Impressive waste and water reduction achieved by Hilton Worldwide

Hilton CR report

Hilton CR report

Hilton Worldwide have released their 2013 corporate responsibility (CR) report and revealed impressive reductions in waste and water use – ahead of target.

The hotel group set targets to reduce water consumption across their 4,000 global properties by 10% and to reduce waste by 20% in five years, and achieved these goals one and two years early respectively by 2012.

Additionally the group is continuing progress toward its goal to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 20% by the end of 2013. Since 2009, a range of efficiency projects incorporating continuous improvements and corrective actions have resulted in cumulative savings estimated at more than a quarter of a billion dollars.

"An inherent part of being a global leader is tackling challenges that are bigger than you are," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide. "Many of our Hilton Worldwide Team Members find ways to extend their daily work toward a higher purpose. In doing so, they inevitably create shared value both for our business and the communities where we live, work and travel.

This concept is core to how we operate as a global hospitality leader; when we create value for our business and society, we contribute to these issues in a way that is sustainable into the future, and we inevitably impact an issue that is far greater than our own business."

The report mentions wide ranging global and local initiatives and partnerships that bring to life Hilton Worldwide's responsibility and sustainability strategy. Travel with Purpose is based on a commitment to create shared value for Hilton’s business and the communities it serves through four areas of focus: creating opportunities, strengthening communities, celebrating cultures and living sustainably. As one of the first major multi-brand hospitality companies to make sustainability measurement a brand standard, Hilton Worldwide launched LightStay in 2010 to track, manage and analyse its sustainability performance.

Headlines for the report include:

  • Since 2009, reducing energy use by 12.2 percent, carbon output by 12.8 percent, waste output by 24.9 percent and water use by 10.2 percent, saving an estimated US $253 million.
  • Announcing a three-year partnership with the International Youth Foundation to connect the company's global footprint with opportunities for youth within the hospitality industry.
  • Training more than 1,000 hotel General Managers and department heads in child trafficking awareness and response and collaborating with expert non-governmental organisations to strengthen advocacy and support services for survivors.
  • Launching "Operation: Opportunity," an initiative to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years and to provide hotel stays for United States military veterans and their families.
  • Earned one of only four Green Power Partners of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the purchase of more than 450 million kw hours of green power.
  • Launched the Center for Sustainable Procurement to support the purchasing decisions of global business procurement managers by providing a unique set of research and information on product sustainability data.
  • Announcing the waste reduction programme, newly rebranded RePurpose, which has collected 270,000 pounds of soap - creating nearly one million new bars for countries in need; more than 20,000 pounds of food for food banks worldwide; and recycled 9,200 mattresses and box springs into new products.
  • Lobbying for governments to implement "smart visa" policies to stimulate global travel, create new jobs and spur economic development - a win-win for the hospitality industry and every community in which it operates, today and in the future.
  • Spending more than US $500 million with minority and women owned business suppliers since 2010.
  • Contributing more than 100,000 volunteer hours to more than 800 community service projects in 51 countries in 2012 through its Global Team Member Volunteer Programme and annual Global Week of Service.

Nassetta added, “We feel very fortunate to work in a business that presents us with so many opportunities to be part of millions of people's lives, invite them into our hotels and to be a good neighbour to thousands of communities around the world. We’re committed to capitalising on these opportunities to effect real and meaningful change.”


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