BWH Hotels has pledged its commitment to environmental and social responsibility through the launch of its new Earth, People, and Community (EPC) initiative.
The initiative recognises the importance of the hospitality industry to establish sustainable programs that meet evolving guest expectations and offers practical, cost-saving solutions to drive sustainable development.
The goal of the company is to strengthen one community at a time by partnering with hoteliers and providing the necessary tools.
“Our hotel family is deeply committed to implementing environmentally friendly hotel practices, fostering a work culture where diversity is celebrated, and partnering with charitable organisations to give back,” said Rod Munro, Managing Director of Operations, BWH Hotels Australasia.
“Through our new EPC effort, our attention is focused on establishing ourselves as the place to stay and the place to work.”
By focusing on the three pillars of Earth, People, and Community, BWH Hotels is committed to operating responsibly and fostering an inclusive culture with diverse viewpoints to establish strong connections amongst local communities.
“The implementation of this new program and the work we’re doing with The University of Queensland establishes a practical approach for our hotels to develop sustainably for the future of generations of travelers. Our hotels are setting an example for the industry and contributing to environmental solutions.”
The company is also working with its properties to measure environmental performance and is developing practical solutions to change hotel guest behavior.
“Our collaboration with BWH Hotels will benefit the entire hospitality and accommodation sector as we will widely share all the measures that improve environmental performance while also reducing cost,” said Sara Dolnicar, Professor at The University of Queensland.
BWH Hotels across Australia are also involved in the investigation of the usage of in-room refrigerators by guests as measurements taken from hotels suggest that many guests do not use the fridge at all.
They are also planning to study the effectiveness of communication messages with the aim of reducing unnecessary use of the air conditioner to drive down electricity consumption.
By implementing these practices, and working with UQ’s Low Harm Hedonism team, BWH Hotels strengthen their strong commitment to sustainability and to operating responsibly.