Green hotel promotes Responsible Business
Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to sustainable development for many years. In 2001, this commitment was fortified and placed within the scope of a programme called Responsible Business (RB). Each hotel has a unique RB Action Plan, covering areas such as community outreach, environmental improvement, employee well-being and health and safety. That tradition continues with Responsible Business at this "green" hotel in Oslo.
The hotels are engaged with both local charity groups and the corporate international charity organization recognised by the Rezidor Hotel Group, the World Childhood Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.
Responsible Business is all about communication. The general manager drives the efforts put forward in the programme. A good example is the information in the general manager's monthly letter. In addition, all guest rooms have a folder regarding the hotel's work and policies. A Responsible Fact Sheet is used in all sales activities. Responsible Business in Oslo is also promoted in the hotel’s contracts. The hotel advocates organic and ecological products, primarily in the breakfast room.
The hotel has an introduction programme for all new staff, as well as more extensive quarterly Responsible Business (RB) Training Courses. The hotel has an RB Activity Calendar, focusing on various monthly social and environmental challenges, to increase employee awareness. The RB message is spread through a dynamic information board and internal information channel.
Every September, the hotel arranges a "From Children to Children" day for the children of employees to run the hotel for a day and to host different events for children from neighbouring schools. The hotel collects money to support the Strømme Foundation, which is a non-governmental organisation. The foundation's vision is a world with no poverty, and the mission is to eradicate poverty and support people for a better future. This hotel supports charities such as "Nedre Akerselva Vel" and the Network centre MARTE (Red Cross), which is a social network for parents in Oslo wishing to strengthen their social connections through positive gatherings. The hotel also supports the Church City Mission, the Norwegian Air Ambulance and the Norwegian Police against drug abuse among youth. In addition, the hotel supports Carlson Hotels Worldwide, Rezidor's largest investor, in their commitment to charity.
This hotel cooperates with the City of Oslo. In the event of a crisis, the hotel becomes a support centre for relatives and friends in need.
The hotel strives to reduce the negative impact the operations have on the environment by controlling energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation. To help achieve the hotel's environmental goals, the RB Activity Calendar targets different challenges and indicates activities to execute throughout the year.
The hotel's proudest achievement within this area has been to receive the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. The hotel meets the world's strictest environmental requirements on energy and water conservation, chemicals and waste disposal.