Posted in News on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by The Beachcomber Tours correspondent
The introduction of an Environmental and Social Policy Statement is in line with Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels’ commitment to achieving best sustainability practices and behaving responsibly.
The Group’s Environmental and Social Policy Statement was publicly launched on Friday 5 July 2019 at the #WeWalkOurTalk event. The six-page document sets out 52 tangible commitments to our planet. This number was specifically chosen as a reference to the year the Group was founded.
Beachcomber’s initiatives focus on using water efficiently, choosing less and greener energy, managing waste responsibly, embellishing the environment and biodiversity conservation, fostering community development, responsible sourcing, the engagement of the Group’s artisans and guests’ contribution.
Through this Statement, Beachcomber vows to step up its commitment to environmental protection. It is a genuine pledge by the leading hotel group in Mauritius to place this issue at the core of its development strategy.
“Mauritius is already a great place to live, but the country is under environmental, social, and climate pressure. It is therefore extremely important for us all to realise the importance of protecting its natural beauty. The environment must be at the centre of our concerns and actions,” says the CEO of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël.
According to him, the recent achievement of the EarthCheck Silver certification by Beachcomber’s eight hotels and Head Office in Mauritius is “a recognition for our long-standing initiatives to promote environmentally friendly development.”
The official presentation of this international certification marks another important step towards achieving the Group’s sustainable development vision. Beachcomber has embarked on the EarthCheck certification process since 2015 and is now able to better measure, manage and reduce its environmental impact and monitor its social projects. This is the outcome of a programme of concrete actions relating to issues such as the preservation of water resources, energy consumption management, waste management, plastic pollution and engagement with local communities.
#WeWalkOurTalk aimed at turning words into action and reiterating the Group’s commitment to reconcile development with respect for nature. A total of 150 artisans and guests from all Beachcomber resorts took part in a 350km relay on foot, by bicycle or kayak to the Group’s Head Office in Curepipe.