Driving responsible consumption
Our Responsible Consumption strategy focuses on the active management and reduction of negative impacts in the areas of plastic, food and nature. Overall, this pillar addresses resource efficiency.
Reducing plastic is an important environmental challenge that all of our businesses need to address. Our businesses are developing approaches to addressing this issue which reflect the particular challenges each of them face. The actions being taken include:
- measuring plastic waste streams;
- taking action to reduce waste to landfill, incinerator, or the natural environment;
- increasing the use of recycled materials;
- sourcing longer-life products, where possible; and
- developing a strategy to reduce single-use plastics in our operations.
Mandarin Oriental – eliminating all single-use plastic
Hactl - Water Dispensers
Reducing food waste needs to be a priority in all stages of the food eco-system, and our retail, restaurant and hotel businesses in particular have a great opportunity to take action in areas including reducing food waste and strengthening food systems. This includes:
- measuring food waste streams and sustainable food procurement;
- taking action to reduce food waste;
- identifying opportunities to strengthen food security in supply chains;
- educating customers about the importance of reducing food waste;
- sourcing and procuring more sustainable food options; and
- educating customers about sustainable food options.
Maxim’s Group – Surplus Bread Donation Programme
Nature addresses the topic of biodiversity, which is directly relevant to several of our businesses and their supply chains, and is an increasingly important focus more generally. The areas of focus which our businesses may explore include:
- developing strategies and/or plans in our operations and the land we own or occupy to protect local biodiversity; and
- exploring nature-based solutions to address climate change and other environmental challenges.