Every Day Is Earth Day At Shangri-La

Shangri-La Group properties around the world operate with hospitality from the heart daily, not only for guests but also for the surrounding environment. With the conviction that luxury hospitality and travel need not cost the earth, every day is Earth Day at Shangri-La.

Commitment to Environmental Protection and Conservation

Shangri-La resorts and hotels are situated in some of the most pristine natural environments and some of the most vibrant urban centers around the world. In every place we do business, Shangri-La aspires to live up to our name by providing stewardship for sustainable development.

To support this mission, Shangri-La Group and individual properties are involved in many environmental conservation and protection initiatives, including being listed on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index. In addition to participation in the CDP Climate Change and Water Security Surveys, Shangri-La Group also subscribes to the UN Global Compact and has been recognized for supporting sustainable fisheries.

Operating with Green Practices

Under the mission to achieve environmentally-friendly operations and procedures, Shangri-La Group has implemented various programs to reduce impact on the environment.

Shangri-La invests in green buildings certified to local and international standards to ensure new projects and renovations integrate sustainable design features, construction techniques and operational processes across the entire value chain in line with industry-best practices. Environmental considerations are also fully integrated into daily operations through Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that provide a robust framework for planning, managing and controlling environmental impact. Among the hotel portfolio, 36 properties operate in Certified Green Buildings, 17 are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, and 19 properties operate with locally-relevant certifications.

In 2019, Shangri-La implemented a group-wide ban on plastic straws and stirrers, switched to glass bottled water for more venues and outlets, and introduced greener packaging for in-room slippers. These initiatives are part of an overall plastic reduction roadmap, under which Shangri-La plans to tackle many more items, including packaging for bathroom amenities, takeaway containers, utensils and more.

Since water is a scarce resource in many places around the world, Shangri-La properties have a commitment to consume responsibly. Hotels work hard to mitigate impact on the availability of freshwater in ecologically sensitive regions. Resorts in Boracay, Cebu, the Maldives, Mauritius and more operate desalination plants using groundwater or seawater to produce freshwater for consumption. Furthermore, resorts in the Sultanate of Oman, Maldives and Mauritius produce recycled water for irrigation, washing of external surfaces and other suitable purposes.

Waste Not, Want Not

Food waste has been described as one of the biggest problems facing today's world. Our hotels strive to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills through waste prevention and recycling. To avoid unnecessary paper waste for example, 91 hotels have implemented paperless check-in. At the same time, our recycling partnerships with key group suppliers and NGO partners continue to grow.

To further tackle this important issue, our hotels actively explore creative ways to reduce food waste and encourage our guests and colleagues to make more sustainable choices. For example, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, has implemented a zero food waste program in Bake House – its new sustainable cake shop and bakery. One of its innovative creations is the Conscious Cookie, a delicious biscuit baked from the trims and excess ingredients of other pastries.

Harnessing Teamwork for a Healthier Planet

Colleagues, guests and community members are also involved in the mission, such as through the Race for Hope Alipay Ant Forest program. Shangri-La Group is the first hospitality group to launch on Alipay Ant Forest, a new app available from China’s leading payment and lifestyle platform. The environmental protection campaign brings together all 50 Shangri-La hotels in mainland China to encourage daily participation from guests, colleagues and local communities under the banner of Shangri-La’s “Race for Hope” program. Everyone is invited to earn and donate points by participating in eco-friendly activities, such as walking or using public transport. The points are converted into real trees that are planted and nurtured by local NGOs to help combat deforestation in vulnerable regions across China.

Caring For Precious Wildlife

Shangri-La is proud to operate hotels in some of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse regions of the world, and is committed to conserving and protecting the biodiversity of these areas for present and future generations to enjoy. Through Sanctuary, Shangri-La’s Care for Nature project, 15 hotels have formed partnerships with local experts to leverage specialized knowledge and skills. Many of these hotels support Shangri-La Eco Centres, which seek to engage with colleagues, guests and locals about conservation through interactive learning experiences and other educational activities.

As part of Sanctuary, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa’s Turtle Care Project aims to protect the endangered hawksbill and green turtles species that are native to the beaches of Oman. As one of only five turtle nesting sites in Oman, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is home to nearly 100 turtle nests every year. As part of the resort’s Turtle Care Project, the resort ensures safe beaches for turtles that return to the same nesting sites every year, as well as documenting hatchling cycles and safeguarding safe return to the ocean. The resort’s dedicated Turtle Ranger ensures the nests are sheltered from any threats and raises awareness on the plight of turtles through educational activities.

Thus far in 2021, the resort has recorded over 70 nests and nearly 7,000 eggs, with 450 hatchlings already making their way to the Arabian Sea and beyond. Since the program’s launch in 2012, the resort has released 44,204 turtle hatchlings, and has invested over US$65,758 in the program.

In the Philippines, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu hosts the first-of-its-kind Shangri-La Eco Trail, a stunning nature route that showcases 65 endemic, medicinal, rare and endangered plants across all 13-hectares of the resort. Guests can spot notable endemic plants including the Cebu Cinnamon, a rare tree discovered in the 1980s, and the Cynometra Cebuensis, an endangered flowering plant recently discovered in the Tabuan forest, both of which are unique to Cebu.

Earth Day 2021 Activities

Shangri-La Group properties around the world will host educational and impactful programs that stress the importance of protecting our earth.

JEN Beijing by Shangri-La’s Trainyard fitness center and Prototype coworking space organized Earth Day events all week to draw attention to ocean conservation. The hotel will host a photography exhibit, a documentary screening if Our Ocean, Our Stories, and a group fitness class that will encourage community members to get involved, celebrate Mother Earth and nourish the body and mind.

Inspired by the La Meso Eco Park tree planting activity in 2019, JEN Manila by Shangri-La will launch the Backyard Vegetable Garden to teach colleagues how to plant their own vegetables and care for an at-home garden. Colleagues will cultivate the garden, learn how to make organic fertilizer, plant seeds and grow and harvest their own produce.

In an effort to protect our oceans, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu has teamed up with Ocean Ripple and Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Cultural Historical Affairs Commission to set a goal to collect 500 kilograms of ocean debris by the end of the year. The goal will begin on Earth Day with a range of programs.

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu will work with a local organization to screen a documentary highlighting the importance of environmental protection. Shangri-La Hotel, Chang Mai will encourage colleagues to participate with a socially-distanced tree planting activity, in which colleagues will plant any tree in their community and upload their contribution online.