Environment – environment
At Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, we work to promote sustainable tourism with the least possible environmental impact.
We show our commitment through strategic focus areas and the use of a wide range of environmental certifications. In addition, our suppliers and partners must also commit to fulfulling our sustainability principles – just as our employees do, as it promotes the right mindset.
UN Sustainable Development Goals 8 & 12 as benchmarks
In particular, we work according to two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as it is through these that we can create the greatest possible impact. These are Goal 8 (Decent Jobs and Economic Growth) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
Goal number 8 concerns decent jobs and economic growth. Quite simply, it is an integral part of our DNA that we treat our employees properly and that we always strive for development. Target 12 concerns responsible consumption and production. This is the very core of sustainability, and an area where we can positively influence all parts of the value chain – from production, transport and warehousing to packaging and disposal.
Strategic focus areas
More specifically, we have five strategic focus areas where we have a good data base that enables us to see the major impact we have. For example, by changing containers for soap, shampoo and lotions, we can eliminate the use of 1,350,000 million containers annually. The five focus areas are:
- Waste sorting
- From small plastic containers to larger containers
- 'Do not clean' signs on rooms
- Increased focus on organic procurement
- Further reduction of food waste
Environmental certifications as concrete tools
As a supplement to the Sustainable Development Goals – and as a natural part of our procurement strategy – we work with a number of eco-labels and certifications. On a concrete level, they commit us to implementing measurable actions, so we can see whether the things we do create the desired effect.
We work with certifications in three areas. One defines the things we do ourselves – and the certificates we have received through our own actions. The second defines our procurement strategy. The third is about our suppliers and their certifications.
Environmental certifications at Arp-Hansen Hotel Group
International tourism’s most widely used eco-label. In order to use the label, you must comply with a number of strict environmental requirements across 13 areas, such as energy and water consumption.
The Organic Cuisine Label
The label defines what proportion of the company’s electricity comes from green and climate-friendly sources.
Environmental certifications as part of the procurement strategy
The Danish Organic label
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel
The labels set strict environmental requirements in all phases of a product’s life cycle, including tough requirements for chemicals. Wherever possible, we use products that have at least one of these labels.