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Food Waste is the World’s Dumbest Problem

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It’s a staggering figure, but about one-third of all food produced for human consumption around the world goes to waste. Modern developed countries are even more wasteful.

Just as we can strive to make our food production more friendly to the planet, we can also reduce the amount of food we throw out. That includes edible food that never reaches the shops, unsold or uneaten food in restaurants, or food we discard at home.

Globally, the impacts of food waste are astounding. It contributes greenhouse gas emissions, uses freshwater that we can ill afford to sacrifice, costs millions of farm animals their lives and accounts for billions of dollars’ worth of human labour, not to mention the vast forests cut down and wetlands drained to produce food that is never eaten, or the mountains of fertiliser and pesticides applied for no purpose.

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Anantara Offers Internship to Children under State Care

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Anantara Maldives Resorts has joined Ministry of Gender and Family to introduce a special internship program for children under State care at children’s shelter.

Anantara’s corporate social responsibility project “Minor Hope” was inaugurated in a function held at the resort earlier this year by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim.

The one-year “Minor Hope” internship program is directed at providing children under State care with the necessary skills to venture into the job market, as well as providing them with job opportunities in the tourism industry.

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400 Years of History, 400 Criteria for Tourism Excellence

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Saturday, July 15th 2017.

Quinta do Bom Despacho, the home of sustainable holidays and events in the Azorean capital recently celebrated two years of operation in offering outstanding accommodation and guest service.

I preparation for its opening two years ago, Quinta do Bom Despacho embarked on a rigorous program of operational excellence in sustainable tourism culminating in their achievement of Green Growth 2050 GOLD Certification.  The Green Growth 2050 Standard comprises 400 best practice compliance indicators and recognizes excellence in environmental, socio-economic & cultural sustainability in the travel & tourism industry.

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John Roberts, Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group, talks about Green Growth 2050

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Mr John Roberts, Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group, talks about Green Growth 2050 and its implementation within Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas and across the enterprise.

John Roberts – Minor Hotel Group

John Roberts Director of Conservation for Minor Hotel Group talks about Green Growth 2050 and its implementation within Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas and across the enterprise

Posted by Green Growth 2050 on Thursday, October 20, 2016

 

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Minor Hotels off to a great start in 2017

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The first quarter of 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, has seen a number of Minor Hotels re-certify to the Green Growth 2050 Global Standard with all improving on their previous audit scores.
AVANI Hotels also joined the program and are working on achieving compliance during 2017.

Re-certified Hotels include:

Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa

Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa

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Thailand’s Business Leaders pledge to protect Elephants

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On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products. In a show of solidarity, the nation’s top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.

Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa. To help raise awareness on this issue WildAid enlisted the help of Mr. William Ellwood Heinecke, Chairman and CEO, Minor International Public Company Limited, to spearhead the effort by asking fellow business leaders to join the pledge and stand united against the illegal ivory trade.

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Warmth Sharing CSR Project – Ban Huay Sai Kaw Highlander Community Education Centre

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Following the passing of Thailand’s Beloved King, the staff at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort decided to forgo their annual Staff Party celebration and instead celebrate the gift of giving.

In a remote forest of northern Thailand, 127km from Chiang Mai, the staff found a dilapidated school that had been deserted since the school teacher passed away a few months earlier.

As the school is not funded by the Ministry of Education, on 21st and 22nd December 2016, the staff took on the project of renovating the classroom and toilet, and also landscaping the grounds.

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Quinta do Bom Despacho – GOLD in The Azores 

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Located just outside the historic centre of Ponta Delgada, Quinta do Bom Despacho is the home of sustainable holidays and events in the Azorean capital. Quinta do Bom Despacho has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable development by achieving one of the highest Green Growth 2050 Certification scores in their recent onsite audit.

Wayne McKinnon, CEO of Green Growth 2050, said “We are excited to have Quinta do Bom Despacho as our first GOLD Certified Hotel & Event property in The Azores; one of the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations.”

“Quinta do Bom Despacho is a showcase for lived responsible action”  said Wayne. “Firstly, sustainability is a conviction for both Joana and Jaime and their team – there is no need to explain nor convince them. Both their drive and no-compromise attitude underpin the credibility for what they do. What  is particularly inspiring is their drive to spread the word and get others to buy-into sustainable action. Already several of the volunteers that have worked with them have taken up sustainability careers and studies, clearly inspired by what is being done and lived at Quinta do Bom Despacho”

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Elizabeth Dass-Brown talks about Anantara Riverside’s Hydroponic Garden

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Elizabeth Dass-Brown, Director of Marketing & Communications for Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, talks about their world-leading hydroponic farm.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Hydroponic Farm

Elizabeth Dass-Brown, Director of Marketing & Communications for Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, talks about their world-leading hydroponic farm

Posted by Green Growth 2050 on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

 

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All Anantara Abu Dhabi properties Certified Gold

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Minor Hotel Group’s five Anantara Resorts in Abu Dhabi, UAE were recently Certified GOLD to the Green Growth 2050 Global Standard.
Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Qasr Al Sarab and the three Desert Island Resorts all achieved greater than 80% during their recent audits.

This is an outstanding effort from everyone involved.  We will be featuring detailed articles about each properties achievement in the new year so keep an eye on the upcoming newsletters.  In the meantime click below to enjoy some photos of the Anantara teams.

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