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NH Hoteles has been awarded another prestigious accolade for its environmental excellence and innovation on the sustainability front. The Company has just received the Green Supplier Award, one of the awards developed by IMEX and GMIC (Green Meeting Industry Council) to acknowledge the sustainability practices pursued by major companies in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) segment.
NH Hoteles was awarded the Gold prize, the highest distinction possible. Marteen Markus, Country Head for Central Europe, Benelux, France, the UK and Africa at NH Hoteles comments:
This Green Supplier Award fills us with pride and reaffirms the company in its sustainable development pledge. NH Hoteles is unwaveringly committed to delivering excellence and sustainable innovation. These qualities are strategic cornerstones of our business development and are increasingly demanded and valued in the MICE segment.
The IMEX Awards were developed to recognise the individual and corporate initiatives that have contributed most to development of the meeting, congress and event sector. Within these awards are the IMEX Green Awards, developed in conjunction with GMIC, which recognise the efforts made by companies to reduce their environmental and social impacts. There are four categories of IMEX Green Awards: the Commitment to the Community, Green Meetings, Green Exhibitor and Green Supplier Awards, the prize won by NH Hoteles.
The Double Tree Hotel Portland, Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre are some of the companies to have won this prize in the past. This year’s prize-giving ceremony took place in Frankfurt during the gala dinner held to mark IMEX 2013, the premier worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events that takes place annually in this German city.
Since embarking on its 2008-2012 Environmental Action Plan, NH Hoteles has undertaken a series of innovative sustainability initiatives which have enabled it to deliver all its targets - namely energy savings of 25%, water savings of 30% and reductions in CO2 emissions and waste generation of 44% and 34%, respectively.
One of the factors swaying the award organisers in awarding this prize was the sustainable development initiatives offered by NH Hoteles in the business travel segment. The Group provides its clients with a series of products, including laundry bags, biros and bathroom amenities made using a plastic additive that catalyses these materials’ natural degradation process. The towels in the hotel chain’s guest rooms come with the ECOLABEL, the European environmentally-friendly seal that guarantees life-cycle analysis of a product’s impact on the environment.
Elsewhere, all NH Hoteles guests that want to minimise the carbon footprint generated by their travels and stays at the hotels can do so by using the CO2 emissions calculator hosted on the chain’s corporate website. In addition, the company offers its clients an Eco-meeting option by which they can request meeting rooms that use all manner of environmental materials and offset, if they so wish, the carbon footprint generated by their events. Thanks to this innovative initiative, the Group offset over 2,000 tonnes of emissions in 2012.
Meanwhile, NH Hoteles’ restaurant business has added a range of organic foods to its gourmet offering with its ‘anti-ox’ breakfasts. These products satisfy the demands of the Group’s most environmentally- and health-conscious guests and diners.
Thanks to all of these initiatives, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently awarded NH Hoteles its Gold Medal for the Icarus Project, acknowledging the chain’s sustainable development initiatives and environmental pledge. NH Hoteles was also the only Spanish company added to the prestigious London Stock Exchange FTSE4Good index, which tracks the socially-responsible investing records of companies worldwide.
NH Hoteles is a member of the International Tourism Partnership