NH Hoteles: 1st hotel chain in the world to receive GBTA gold medal in sustainability!

By Courtney Imel | 10:18

As you may already know, Corporate Social Responsibility is an important ascendant to NH Hoteles and we think it’s time to Wake Up to a Better World! We believe that every little bit counts when it comes to improving the environment and for that reason we are delighted and honored to announce that we have just been awarded the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Icarus Project Gold Medal in sustainability. It’s a prestigious international award for sustainable development initiatives and highlights our commitment to the environment. 

This proudly makes NH Hoteles the first hotel group in the world to obtain this accolade at the global level. The prize reflects the our ongoing investment in innovative sustainability measures as well as our continued work to integrate sustainability efforts into the environmental, social and economic dimensions of NH Hoteles’ everyday operations at our over 390 hotels around the world. 

In line with the vision, mission and values of the company, our strategy is to consolidate a culture of responsibility at all levels, which enables us to offer excellent sustainable services. Since embarking on our 2008-2012 Environmental Action Plan, NH Hoteles has undertaken a series of innovative sustainability initiatives which have enabled us to meet all of our targets -such as energy savings of 25%, water savings of 30% and reductions in carbon emissions and waste generation of 44% and 34%, just to name a few! 

One of the key specific factors for the GBTA awarding us this prize was due to the sustainable development initiatives offered by NH Hoteles in the business travel segment. We are committed to provide our guests with a series of products, including laundry bags, pens and the bathroom amenities made using a plastic additive that catalyses these materials’ natural degradation process. The towels in our guests’ rooms come with the ECOLABEL, the European environmentally-friendly seal that analyses a product’s impact on the environment throughout its entire life cycle. 

We are also thrilled to give guests the opportunity to contribute and to minimize their carbon footprints at all NH Hoteles and for that reason we offer the emissions calculator on our website where you can calculate the environmental impact of your trip.
Moreover, thanks to our Ecomeetingguests are given the opportunity to  plan or take part in meetings, events and conferences based on sustainable criteria and at the same time ensuring the respectful use of energy resources which include low environmental impact products. Did you know that thanks to this innovative initiative, NH Hoteles has offset over 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2012? 

Meanwhile, many NH Hoteles’ restaurants include incredibly enticing AntiOx breakfasts which include a range of organic foods to match its gourmet offering. These sumptuous breakfast items satisfy the demands of our most environmentally-conscious guests. To give you a morning boost, we also serve fair trade coffee, thereby contributing to social and economic development in depressed economies and guaranteeing compliance with ethical and environmentally-friendly agreements that are beneficial to both parties. If you haven’t tried it, discover the difference between starting the day and starting the day off well! 

Once again we are honored to have received the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Icarus Project Gold Medal in sustainability! If you would like to read more about NH Hoteles’ CSR and sustainability initiatives, visit our site

 

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