Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has reinforced its sustainability credentials by launching a new environmental management program, Sandals Earthguard powered by EarthCheck.
The program has been designed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint, improve bottom line efficiencies and increase the benefits host communities receive as a result of sustainable tourism.
SRI has strengthened its existing partnership with EarthCheck – an environmental management, benchmarking and certification company - in order to bring about this significant initiative. EarthCheck was established in 2000 and developed the Green Globe Benchmarking Standard, which Sandals was previously affiliated with.
“The partnership SRI has with EarthCheck provides our group with access to a set of tools and data that is the very best there is out there,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of SRI, in a written release. “With EarthCheck science at the heart of the Sandals Earthguard program, our management team will be able to meet the more complex and demanding reporting needs of a new carbon economy and have better insight into the operational efficiencies of each resort.”
All Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts will undergo regular, third-party auditing. This will assess the standard of operational practices employed in areas such as consumption of natural resources, waste minimization, use of sustainable building techniques and the effectiveness of sponsored community projects.
In order to expand upon its growing sustainability efforts, Sandals Resorts appoints an environmental manager at each resort to oversee the integrity of progressive green programs, which reduce energy and water consumption, improve solid waste and wastewater disposal, prevent air pollution, protect marine life and foster already strong bonds with local communities that have developed through efforts associated with the Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SRI.