Luxury hotel group, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) recently spoke with environmental certification group EarthCheck to outline their approach to environmental and social initiatives and forward planning for corporate and social responsibility (CSR) and environmental sustainability.
HSH recently produced their sustainability report, which is the culmination of 15 months of work, and documents their social and environmental initiatives.
“The HSH philosophy towards sustainability centres on business sustainability. We aspire to deliver the highest standard of luxury in a sustainable way as encapsulated in our Vision 2020,” said Natalie Chan, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at HSH.
“We want to integrate sustainability principles and practices into our day-to-day operation and are working hard on many sustainability initiatives across different areas in the organisation. They range from broad governance initiatives – which include a corporate responsibility budget planner to ensure resources are put in place for sustainability programmes during the annual budget process – to individual initiatives.”
One of the initiatives introduced at the Peninsula Tokyo is a water filtration system using silica particles found in volcanic rock in Japan. The use of silica saves the hotel around 5,000 bathtubs of water in one year.
HSH sees sustainability incorporated into the groups approach to luxury, creating a new paradigm of sustainable luxury.
HSH’s Vision 2020 for sustainable luxury aims to lead the hotel industry and provide inspiration for others in sustainable practice. HSH was the first international hotel group to ban shark fin from all of their sites, a policy that’s been enforced sine the beginning of 2012.