Responsible Business - Let's take responsibility
HOTEL BELIEVES IN IDEALS OF RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS
Taking responsibility for the environment and local community has been an important part of the broader commitment of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 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, cultural heritage, employee and children’s rights, health and safety and environmental improvements.
The hotels are engaged with both local charity groups and the corporate international charity organization supported by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the World Childhood Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to defend the rights of the child and promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children all over the world.
The Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp is a certified safe hotel. In December 2014, Carlson Rezidor became the 1st major international hotel group to use the acclaimed independent Safehotels certification program.
In addition to meeting local regulatory requirements and our internal brand operations and security standards, the property is also independently surveyed. This certification provides a yearly verification by the internationally renowned security consultancy Safehotels Alliance, assuring that our hotel works in a structured way to keep guests safe at all times.
Guests can rest easy knowing The Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp has updated safety and security procedures, training programs and incident response protocols to face any situation that may occur.
Examples of our RB activities
- All traditional light bulbs replaced with energy-efficient bulbs
- Auctions to benefit Mothers for Mothers, a local initiative to help young mothers and children in need
- Building awareness among guests about methods to save water and energy (offering the option to reuse towels, for example)
- Dedicated RB coordinator and energy manager
- Money collection for the World Childhood Foundation during September
- Optimization of energy-consuming equipment
- RB training during introductory staff training and as part of follow-up training to build employee awareness
- Sorting of glass, cardboard, hazardous material and organic waste, and separated bins in the lobby for guest use
- Water-saving shower heads and flow-restricting filters in taps
- Working with suppliers to reduce and reuse delivery materials
- Automatically purchased carbon credits at no cost to the planner
- Offsets through renewable energy in India plus the planting of 1 tree in Kenya
- Calculation of offsets based on the energy use of your meeting or event
It will take 1 year for the bees to produce surplus honey that can be harvested and then incorporated into the Square Brasserie & Terrace's dining menu.
“Bees play such an important role in pollinating plants that it is very important we do what we can to help the species and provide them with a healthy environment in which they can thrive,” said Dominique Jansen, Director of Sales. “Using locally sourced ingredients is at the heart of what we do in Radisson Blu Astrid, so once the honey is ready, we will incorporate this into dishes on our menu, allowing us to add even more local flavor.
Herbs on the Roof
Herbs on the Roof
With this project, our aim is to empower guests to take action. When a guest books one of the rooms, part of the money will be donated to Europa Donna, the European Breast Cancer Coalition that works to raise breast cancer awareness and mobilize the support of European women. The organization strives to improve breast cancer education, screenings and optimal treatment and to increase funding for research.
Green Key Certification
Green Key Certification
The hotel seeks to promote sustainability without compromising comfort. The Green Key lets guests know they’re staying at an ecologically friendly hotel, and it spurs the hotel to analyze and implement policies to promote sustainability. Money saved from sustainable management is used to further improve guest service.