IHG’s Six Senses Goes a Step Further on Being Green Among Hotel

October 10, 2019

Ask Guy Heywood how he got the hotel owner to support the green business. The chief operating officer of the Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas in Bangkok responded by “finding the right owner”.

One way for a chain to do this is to embed a clause in the management contract that stipulates that 0.5% of the income must be used for the sustainability fund.

It is believed that no other chain of companies will force owners to leave a certain percentage of their income to sustainable development.

Another unprecedented move is that the chain has set a goal of completely plastic-free from 2022, which means not only eliminating disposable fruits such as disposable plastic straws and plastic water bottles, but also eliminating all plastics on it. . Corporate office and hotel.

If IHG intends to draw a sum from the Green Paper of Six Good, Skift contacted him, CEO Keith Barr said: “We have worked closely with the Six Good Teams to understand their practices over time. Going by, we will consider any ideas, we can work closely with our third party owners to expand and promote in our 5,700 hotels.”

Mutually exclusive
At the Sustainable Tourism Forum in Phuket last week, Six Senses’s Heywood said in an interview with Skift that the group rejected the contract that the owners did not agree to return 0.5% of their income to the community.

“If you have this in your contract, you only need to exclude some owners who are not interested. Those who are interested come to us and represent our position; they know that sustainability and health are our main pillars. In announcing the chain, he said: “This is not something we have to do, but sustainable development. this is us.

“We discussed our values ​​and key terms in advance. When we entered the contract phase, they already knew that this was a key element. Most owners are very satisfied with this.”

This amount will be returned directly to the hotel to give back to the community in which it is located. As part of the chain’s mission, “If we don’t care first about the people, families and communities we belong to, we can’t hope to care about you.” It can be used for projects such as learning and education. Six good activities are carried out in many remote areas, where educational opportunities often pose challenges for women, children and young people.

Or, provide funding and resources for emergency relief or public institutions that are in urgent need of renovation. In addition, you can use the expertise of chain stores to filter and bottle your own premium drinking water, provide important medical equipment to local hospitals, such as incubators for premature babies, or provide clean water to local communities.

The hotel will select the reasons based on local conditions. In addition, each Six Senses hotel has a full-time sustainability manager who oversees the Green Initiative. The chain also has a three-person sustainability team in the company office. The headquarters in Bangkok will be approved before the project is implemented.

Last year, the fund, which included 100% plush toy sales and donations and 50% bottled water sales, sponsored $635,000 to improve the quality of life in the community.

This funding is separate from the operating expenses of the Six Senses Hotel as part of its operating costs as part of the chain’s required sustainability efforts, such as adhering to the policy of “Born but not Flying”, ie the hotel hosting organic gardens. Chicken and so on. Haywood said that farms and beehives are used to harvest honey and make soap and charcoal candles themselves.

The chain said it had planted 72,000 kilograms of organic fruits and vegetables at the hotel last year. It pointed out in places like Bhutan that it also represents an investment in the future of Bhutan’s agriculture.

Bhutanese traditional cuisine features local cheeses, vegetables and spices, but also imports a large amount of dairy products, protein and cereals. In order to reinvest in local agriculture, Bhutan Six Good Hotel is planting dozens of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in an ecological village in Damchena near the Paro Hotel, where new crops and best farming methods are introduced.