My stance on sustainability
At my hotels, I am already encouraging less frequent laundering, using water coolers in function rooms and ballrooms rather than water bottles, and providing free PressReader access to thousands of digital newspapers and magazines. However, my team is constantly looking for new ways to reduce the consumption of our planet's natural resources. That’s why I am proud to announce that starting from this year, Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour Johor will recycle and repackage hygiene amenities, and donate them to the nearby aboriginal schools and families in Kampung Simpang Arang, Gelang Patah, which is located just 15 minutes away.
I also try to steadily implement new recycling and conservation programmes into my business model to reduce our carbon footprint. That is why I decided to work hand in hand with Feed Our Loved Ones (FOLO), a non-governmental organization based in Kempas, Johor, to turn kitchen waste into compost and donate surplus food to those in need.
In October 2016, led by my executive chef, I went to Pontian, Johor, to kick off our Ocean to Table mission, which aims to provide the freshest, sustainable, locally harvested seafood by working closely with a local fishmonger, The Fish Club. A documented and transparent supply chain has been established, and we are committed to supporting the local fishermen and their ability to harvest sustainably.
Embracing local communities:
Through the EMBRACE initiative, my hotel has partnered with the Orang Asli Development Department (JAKOA) to adopt a nearby indigenous village. We aim to provide the villagers with a better life by refurbishing their homes and the local kindergarten, providing school supplies for more than 200 families, and eradicating hygiene-related illnesses.
We are also partnering with Kechara, a local non-profit soup kitchen. My team members from across the hotel hit the street every three months on a quarterly basis to feed the homeless and give away toiletries and blankets.
I believe that by giving back and showing gratitude to the community, we can help to create a brighter future.
Being part of the Shangri-La Group, we are signatories to the UN Global Compact and firm constituents on the Dow Jones and Hang Seng Sustainability Indices. To get the latest on what we are doing to conserve the environment and support our local communities, visit our sustanability blog or contact us.