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Social and Environmental Responsibility

For almost 70 years, Beachcomber Hotels Mauritius has invested in treasuring the history, culture, environment and communities of the island through various corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility projects. View our 52 Commitments here.

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

“We are committed to offering the underprivileged communities an opportunity for a better and more sustainable future.”

FONDATION ESPOIR DÉVELOPPEMENT

In 1999, Beachcomber was among the first companies in Mauritius to set up its foundation, FED, to implement its corporate social responsibility policy. The Foundation looks at the needs of the regions surrounding Beachcomber’s hotels, with priority given to:

  • Education and training
  • Health
  • Socio-economic development
  • Conservation and culture

PROJET EMPLOYABILITÉ JEUNE

In 2004, the FED Foundation launched Projet Employabilité Jeunes (Youth Employability Project, PEJ) to improve the employability of young Mauritians through providing social, academic and workplace training and skills development. More than 1,900 young people have benefited from this project to date.

HANDICRAFTS PROJECT – LOCAL HANDS

In 2013, 55 Mauritian artisans came together to found Local Hands. These craftspeople are mainly women who use the income from the sale of their creations to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. These artisans are skilled in traditional Mauritian crafts. By promoting these techniques, they play an important role in preserving this important cultural heritage for future generations.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND COLLABORATION WITH NGOs

In collaboration with FED, the regional committees have set up social development projects in their respective regions:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention in the North jointly with regional associations and specialist NGOs
  • Computer literacy programmes in the South-East and South-West in conjunction with the National Computer Board
  • Mentoring for the youth in the South-West in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme (Ministry of Youth and Sports)
  • Occupational integration project for upper secondary level students from a college in the South-West

BUY A BRACELET IN SUPPORT

Our guests are encouraged to buy a 1-euro friendship bracelet in Beachcomber’s boutiques, with proceeds being donated to the Foundation for its Youth Employability Programme. Our all-inclusive guests and others can easily donate to this initiative by including a contribution on their hotel bill.



ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

“At Beachcomber, our artisans use their knowhow and finest craftsmanship, every day, to save and use our natural resources efficiently.”

ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

For more than 25 years, Beachcomber Hotels Mauritius has pursued a corporate citizenship policy focused on protecting and developing the natural and social environment of the island. On the environmental front, we focus on energy, water, waste management and biodiversity. On the social level we support vulnerable groups, such as young people and local artisans, and prioritise community development in the areas surrounding our hotels and Head Office.

EARTHCHECK CERTIFICATION

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has a long-standing commitment to sustainable development. In 2015 we embarked on the process of achieving accreditation from EarthCheck – the first global programme of environmental and social certification developed specifically for the tourism industry. We are proud that all our properties and Beachcomber House, the Group’s Head Office, have achieved the EarthCheck Benchmarked Silver status.

ZERO SINGLE USE PLASTIC BY 2021

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has set the target of achieving zero plastic waste by eliminating all single-use plastic items from its hotels by July 2021. We are well on our way to becoming the first hotel group in Mauritius without single-use plastic.

From 2017, we began banning single use plastic straws and water bottles, replaced plastic laundry bags with cloth bags, began using refillable toiletry dispensers and eliminating single use plastic food containers.

HOTEL POLICIES

As a pioneer in the Mauritian hospitality industry, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels is committed to achieving best practice in Environmental & Social sustainability. In partnership with EarthCheck, qualitative and quantitative measures are in place at each resort.

In addition, each resort has signed a declaration of Sustainable Commitments as a pledge to build and maintain trust with transparency and accountability and strive to continuously improve their sustainable development as a Group.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has completed the installation of 3,090 solar panels in four of our hotels: Paradis Beachcomber, Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, Mauricia Beachcomber and Victoria Beachcomber.

These panels will provide the majority of the electricity consumption of the hotels. Beachcomber is once again leading the way – this medium-scale solar power generation is a first for the Mauritian hotel industry. We hope to extend this project to all eight hotels in Mauritius in the near future.



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