Responsible Business - Let's take responsibility
Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of the broader commitment of the 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, cultural heritage, employee and children’s rights, health and safety and environmental improvements.
The hotels are engaged with both local charity groups and the corporate international charity organisation supported by the Rezidor Hotel Group, the World Childhood Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to defend the rights of the child and promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children all over the world.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham adopted St. Cuthbert’s Hospice as its local charity. The hotel offers a programme of sustained support, providing beds, wardrobes, lamps, mirrors and other furnishings to the hospice. The hospice provides daily and in-patient care for people with life-limiting illnesses.
This hotel's RB activities and achievements include:
- Bird boxes around hotel grounds
- CHP system
- Electric car-charging post
- Fair-trade coffee and tea in guest rooms, fair-trade wine and vegetarian menu options
- Information on public transport and cycling routes for staff and guests; information on car-free activities including local cultural and nature-related attractions, events and festivals
- Low-energy lighting usage when possible, including controlled lighting in back-of-house areas
- Rainbow Trust charity support
- RB training for all staff
- Recording and monitoring consumption of gas, electricity, water and waste
- Recycling of paper and use of recycled refuse sacks
Hotel supports Green Tourism Business Scheme
Hundreds of businesses are working to reduce environmental impacts through the Green Tourism Business Scheme and are awarded bronze, silver and gold accreditation for their efforts to be more environmentally responsible. Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham is proud to have received the Green Tourism Business Scheme's Silver Award.