Responsible Business - Let's take responsibility!
Hotel practices Responsible Business
Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of Carlson Rezidor's broader commitment to sustainable development for many years. In 2001, this commitment was fortified and placed within the scope of a program called Responsible Business (RB). Each hotel has a unique RB Action Plan covering areas such as community outreach, environmental improvement, employee well-being and health and safety.
The hotel is engaged with both local charity groups, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Latvija and Carlson Rezidor's corporate international charity organisation, the World Childhood Foundation. RHMC Latvija is operating Care Mobile, a clinic on wheels for children under 18. They are in close cooperation with some of the best doctors in the country and different municipalities in order to provide planned medical care for kids who are unable to visit medical specialists. The mission of Childhood is to defend the rights of the child and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.
Hotel receives Green Key and Green Light certificates
The Green Key is an international eco-label for leisure and tourism establishments. Organizations are awarded the Green Key according to technical management criteria and criteria on communication. On-site checks are performed regularly on all Green Key owners.
Green Light is an ongoing voluntary program where private and public organizations make a committment to the European Commission to reduce their lighting energy usage, thus reducing polluting emissions. Green Light was launched in February 2000.
Responsible Business activities and achievements of the hotel:
- Building Management System to ensure energy-efficient operation of technical systems
- Collecting used batteries and fluorescent bulbs
- Constant upgrade of ventilation and cooling systems in order to save energy
- Main switch of each guest room operated with key-card in order to reduce electricity consumption
- Monitoring and measuring consumption of water and electricity
- Ongoing change to low-energy bulbs and LED
- Preventive maintenance program in order to save electricity and water
- Exchanging towels only on guest request (if dropped on the floor)
- Pre-sorting waste and reducing the volume of it by involving employees and guests
- Providing ongoing Responsible Business training for all employees
- Donating food packages, household goods, clothes, toys, shoes and baby clothes from hotel employees to disabled people, indigent people and families in the regional establishment Inčukalna, an association for disabled and indigent people
- Donating small bathroom amenities (shampoos, conditioners, slippers, etc.) to orphanages Integration Centre Bērnu Oāze (association "Orphans Car Centre, Together With Us"); Tiskādu Orphanage and Baltinavas Christian Special boarding school
- Donating pillows and protective sheets to State Social Care Centre „Rīga”
- Donating blankets, linen and terry to old people`s home in Ērgļi regional community
- Donating old beds and bed-toppers to State Fire Department and State Social Care Centre „Rīga”
- Regular donations of textiles and toys to the local Red Cross
- In September 2012 all Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the Baltics, in cooperation with the Baltic Miles loyalty program, donated almost 5000 household items for people in need
- Encouraging business partners to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Latvija and Care Mobile
- Monthly participation with Malta Cross Soup Kitchen
- Supporting charity organisation "Festivālu fonds"
- In August 2013 the Radisson Blu cycling team organized a charity cycling ride, The Baltic Way, and raised EUR 10 000. This money was handed over to Ronald McDonald House Charities Latvija and will be used to provide health care for more than 300 children in Latvija. The team cycled 750 kilometers in 5 days from Vilnius to Tallinn through all 3 Baltic States.
- On September 2013, in cooperation with the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia and the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, the hotel organized an afternoon for children from “Ziemeļi” orphanage. They took a tour, watched the movie Epic and had a light lunch in one of the conference rooms.
- Hosted Big Cleaning Day on April 25, 2014 together with Radisson Blu Hotels in Riga. The University Children’s Hospital property was cleaned of leaves.
- During Responsible Business Action Month in September 2014, we offered our guests the opportunity to participate in Responsible Business activities using the “Green Housekeeping” program, which promotes a break from housekeeping services for the day.
- In September 2014 the Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel came together with the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia and the Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel to support charity organization Ziedot.lv and their project “For the little hearts’’ for children who are suffering from diseases that prevent them from experiencing the joy of movement. Kids and their families were invited to enjoy an afternoon full of activities and creative workshops in order to help them escape their daily routine and spend quality time with their loved ones. Over the course of a few hours they had a chance to see panorama of Riga from Radisson Blu Latvia Hotel’s 27th floor, enjoy a sand performance and story about Riga, participate in painting workshops with a little help from a professional painter, see a Miks Dukurs mini concert (a well known singer amongst teenagers) and finally watch the movie RIO 2 on a big screen. All these activities and tasty snacks created a great combination of positive emotions and smiles.
- To promote a healthy lifestyle, nearly 40 employees from Radisson Blu Hotels in Riga spent a sunny Sunday together and showed great team spirit during the annual Nike Riga Run in September 2014. The main reason why Radisson Blu hotels joined forces was to support Ziedot.lv – the biggest charity organization in Latvia and their project “For the little hearts!’’. Besides the fact that all participation fees was donated to ‘’Little hearts’’ and their rehabilitation, a tent was set up to serve tasty snacks to the children and their families so they could enjoy this day even more.
- Blood donation day for Radisson Blu hotels in Riga – we invited a specially equipped bus from the State Blood Donor Centre to give employees the opportunity to donate their blood and help (September 2014).
- To support children from "Ziemeļi" orphanage, the Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel offers guests the chance to purchase picture frames made from natural materials, including photos, which have been collected, put together and made by the children. All profits from sold pieces of art go directly to their creators.