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Protection & Regeneration of Nature

3 | Accelerating

Corporate Office

Neutralise negative impacts and build robust positive impacts


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

Value chain involvement.

  • Quantifiable investment in restoration of local ecosystems is made.
  • The organisation provides and records monetary support for biodiversity conservation in the local area.
  • A baseline for all global biodiversity impacts has been created.

Setting up for success

Take ownership

Enable owners across all organisational teams to be innovative

Review and update governance procedures

Engage stakeholders

Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and test an innovation project

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Understand impact & dependencies

1. Set a biodiversity baseline for all global biodiversity impacts
2. Identify what products and services you purchase and consider potential impacts on nature and opportunities to reduce these impacts

Set targets

3. Review and strengthen company biodiversity targets, property-level targets for managed hotels, and suggested targets for franchised hotels. Include targets for procurement of products that are certified, local, reusable and made from recycled content
4. Demonstrate your commitments publicly

Take action

5. Review available guidance to identify and select additional relevant actions to reduce negative impacts on global biodiversity through your supply chain and restore local biodiversity. You should include Supporting hotels to restore local biodiversity, mitigation plans for risks in relation to local biodiversity, conscious procurement decisions, incorporation of biodiversity net gain into all future development projects. Plans should be particularly robust for hotels located in sensitive or particularly important natural areas
6. Modify brand standards to include procurement codes which apply to franchisees
7. Engage key suppliers to see what their commitments are, share targets set and how they can help achieve goals
8. Engage with national and international actors (governments, NGOs, conservation groups, partnerships, coalitions etc.) to align plans and increase the scale of progress
9. Determine financial and non-financial resources needed, create a business case and gather required resources
Resource: Responsible Procurement Factsheet
10. Update procurement policies and develop a Supplier Code of Conduct and supplier evaluation process which includes environmental considerations
12. Engage with customers and enable them to make more environmental choices

Reviewing & Reporting Progress

Monitor & Report

Conduct an independent assessment for environmental and social impact

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

Document learnings and any recommendations for follow-on actions to share with internal and external stakeholders

Review benefits seen through actions

Review challenges encountered along the way and plan solutions to implement

Update leadership and staff on progress

Seek certification by a globally recognised certification programme (e.g. GSTC recognised or an ISO standard)

Inform corporate customers and investors of performance and activities

Report your progress publicly on an annual basis. Publish disaggregated data and align reporting with established frameworks, e.g. CDP, GRI, TCFD, Integrated Reporting
This guidance was developed with support from Considerate Group                                 

Share your case studies with us!

As hospitality companies progress towards Net Positive Hospitality, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance is keen to share good news and best practice from across the industry. Our Net Positive case studies are shared across our website and LinkedIn, acting as a positive space to celebrate these actions, achievements, and commitments.

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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4 | Leading - Give back more than you take

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Once you have completed Protection & Regeneration of Nature – 3 | Accelerating, you are ready to move on to 4 | Leading.