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Netherlands hotel recognized for continued corporate social responsibility


Green Globe re-certifies Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch

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Jan 24, 2013

Green Globe re-certifies Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch
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LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announced re-certification of the Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch in Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands. This property identifies and promotes sustainable strategies, and has demonstrated corporate social responsibility for the past few years – true to their motto “Think Global, Act Local.”

“We are really proud to earn the prestigious Green Globe re-certification,” said Wim van der Steen, General Manager at the Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch, “In November 2012 we were the first Dutch Movenpick Hotel to host the Green Globe auditor for our re-certification. The award demonstrates our success in educating our employees and partners and our commitment to ensure ongoing responsible practices towards sustaining the environment, in line with Movenpick Hotels & Resorts’ vision and values.”

A long-term sustainability management system is in effect at the Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch, energy consumption is strictly monitored. Environmentally-friendly actions are at the heart of all operations, through initiatives such as the introduction of biodegradable pens, wooden key cards, ecological bathroom amenities and Movenpick Fair Trade Coffee. Guests are encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint and preserving water resources. Packaging is reduced to a minimum and the purchasing policy favors suppliers adhering to environmental practices. The property supports community-related activities and local entrepreneurs to sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture.

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts uses the framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, a proven science based model helping businesses to better understand and integrate sustainability in its strategy and operations. The framework was initiated by the Swedish born international NGO, The Natural Step [ www.thenaturalstep.org ]. The framework contains logical guidelines to identify current challenges, future possibilities and smart-step-wise approaches to move towards sustainability and to capitalize on a more refined way of sustainability drive markets.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented: “We are extremely pleased to award re-certification to the Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has taken a systematic approach to measure all the operational savings that have been made through the reduction of energy and water usage and non-recyclable waste. At the same time real commitments have been made to support the communities who host their hotels and resorts.”

ABOUT MOVENPICK HOTELS & RESORTS

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in over 23 countries with 76 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Paris (France), Soma Bay (Egypt), Chiang Mai and KohSamui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Haiman Island, China), Djerba and Tozeur (Tunisia).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts specializes in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.

The hotel company is owned by the Movenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com .

Contact: Wim van der Steen, General Manager, Movenpick Hotel Hertogenbosch, Pettelaarpark 90, 5216 PH’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, Phone +31 73 687 4674, Fax +31 73 687 4635, Email wim.vandersteen@moevenpick.com , www.moevenpick-hotels.com/hertogenbosch

ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com

Source: greenglobe.com



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