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We believe that travel can be a force for good. We see our hotels as a global network of inspiring, forward-thinking spaces that make a positive impact on their surroundings, connect travelers to local communities, and enact gentler ways to move in the world. We aspire to help our Community—our readers, travelers, hotels, and the people who make them—find more meaning from their travels and pave the way towards a more conscious future.

We created 10 Conscious Hotel Principles to measure our progress as we move towards more environmentally and socially minded practices.

 

It’s no secret that the hospitality and travel industries guzzle a significant amount of natural resources. Adopting environmentally sustainable practices can help conserve these precious resources and minimize their loss.

Our ten Principles—based on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria and the UN Sustainable Development Goals—attempt to quantify the attributes of a responsible hotel.

We use these principles to assess hotel applicants, to discern where our hotels could use assistance, consultancy, or partners, and to share their stories. They are evaluated by our Design Hotels Conscious Committee. To be part of Design Hotels, hotels must meet a minimum of 5/10 principles. Hotels that meet 7/10 are listed on our website as Conscious Hotels.

Architecture

Architecture

Honoring natural and cultural heritage during construction. Making intelligent use of renewable building materials, the natural environment, and existing architectural heritage to create spaces that are respectful, inspired, and welcoming.

Waste

Waste

Using recycled materials when possible and thoughtfully disposing of waste. Minimizing waste across all levels—including construction, housekeeping, and food and beverage— through sourcing sustainable materials and mindfully disposing of what is no longer needed.

Energy

Energy

Conserving energy through renewable sources and conservation practices. Lowering energy use through renewable sources and green solutions, such as solar panels, LED lighting, efficient appliances, and more.

Water

Water

Minimizing water waste and offering access to clean water. Conserving water through more efficient fixtures and features, such as water-saving taps and eco-friendly swimming pools, and offering guests and employees easy access to clean drinking water and reusable vessels.

Products

Products & Produce

Prioritizing local products and ingredients. Supporting the local community and reducing the carbon footprint by purchasing local food and beverage ingredients, textiles, handicrafts, and other products whenever possible.

Culture

Culture

Adding value to the cultural conversation. Respectfully engaging with the local community to learn, educate, and create spaces that act as cultural hubs for residents as well as travelers.

Recreation

Recreation

Promoting mindful and sustainable recreational experiences for guests. Offering sustainable and enriching activities that encourage a deeper connection with the natural environment, the surrounding community, and local partners.

Accessability

Accessibility

Adaptable facilities so that spaces are inclusive for all guests, including differently abled. Appropriate training for staff. Encourage sustainable transportation methods & offering environmentally-friendly means of transport or partnering with relevant companies to do so.

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Healthy Workplace

Offering a workplace where employees can thrive. Hiring locally where possible. Build a team that prioritizes gender, religious, and racial diversity. Foster an environment where staff can excel through fair pay, access to education, career development, well-being practices, and an inclusive working environment.

Communication

Measure & Communication

Being transparent about the journey towards a more sustainable future. Communicating to guests ways to support the hotels’ environmental efforts during their stay. Aiming to measure the carbon footprint of the hotel, and set measurable targets.

“When hotels see sustainability is in their best interest, there will be greater commitment. Education around enlightened self interest is the best way to combat this.”

Paul Salmon, Rockhouse Hotel

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Tribe Hotel

“Tribe was conceived from the simple belief that we coexist on a single planet and there is only one Tribe that matters: humankind.”

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“We aim to use less plastic, create less waste, save water, support the local community, and have diversity in our team.”

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“Our primary aspiration is to strengthen Georgian representation, which includes urban transformation, philanthropy, and inclusivity.”

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Tribe Hotel

“Tribe was conceived from the simple belief that we coexist on a single planet and there is only one Tribe that matters: humankind.”

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Hotel Pacai

“We aim to use less plastic, create less waste, save water, support the local community, and have diversity in our team.”

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Stamba Hotel

“Our primary aspiration is to strengthen Georgian representation, which includes urban transformation, philanthropy, and inclusivity.”

Our Intentions at Home

While we work to inspire our hotels to meet new environmental and social standards, we also strive to improve ourselves internally, too.

This means prioritizing a collaborative approach with our community, working with an ever-growing network of creatives and experts across a range of fields.

It means regularly hosting round-table discussions, dinners, sessions, and more—at our Berlin headquarters and wherever else we pop up in the world, to engage with people, to contemplate, and to challenge our perspective.

It means a yearly company audit report, creating new goals and rewards for responsible work travel, offering more robust employee education around sustainable practices, ongoing flexible work arrangements, and giving our staff one day per year to participate in a social or environmental initiative.

Our efforts to be more inclusive include training and education programs, regular Lunch and Learns on a varied range of topics, and regular workshops with our Impact Team.

We don’t always get the answers right, but we always aim to do better.

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Tools for the Road

  • 1

    Offset your carbon emissions Calculate the carbon footprint of your flight and make a donation via MyClimate. Calculate

  • 2

    Travel on two wheels Use Spinlister to rent bikes from owners all over the world, consume less, and save money. Rent a bike

  • 3

    Move like the locals Download HopStop to easily navigate a city’s public transit system, cutting down on emissions from taxis. Download

Tools for the Road

Greenbox1 Carbon
1

Offset your carbon emissions Calculate the carbon footprint of your flight and make a donation via MyClimate. Calculate

Greenbox2 Splinlister
2

Travel on two wheels Use Spinlister to rent bikes from owners all over the world, consume less, and save money. Rent a bike

Greenbox3 Hopstop
3

Move like the locals Download HopStop to easily navigate a city’s public transit system, cutting down on emissions from taxis. Download

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