Rooted in Nature is Shangri-La’s sustainable food initiative that highlights locally or ethically sourced food at our hotels around the world – even at hotels that have not yet opened. Leading up to Earth Day on April 22, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha, which is set to open in later this year, held a week-long series of Rooted in Nature activities to engage colleagues and celebrate planet Earth.
On April 20, the Spa and Health Club team organized the first activity - Daily Dose of Vitamin D. The team led a dance party and taught colleagues choreographed routines in the plaza in front of the hotel.
“It was a great way for everyone to absorb some much-needed natural Vitamin D to go with the endorphins produced by exercise,” said Coen Masselink, general manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Doha.
From April 21 to 23, the Food and Beverage team created dishes that focused on local or sustainable ingredients and served them to their colleagues. Fruit smoothies were served during breakfast and tasty organic dishes during lunch, proving that healthy meals can be both delicious and good for the body. Locally-sourced dates and cinnamon were used to flavor the smoothies and locally-sourced vegetables were used in the salads.
On April 22, colleagues made a pledge to the group’s corporate social responsibility values by stamping their thumbprint on a Sustainability board. The pledge reads:
“I pledge to demonstrate a long term commitment to our people, our community, and our environment.”
Each colleague’s thumbmark symbolizes how he or she takes responsibility for the commitment, and promises to apply the values to their work every day.
On the evening of April 23, colleagues planted an herb garden at the outside their accommodation. The herbs, such as basil, rosemary, mint and jasmine, will appear in their daily dishes served in the cafeteria. After the hotel opens, Shangri-La Hotel, Doha plans to give away cans with seeds inside so guests can grow their own herbs at home.
Shangri-La Hotel, Doha does not open until later in 2015, but their commitment to Sustainability has already begun.