By the end of this stage you will have achieved the following outcomes from the Pathway Framework:

Policy and initial action plan in place.

  • Locally important ecosystems and wildlife has been mapped in collaboration with local organisations.
  • The organisation is aware of, and complies with, existing local, national and international regulations and guidelines concerning wildlife interactions, including wildlife viewing.
  • Menus are reviewed and any endangered species are removed.

Setting up for success

Take ownership

Designate a lead person or team for each activity and ensure other relevant employees are aware of their roles

Review legislation related to the portfolio

Include senior leadership to make sure there is ownership and buy-in from the top-level

Raise awareness among internal stakeholders by introducing environmental and social sustainability training

Review the possibility for a monitoring system to track all environmental and social data in one location and monitor progress

Review and update governance procedures

Engage stakeholders

Conduct a stakeholder mapping to identify relevant stakeholders, and engage key stakeholders to understand their priorities

Find other brands and management companies you can learn from

Set up a process to regularly engage with hotels, to understand challenges, identify priorities, inform them of central programmes and share solutions

Understand impact & dependencies

1. Review impacts on biodiversity including potential sources of pollution from noise, light, runoff, erosion, and air, water and soil contaminants
2. Review dependencies relating to biodiversity
3. Support hotels in the portfolio to understand key supply chain impacts on nature
4. Identify biologically important areas (with priority habitats and species) which you have hotels in
5. Take stock of the initiatives you are currently doing/have done to protect and regenerate nature
Resource: Environmental Management for Hotels (Section 1.5)

Set targets

6. Set company targets, property-level targets for managed hotels, and suggest targets for franchised hotels, to improve management of biodiversity impacts local to the property and remove endangered species from menus

Take action

7. Review available guidance to identify relevant actions to reduce negative impacts on biodiversity or support local biodiversity. This should consist of simple behavioural activities and low-cost technical options to be executed in the short-term (e.g. payback in 1 year or less) and a headline plan for longer-term initiatives. This should include giving preference to green cleaning products, giving preference to items which are certified and responsibly sourced, and removing endangered species from menus
8. Determine financial and non-financial resources needed, create a business case and gather required resources
Resource: Responsible Procurement Factsheet
9. Review procurement policies and make them more responsible by giving preference to items which are more efficient
Resource: Environmental Management for Hotels (Section 1.6)
10. Inform employees about nature-related objectives and their role in achieving your targets

Reviewing & Reporting Progress

Monitor & Report

Review progress by comparing against previous performance and industry benchmarks where available (such as CHSB). Repeat on a regular basis (e.g. monthly/quarterly)

Review benefits seen through actions

Review challenges encountered along the way and plan solutions to implement

Update leadership on progress

Inform corporate customers and investors of performance and activities by including information in communications and meetings
This guidance was developed with support from Considerate Group                                 

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We invite hotels to get involved by sending case studies to press@sustainablehospitalityalliance.org and / or tagging @Net Positive Hospitality and @Sustainable Hospitality Alliance within LinkedIn posts relating to environmental sustainability or social responsibility.

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