Net zero, diversity in the company, and community support are among the latest sustainability targets Radisson Hotel Group has outlined and aligned with its strategic five-year plan.
Its sustainability efforts are guided by three responsible business pillars of Think People, Think Community, and Think Planet.
Under the Think Planet banner, the group will build on its heritage of sustainability by committing to set science-based emission reduction targets, and strengthen its performance with a net zero carbon future in sight by 2050.
The group will be part of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and will join the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign as part of an important, globally coordinated effort to reach the goal of net zero.
Under the Think People banner, the group will maintain its focus on the health, safety and security of its team members, guests, and business partners. It has also reaffirmed its ongoing focus on human rights, business ethics, and diversity in hotels worldwide by issuing its sixth slavery and human trafficking statement and by increasing the number of women in leadership roles to 29 per cent.
The group continues to expand its online Learning and Development initiatives in partnership with hospitality training provider, Typsy. Training hours was increased by 120 per cent in 2021 over 2020.
Under the Think Community banner, the company remains supportive of the communities where it works and operates. Team members have volunteered more than 26,500 hours and donated more than 510,000 euros (US$) to charitable causes, including SOS Children’s Villages and Just A Drop. The group has supported 12 environmental and social carbon offsetting projects in China, India, Peru, the US, Turkey, and Borneo through its 100% Carbon Neutral Meetings initiative.
Beyond the three pillars, Radisson Hotel Group is playing a key role in the development of the Hotel Sustainability Basics in cooperation with the WTTC. The objective of the initiative is to create consistency across the industry and provide clear-to-recognise, easy-to-implement, and meaningful steps to improve sustainability at any given hotel. The Basics Framework will raise the global starting level of hotel sustainability in a transparent and easy-to-understand manner for all travellers and stakeholders.
“Our world needs responsible businesses now more than ever, and we need to accelerate global climate action by 2030 in order to ensure a livable future for both our people and our planet,” said Inge Huijbrechts, global senior vice president sustainability, security and corporate communications.
“We are proud to be playing a leadership role in the development of the Hotel Sustainability Basics, which will launch later this year to establish a common industry framework to grow sustainable travel. Together with our new Build Planet guidelines to develop sustainable hotel asset portfolios, these are essential step-changes that need to be made on the route to net zero,” Huijbrechts added.