Through our partnership with Just a Drop we are able to help give children around the world access to safe drinking water. We have implemented a towel reuse program where guests are asked to reuse their towels and forego housekeeping. For every towel reused we make a donation to Just a Drop. Over 28,000 people across Just a Drop projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru and India now have access to safe drinking water thanks to our partnership.
Over 7 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. Often these children live in communities who need soap but have no access to it. Soap for Hope is a soap recycling initiative in partnership with one of our suppliers, Diversey. With Soap for Hope, unfinished bars of soap are reprocessed locally using an innovative cold-press method, which requires no running water or electricity. Soap bars are then donated to the local community for free, helping disease prevention.
Radisson Hotel Group is recognized by EcoVadis with the Silver award for sustainable supply chain practices. EcoVadis aims to improve environmental and social practices of companies by leveraging the influence of global supply chains. The Silver recognition places us among the top 30% EcoVadis performers.
Radisson Hotel Group is an active member of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance. In October 2020 the International Tourism Partnership was relaunched as the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a nonprofit membership organization representing 25% of the hotel industry with a reach of more than 4 million rooms.
The Alliance offers a huge opportunity to drive the industry and allow members to accelerate our impact on key sustainability topics in the hospitality industry. Radisson Hotel Group works with the Alliance and senior executives from other leading hospitality companies to address challenges, share expertise and develop practical solutions to enable the industry to operate responsibly and grow sustainably.
The youth employment program of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance is an education and employability program offered to unemployed youth with limited socio-economic opportunities. The youth employment program works with young people who are unlikely to have a viable route into legitimate employment or be able to improve their situation without external help. The program provides students with transferable life and work skills that improve their employment opportunities, as well as empowering them to make informed career choices and positive life decisions. It has an 85% success rate of graduates moving on to employment at Radisson Hotel Group or another company or further education.
In 2009 Radisson Hotel Group became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, embracing its ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Signatories take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.
The UN CEO Water Mandate aims to mobilize a critical mass of business leaders to advance corporate water stewardship. Radisson Hotel Group was the first hospitality company to sign the UN CEO Water Mandate in 2014. Through the UN CEO Water Mandate, organizations work on six areas of water stewardship: direct operations, supply chain, collective action, public policy, community engagement, and transparency.
The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct is the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children. The Code is a joint venture between the tourism private sector and ECPAT.
Radisson Hotel Group endorses The Code and is a proud member of ECPAT-USA.
External confirmation of our hotels’ environment performance is essential to our business. Eco-labels provide us an independent third-party audit of each hotel’s practices and action to protect our planet. Radisson Hotel Group partners with global ecolabels, recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, such as Green Key and EarthCheck, which audit hotel performance.
Through its partnership with Safehotels, Radisson Hotel Group is the first major international hotel group using the acclaimed independent certification program to benefit guests, employees and owners. It is a crucial distinction for both business or leisure guests, and for all types of organizations and companies planning an event or a conference with a hotel.
Radisson Hotel Group is one of the founding members of the Hotel Security Working Group (HSWG) at the US State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). The Working Group exchanges information on potential threats, conducts joint training sessions annually, and enables members to monitor emerging threats. Radisson Hotel Group continues to be one of the leading members of the HSWG.