The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has become the first Founding Partner of Impact 2030: The Global Initiative for the Advancement of Corporate Volunteering.
Impact 2030 will be introduced at the United Nations on Friday, December 5, 2014 on “International Volunteer Day” where The Ritz-Carlton and the fellow Founding Partner companies will showcase the meaningful difference their employees are making locally, nationally and internationally through corporate volunteering.
Impact 2030 is a global private sector led collaboration created to mobilise corporate volunteers to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Initiative’s partner companies recognise that a commitment to corporate volunteering — when used in concert with the United Nations, peer companies, and philanthropic and nonprofit organisations — is a powerful tool to address critical social and environmental issues and inspire the private sector to positive action.The focus areas for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, are hunger and poverty relief; child well-being; and environmental responsibility, and are key components of the company’s culture of corporate social responsibility.
“Through Impact 2030, the power of many will be the force that will allow us to make a significant impact,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
“In communities where we do business, we will be collaborating with corporate partners and other stakeholders to help address critical issues”. He is joined at the United Nations on International Volunteer Day by Sue Stephenson, the company’s vice president of community footprints and Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee for Impact 2030, to recognise and celebrate the dedication and impact being made by Ritz-Carlton employee volunteers.
On the day, the Community Footprints teams at The Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the globe will participate in volunteer activities in their communities. Through the combined efforts of all of the Ladies and Gentlemen, the Community Footprints teams will reach out to 100 communities in 28 countries and territories throughout the world on this day.
A sample of the Community Footprints projects that The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen are participating in with their local partner community organisations on International Volunteer Day include:
At The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, planting and helping conserve the Ghaf tree, a rare desert plant species of culture and ecological significance.
At The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, volunteering to renovate FamilyHouse, a centre supporting children and families in a low-income community in the cancer treatment and recovery process.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, preparing and distributing over 1,200 lunch boxes in support of Hong Chi Association, a non-profit organisation in Hong Kong that helps people of all ages with intellectual disabilities and their families.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, the hotel’s Ladies and Gentlemen will host interview skills classes for young students at Bildungswerk-Kreuzberg, helping them improve their social skills and guide them through mock interviews.
At The Ritz-Carlton Corporate Office in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team will participate in a Succeed Through Service literacy coach program to help the young students at Cardozo Education Campus improve their reading skills.