Hilton Hotels Corporation announced recently its short and long term towards building sustainability into the core fabric of its businesses worldwide.
Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO, outlined directional targets for improvement in the company’s sustainability performance throughout the next five years within system wide hotels globally.
By 2014, goals for the Hilton family of hotels are to reduce by 20 per cent, all energy consumption from direct operations, CO2 emissions and output of waste, and reduce water consumption by 10 per cent.
“Upon becoming a truly global company with the acquisition of Hilton International and following the acquisition of our company by Blackstone late last year, we are in an ideal position to lay down a framework for sustainability within our global hotels and corporate offices,” said Nassetta.
As a global business serving more than a quarter billion guests a year in more than 3,000 hotels across 74 countries, the Hilton family of hotels, including Hilton, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, plan make a difference environmentally, socially, culturally and economically.
“To meet the growing demand of increased travel around the world, we must be able to do so in a sustainable fashion while still delivering unsurpassed levels of hospitality, including a better night’s sleep, an enhanced dining experience and a more productive meeting,” said Nassetta.
“We must operate our business in ways that provide for our current needs while allowing future generations to meet their own needs. This is the essence of sustainability and the path we must follow. Not only is it the right thing to do as responsible global citizens, it's the right thing to do for our business.”
Long term, high impact goals include sustainable buildings and operations, including the advancement of sustainable design and construction, operations, chemical management and purchasing.