Environmental & Social Sustainability Policy

Design Hotels™ Global Head Office

For a long time it seemed that being environmentally proactive began and ended with placing a bumper sticker on our car. But today things are different. Being proactive means “doing,” not just “talking.” We at Design Hotels™ consider sustainability – both environmentally and socially – to be one of the most important issues of our time. And like others in the world community, be they business leaders or everyday citizens, we look to set an example.

For this reason Design Hotels™ has proudly partnered with EarthCheck, a world leading sustainability benchmarking and certification provider in the hospitality arena. We bring the passion; EarthCheck brings the science and the know-how. Through EarthCheck’s guidance we can incorporate new best practices that put us at the forefront of sustainability. After all, we recognize that the facilities, services, activities and products of our global head office have the potential for negative impacts on the environment and community if not properly managed. As such we are implementing an Environmental Action Plan that meets the requirements of the EarthCheck Company Standard.

What does such a plan look like? Our team now strives to minimize Design Hotels’™ footprint on the environment by implementing sustainable initiatives aimed at improving the office’s performance, reducing the use of energy and water and our production of waste, as well as providing relevant social support within our community. We comply with all relevant legislation and regulations with the goal of achieving international best practices. And to make sure we are doing all we can, we have established a "Green Team" which is responsible for improvement of our Global Head Office’s sustainability performance. This means that we subject ourselves to annual Benchmarking Assessments that help us not only meet our sustainability objectives but continually improve them in clear, measurable ways.

Doing the right thing for the environment and immediate communities means a lot more than financial donations and minimizing energy usage. It can mean giving special consideration to hiring local contractors; eliminating plastic bottle use entirely; helping out at refugee centers; thinking of innovative ways to recycle office waste; and that sustainable products & services are be sourced locally in accordance with Fair Trade principles whenever possible.

But beyond this, as a leader in the hospitality arena we encourage our staff to present our environmental and sustainability commitment to all key stakeholders, including clients, suppliers, and contractors. This means that not only do we act in a way that best protects the environment, but we also set an example for our many independently owned hotels to do the same, even providing them with hands-on guidance and services that enables them to minimize their footprint on the planet as well, while also supporting their local communities – together as one.

Like you, we at Design Hotels™ care about the world we live in. We are proud to be doing all that we can, proud to be a part of the sustainability solution.

Design Hotels™ represents and markets a curated selection of over 270 independent hotels in 50 countries across the globe. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. The Design Hotels™ Corporate Headquarters occupy the top 2 floors of a converted historic warehouse in Berlin's bustling district of Friedrichshain on the banks of the river Spree.

Design Hotels™ Green Team

The Design Hotels™ Green Team aims to go beyond the sustainability standards of the hospitality industry by implementing innovative and sustainable solutions at our offices, providing meaningful information for colleagues to help protect the environment and supporting our local community.

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