal importance is placed on sustainable sourcing – whether in terms of the building materials used or edible products, a significant part is sourced locally. Over 30% of the edible ingredients are sourced locally. About 50% of the stationery is either locally sourced or FSC certified; 20% of the materials used in the new hotels come from the region.
2. Hotel Leela Venture
Since its inception, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, part of Hotel Leela Venture Limited, has focused on ‘greening’ by converting the arid lands on which 5-star hotels are built into lush areas for the benefit of surrounding communities, further reducing energy and water consumption and responsible waste management while limiting carbon emissions and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment. Captain CP Krishnan Nair, founder of Leela, has received numerous international and national awards for his initiatives in favor of environmental conservation.
Even before corporate social responsibility took center stage in the philosophy of all major corporations, The Leela Mumbai had left its mark on responsible growth by developing large tracts of urban property with over 6,000 coconut palms and thousands of trees to beautify and purify the air. Even before the elevated access road from Sahar to the international terminus (airport T2) was constructed from the Western Express highway, the group took on the task of cleaning up and transforming the uneven access roads to the airport with organically grown dense foliage trees, making it easier for thousands of people who have accessed the international airport.
The hotel group’s ecological awareness goes beyond mere aesthetics: it uses biodegradable detergents in its properties, avoids plastic and exercises strict controls on the use of electricity, water, heating and heating. lighting. The group has also been recognized for its green building standards which have obtained LEED Platinum certifications from the US Green Building Council. Leela Palace New Delhi and Leela Palace Chennai have both achieved LEED Platinum certification. Then-President Pranab Mukherjee awarded the 2012 National Energy Conservation Award to Leela Palace Bangalore for its significant contribution to energy conservation.
3. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL)
Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) owns iconic hotel brands such as Taj Hotels, Ginger, Vivanta and amã Stays & Trails. IHCL has championed the cause of the qualification of less privileged young people in the country for more than a decade; well before the start of mandatory CSR spending.
The IHCL CSR has trained and certified more than 20,000 young people from underserved communities. They support over 60 traditional silk weavers and 6 social impact organizations across the Taj value chain. They currently operate 14 Taj-Tata STRIVE vocational training centers and 15 hotels offering the Golden Threshold program in partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) – providing pro bono vocational training to target communities; 3 heritage sites supported; 1600 kg of used soap donated to Diversey’s recycling initiative. IHCL hotels support local neighborhoods through needs-based activities and have enabled the indirect employment of more than 100 artisans and members of cultural troupes.
The Taj Public Service Welfare Trust (TPSWT) was created in December 2008, in the aftermath of the Bombay attacks. Inspired by the resilience of survivors and the courage of those who came to their aid, their goal is to reach those affected by disasters, both man-made and natural, with support to rebuild their lives.
IHCL hotels located in environmentally sensitive areas near natural parks, forests and fragile coastlines are built with local materials and an environmentally friendly design. Through CSR projects for turtle conservation and coral reef restoration, they give hotel guests the opportunity to participate in preserving the natural beauty of the places they visit.
4. The hotels in the park
Park Hotels have embraced the humanistic definition of sustainability: that reconnecting with a healthy, meaningful and productive quality of life for humans is now the path to more holistic sustainability, in a more abundant future. As a policy, all hotels undertake eco-activities in daily operations such as recycling, energy conservation, and chemical-free food offerings. A great impetus is given to local craftsmanship in the design of hotels and items sold at The Box, the boutique of The Park Hotels.
The hospitality major believes in maintaining history, linking the contemporary to the traditional. The Park Hotels entered into an agreement in 2000 with the Archaeological Survey of India and the National Culture Fund to preserve and maintain the iconic Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory and its surroundings. Beautiful landscaping is laid out around the structure, and a coherent information signage system explains the yantras (or instruments) and their unique functioning has been implemented on the site. Mood lighting and adjective amenities have been added to make the site an attraction for tourists, or simply a quiet place for contemplation and reflection in the hustle and bustle of New Delhi.
Park Hotels strive to serve the community, which is the hallmark of good corporate citizenship. Following a vision of social responsibility and growth, they channel resources into partnerships with several NGOs, serving social responsibilities in the areas of disability, children, youth, women, health, crafts, arts, heritage conservation, education and development. Educational programs with orphanages and youth awareness campaigns, such as drug campaigns involving employee volunteers, support future generations. Initiatives with hospitals, blood donation camps and the urban poor generate solutions to health and societal challenges. Planting saplings, cleanliness campaigns and awareness raising are a big part of the hotels green initiatives.
5. Oberoi Hotels
The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, currently operates 33 hotels, two Nile cruise ships and a motor boat in the Kerala backwaters. The Oberoi group with SOS Children’s Villages provides education and education for 210 parentless, homeless or abandoned children living in SOS Children’s Villages of Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur and Kolkata. The Oberoi group also sponsors higher education through bachelor’s programs for 61 young people in various vocational institutes. Team members from the hotels and business units of the Oberoi Group are also actively engaged with the children of SOS Children’s Villages and help drive a number of initiatives around learning, fun and play.
With the aim of increasing its sustainable development initiatives, the Oberoi group signed a memorandum of understanding with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a 4 PSU joint venture under the Ministry of Energy in April 2021. As part of the framework of the partnership, EESL, through its national network, will work with all hotels in the Oberoi group to assess opportunities for energy savings and emission reductions. Additionally, as part of the Oberoi Group’s sustainability efforts, tailor-made energy efficiency initiatives for each of their hotels and resorts will be executed. Potential energy efficiency measures will include lighting, electric motors and pumps, air conditioning, ventilation systems, indoor air quality systems and electric vehicles as well as charging infrastructure.