‘Bewust Bilderberg’ - corporate social responsibility

Sustainable choices for a memorable stay

As a hotel chain, Bilderberg is eager to contribute to a sustainable world. Because creating memories is not only about preserving something from the past, but also about ensuring a bright future. Only if we treat our planet with care and respect, Bilderberg will remain a place where beautiful moments are created. 'Bewust Bilderberg' is an initiative to make strategic and operational choices that put the welfare of people, animals and the planet first. So that we can welcome our guests with open arms, not only now, but also in the future.

OUR GLOBAL AIMS

We focus on three themes: our guests, our planet and our people

  • 1. FOOD AND BEVERAGES

    • Reducing food waste
    • Focusing on seasonal and local products
    • Purchasing coffee and tea in a fair and ethical way
  • 2. ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

    • Publishing biennial sustainability reports
    • Informing guests and training employees
    • Green Key Gold certification
  • 3. WASTE AND RECYCLING

    • Guests can separate waste in public areas
    • Reduce plastic waste and recycle plastic
    • Reduce landfill waste
  • 4. RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING

    • A sustainable purchasing policy
    • Our suppliers sign a sustainability declaration
  • 5. CO2 EMISSIONS

    • Providing transparency of CO2 emissions
    • Reducing CO2 emissions
    • Replace energy consuming systems
  • 6. WATER CONSUMPTION

    • Insight into water consumption
    • Increasing awareness of our staff
    • Reducing water usage
  • 7. PROPER EMPLOYMENT

    • Maintaining a low rate of absenteeism
    • Sustainable deployment policy
    • Investigating, training and implementing policy
  • 8. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    • Supporting two community programmes
    • Employees with distance to the labour market

THEME 1: OUR GUESTS

We focus on sustainable food and beverage and environmental awareness

1. FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Whether it's a decent cup of coffee during a business meeting or a culinary five-course dinner during a getaway, almost every guest of our hotels will eat or drink something. Food and drink is therefore a subject close to our hearts and one with which we, as a hotel chain, can make the difference.

OUR AMBITION
We serve high quality food based on a sustainable offer and a fair price for the manufacturers. We put Dutch products on the menu and cook with seasonal products. By buying smart and processing products efficiently, we reduce food waste in our hotels.

 

2. SUSTAINABLE AWARENESS AMONG GUESTS
At Bilderberg, we believe it is important that our guests enjoy a healthy and clean living environment. By telling our guests what we do in a positive and subtle way, also known as 'nudging', we encourage them to make sustainable choices themselves; choices that contribute to their own well-being and to the environment.

OUR AMBITION
It is our ambition to ensure that everything during a guest's stay in our hotel contributes to the guest's own well-being and the environment. We are transparent about what we do and don' t do in terms of sustainability and encourage our guest to make conscious choices during their stay.

THEME 2: OUR PLANET

We consider our partnerships, sustainable procurements, waste and CO2

3. WASTE AND RECYCLING
Our hotels collectively produced 1 million kilograms of waste per year in 2019. That is approximately the weight of 25,000 made hotel beds. The waste is delivered separately to our waste management partner wherever possible. However, this is not always successful. For example, if the waste consists of different materials or if sorting is incorrect. We realise that waste is not waste, but a basis for a new product.

OUR AMBITION
It is our ambition to see waste as the basis for a subsequent product. Bilderberg wants to reduce the amount of waste from packaging and stimulate recycling. 

4. SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING
A conscious purchasing policy is probrably the prerequisite for achieving Bilderberg's aims and ambitions in the field of sustainable enterprise. In our purchasing conditions we use a sustainability policy. For example, we ask our suppliers to sign a sustainability statement. By tightening our purchasing policy, based on the ambitions in this report, we can take this a step further. 

AMBITION
Our sustainable purchasing conditions provide a foundation for Bilderberg's sustainability goals and ambitions. Based on these conditions we want to enhance our purchasing policy. We want to make new agreements with our suppliers to achieve a purchasing policy that is beneficial for our planet, our suppliers, our guests and ourselves.

5. CO2 EMISSIONS
Many factors influence CO 2 emissions. There are plenty of steps we can still take to reduce our CO 2 emissions, especially with regard to heating systems and electrical equipment. An important step is to gain more insight into consumption and to calculate the number of kilograms of CO 2. 

OUR AMBITION
Bilderberg wants to establish a carbon neutral stay. In the short term we will implement several quick wins to save energy, in the long term we will replace installations. 

6. WATER CONSUMPTION
On average, our hotels consume 9,505 m 3 of water per year. Partly because of Green Key, our focus is on reducing water consumption. In doing so, we make a distinction between the water consumed by our guests and the water used in our operations. By creating greater awareness on both fronts, we can achieve even greater savings and thus reduce the water consumption per guest per night.

OUR AMBITION
We want to save 20% of our current water consumption by 2024. We will achieve this by monitoring our water consumption 24/7 and gaining insight into savings opportunities.

THEME 3: OUR PEOPLE

We focus on good employment and social commitment

7. GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
In a service-driven organisation like Bilderberg, employees are the heart of the organisation.  Finding good and qualified staff will remain a major challenge in the coming years, which also has repercussions on the workload of existing employees. Taking good care of them, for example by focusing on sustainable employability, is therefore one of our main concerns. But inclusiveness and diversity also ensure a healthy and social company.

OUR AMBITION
A happy employee is the foundation of every hotel. Our ambition is to create a working environment where all employees feel valued, safe and engaged. 

8. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Bilderberg is a traditionally Dutch organisation, with hotels that have strong local connections. We feel a deep commitment to these local communities and have many initiatives and long-term collaborations. We are keen to use our knowledge, manpower, network and facilities to contribute to a sustainable and social society. 

OUR AMBITION
By volunteering our expertise, manpower, facilities, accommodations and network in the local environment, we want to support specific target groups or social goals. With these investments in the local community, we want to contribute to a sustainable and social society.

"Our secret is to pay attention to the world around us to ensure that our future is as rich as our history"


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