RAFFLES ISTANBUL SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH
As a global leader in the hospitality industry, Accor has implemented various sustainability initiatives aimed at reducing environmental footprint and promoting community development. Accor’s core strategy on sustainability is the Planet 21 program which is based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities. The planet 21 program focuses on reducing energy consumption, waste generation, and water consumption in all of its properties.
As Raffles Istanbul, a member of the Accor family and the Planet 21 program, we embrace these principles and take actions on issues such as waste management, socio-cultural diversity, human rights and gender equality to create a better environment for all of us.
Sustainability and environmental protection are important to us. Throughout all of our operations, we are demonstrating an eco-conscious approach. By eliminating the usage of plastic straws and other non-biodegradable materials, we are working to lessen the environmental impact while also giving guests methods to lower their carbon footprint while visiting. We work to develop effective purchasing possibilities with our suppliers and strive to lessen the environmental effects brought on by the procurement process.
What Sustainable Tourism Means?
Sustainability is an approach that meets the needs of guests, industry, the environment and host communities by taking into account current and future economic, social and environmental impacts. Sustainability in Tourism covers the following topics:
- Sustainable Management
- Social and Economic Impacts
- Cultural Impacts
- Environmental Impacts (consumption of resources, reducing pollution, protecting biodiversity and the environment)
GSTC and the Sustainable Tourism Program
The Sustainable Tourism Program was developed in the process of adapting to the criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), which is a determining body in international norms for the development of sustainability standards in the tourism sector. It is the first program developed by GSTC and the government in the world and consists of 42 criteria.