HRS Excellence Award
The County Hotel are plesed to announce they have recently won an HRS award for Excellent Social Responsibility. This category involves Demonstrating a positive and sustainable impact of the wider community. Local ethical sourcing, environmental protection and energy conservation. The County Hotel have been persuing an environmental policy for a few years now and we are grateful for the recognition.
The Following is from One recent business challenge or opportunity which the organisation faced, and which has been successfully addressed was to develop and implement a full Social Responsiblity Charter which all staff, guests, suppliers and the wider community can "buy into". A charter with measureable benefits both social and financial building local reputation, reducing waste, power consumption,and giving something back to the local community and local business. Following are details from the RHS website.
How best practice were implemented to address these challenges and opportunities in an innovative way
We have a nominated charity with concerted efforts to raise funds for them both as a Hotel and as members of staff.
Some 65% of all our food produce is now sourced withyin 60 miles, we make every effort to purchase fish from sustainable stocks, we are soon to be accredited with “Freedom Foods”. All our tea and coffee is now accreddited as Rainforest Alliance or Fair Trade.
We have introduced guest information cards to encourage them to help with our efforts
In 2011 we will be in the position of getting some of our power needs through renewable energy supplies
All of the above is regularly monitored reviewed and recorded
The measurable business benefits, both financial and non-financial, which were achieved as a result of these actions
We use less, Gas, Electricity, Water, [down 24%] send less to landfill[down 55%], transport our food and wines shorter distances .
We raise money for national and local charities through recycling As well as asking guest for a donation to our nominated charity on each on-line room reservation
Plant and equipment is new so needs less maintenance, and it is far more
It has helped build staff moral and loyalty, it encourages corporate business
to use our facilities.
In a small way we have helped influence some of our supply chain
We vigorously support local growers and breeders which in turn encourages
local non- residential trade. This has helped us gain an AA rosette
We support local colleges and students, encouraging training and
development which helps our staff needs, and encourages local trade.
As a result our CO2 emissions have fallen by some 30%