Making these properties environmentally sustainable without compromising on luxury was not an easy task to begin with. The management said it took five years of continuous benchmarking and reporting under the EarthCheck international standard, to become internationally recognized in sustainability reporting.
The nine properties that have been Gold certified include
Speaking with The wp Journal, Raymond Bic Speaking with The wp Journal, Raymond Bickson, MD and CEO, The Taj Group of Hotels, said, “The Taj Group reiterates its focus on energy and water conservation and societal development. The milestones achieved today reaffirm and demonstrate our commitment towards building sustainable livelihoods. Our goals are also in line with the Tata ethos of keeping communities at the heart of doing business.”
Said Stewart Moore, CEO, EarthCheck and EC3 Global, “What is commendable is that the Taj Group has maintained this benchmarking for five years without wavering while some other hotel groups have dipped in and out of the sustainability space.”
In a recently concluded sustainability round table, the Group further elaborated its vision for corporate sustainability and community development initiatives. The group has committed to set new benchmarks in global sustainability and social responsibility in all its upcoming 41 new projects that will be launched in the next four years (2014-2018).