8 Properties of Accor Philippines Supports the Philippines Sustainability Movement

Sustainability has been the hot topic over these past years due to climate changes, depletion of natural resources and the proliferation of waste in our world today. Accor Philippines together with various organizations are working towards a more sustainable operations and actions to help our environment. Accor's Hotels in Manila includes Raffles Makati, Fairmont Makati, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Novotel Manila Araneta Center, and Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila Managed by AccorHotels in advocating sustainable business models, balanced menus, and responsible procurement of ingredients.

Last September 4, I've attended an event about the launch of the Philippine Sustainable Month and the reaffirmation of Accor's commitment to Planet 21, a worldwide program designed towards positive hospitality experience through sustainable operations at Sofitel Manila.

Accor’s Planet 21 program was launched in 2015 as a five-year targeted plan demonstrating targets for 2020 that aim to grow the group sustainably while being mindful of its impacts to the environment.

Here's some of the initiatives and activities of the hotels included in this program:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila recognizes the need to adapt to the growing environmental changes and has implemented several initiatives as part of the Planet 21 program. The hotel has completely banned the use of plastic straws across all Food & Beverage outlets and has been practicing recycling as highlighted on the wonderful cheese plates made from recycled wine bottles at the flagship restaurant, Spiral. The culinary team has also been minimizing food waste through technological innovations like the use of Winnow software. Likewise, fruits and vegetables from all restaurants are converted into compost and used as fertilizer for Greens by Sofitel, the hotel’s herb garden from which produce for Spiral are harvested to promote healthy and sustainable gastronomy. Some of the hotel’s seafood items are sourced from local aquacultures of sustainable operations and are featured at Spiral’s Wednesday Seafood Special entitled Hooked at Spiral. To minimize carbon footprint, Sofitel’s engineering team adopts energy consumption models, implements water conservation measures, and utilizes sustainable waste-water treatment.

Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotel

Likewise, in line with Accor’s Planet21 endeavors, Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotel has made significant efforts to ban the use of endangered and threatened fish species on all of the hotel’s food & beverage outlet menus. Moreover, the master culinary team behind the luxury hotel has begun procuring tuna strictly from sustainable sources.

Novotel Manila Araneta Center

Strong in its commitment to sustainability, Novotel Manila Araneta Center has imposed important key points in its food and beverage department through the Planet 21 program that includes non-consumption of endangered seafood; zero use of plastic straws, take out containers and gelato cups and spoons across its food outlets; plus, using Healthy N Sustainable produce from its own organic El Dorado farm.

Joy~Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila

Joy~Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila’s pop-up bar and rooftop event space, The Roof, houses pieces of furniture made of upcycled and repurposed materials. Located at The Roof is an eco-friendly group communal venue as well as an aquaponics system. The event venue features a plant wall sustained by the aquaponics system that produces natural fertilizer. The plant wall now has more than 50 plants while the fish pond now has 100 gold fish and 300 Tilapia fish. The team is now in the testing phase of growing green leafy vegetables including amaranth-green, arugula, and basil, aiming to one day create its own 100% organic supply chain.

Each hotels presented their dishes that are sustainable on their respective menus.

Philippine Sustainability Month

The Philippine Sustainability Movement has curated a month-long series of events organized by Pristine Solutions and Services Inc., and Peterson and Control Union with topics focusing on Global and Philippine sustainable supply chains highlighting sustainable seafood, organic and integrated farming, seaweed products, food waste reduction, plastic reducing solutions, sustainable tourism, energy and water management, GHG monitoring and carbon footprint among others.

At its first year, the Philippine Sustainability Month aims to convene multiple stakeholders to share best practices, strengthen sustainability commitments, building capacity, multi-sectoral partnership and collaboration, and celebration.

About Accor

Accor is a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique and meaningful experiences in almost 4,800 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 countries. With an unrivalled portfolio of brands from luxury to economy, Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years.

Beyond accommodations, Accor enables new ways to live, work, and play with Food & Beverage, nightlife, wellbeing, and co-working brands. To drive business performance, Accor’s portfolio of business accelerators amplifies hospitality distribution, operations, and experience. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs—Le Club AccorHotels.

Accor is deeply committed to sustainable value creation, and plays an active role in giving back to planet and community. Planet 21 – Acting Here endeavours to act for positive hospitality, while Accor Solidarity, the endowment fund, empowers disadvantaged groups through professional training and access to employment.