Corporate Social Responsibility
China Green Hotel
GRAND MERCURE Hongqiao Shanghai was recently honored as “China Green Hotel” voted by National Green Hotel Committee.
GRAND MERCURE Hongqiao Shanghai is dedicated to the green environmental protection since its opening. As a Green Hotel, GRAND MERCURE Hongqiao shows its excellent performance in green design, energy conservation, management, and material consumption reduction.
In GRAND MERCURE Hongqiao, the management convinces its hotel guests to choose reusable amenities to replace the disposable ones, replace incandescent lamps with energy-saving bulbs in guestrooms, and more importantly, the hotel is also one of the pilot hotel that participates in the Accor “Plant for the Planet” program. This program proposes guests to reuse their barth towels during their stay. Each time when 5 bath towels are reused, one tree is pledged to be planted in a forest in order to stop global deforestation. In addition to these improvements, GRAND MERCURE Hongqiao also advocates its guests to follow environmental protection project.
As an excellent unit, the hotel has won good reputation among the community by improving hardware and services, and it will surely continue to support the energy conservation and sustainable development as usual.
Plant for the Planet Program
1000 Accor hotels to join the Plant for the Planet program.
For the 3rd Earth Guest Day, Accor has reaffirmed its commitment to reforestation. To be held this year on April 22, Earth Guest Day is a Group-wide initiative that aims to involve employees in sustainable development projects. By April 2010, some 1,000 Accor hotels will be actively involved in Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, an initiative launched last year in association with the United Nations Environment Program.
Accor’s commitment to Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign
This highly innovative global reforestation program is designed to finance seven tree-planting projects around the world. Accor has pledged to donate 50% of the savings on laundry costs resulting from the responsible behavior of hotel operators and their customers. An awareness-building campaign has been organized in participating hotels, asking customers to keep their bath towels for more than one night. So that they understand the full importance of reusing towels, a message is posted in each bathroom informing them that "Here, YOUR towels plant trees." Accor is also providing special training to floor staff and chambermaids in charge of linen.