UK’s largest hotel business continues to deliver against the objectives of its Force for Good sustainability programme Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel business, has published its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report as part of its commitment to delivering its ambitious Force for Good sustainability programme. The 56-page report
We believe we have a responsibility to help people live and work well. Our sustainability programme, ‘Force for Good’ aims to ensure we have a positive impact on all of our stakeholders and the world around us. Split into three pillars; opportunity, community and responsibility, we’ve made great progress so far and have set long-term strategic targets to continue on our journey.
Our most stretching targets
Net zero by
Eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic by
Cutting food waste
by 50% by
HOSPITALITY APPRENTICESHIP PROVIDER
AS TOP EMPLOYER
Opportunity is all about the people in our business, all 29,000 of us up and down the UK and Germany. Our opportunity pillar aims to set our teams up for success through industry leading training and development, feel proud to work for Whitbread and feel part of a supported, inclusive and diverse workforce.
£ 19 m
RAISED FOR GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY
MEALS DONATED TO CHARITY PARTNERS
It’s crucial that we go above and beyond for the communities we are a part of. The community pillar of our strategy focuses on giving back, whether it’s through volunteering, fundraising or making sure we’re responsible for the wellbeing of our guests through a great night’s sleep and providing healthy and delicious food.
REDUCTION IN CARBON EMISSIONS IN 4 YEARS
SUPPLIERS GIVEN SUSTAINABILITY RISK ASSESSMENT
The Responsibility pillar of Force for Good focuses on doing everything we can to support the world around us. Through driving down our emissions to support global efforts against climate change, collaborating with global supply chains to respect the human rights of workers and making sure our company policies ensure robust governance, we have a responsibility to do business in the right way.
We set key targets and goals under each of these workstreams and you can find out more here
Governance of Force for Good
Governance of our sustainability programme is managed by our core sustainability team, who work closely with stakeholders across the business to deliver and manage progress against our targets.
This team reports into the General Counsel who sits on the Executive Committee and plc Board, enabling quick escalation for any emerging focus areas or issues. For more information on how sustainability is governed at Whitbread, please see our ESG report.
Force for Good in Germany
While some of our targets are already being rolled out across our German business (going Net Zero by 2040 for example!), we are focusing on rolling out an implementation plan for Force for Good in Germany in much more detail. This will address the most material issues for the German market, aligning key objectives under the overarching aim to enable people to live and work well.
Sustainability through our financing
In February we issued £550 million in Green Bonds, an endorsement of the industry-leading work we are already doing to be a more sustainable business. Our green bonds will enable us to use our scale and size to make an increasingly positive difference, whilst ensuring our available debt remains broadly the same. The proceeds from the bonds will be used to fund existing and future green projects across our business including the procurement of renewable energy across our estate, building our hotels to high environmental standards and continuing to ensure our supply chains are certified as sustainable by independent, globally recognised sustainability standards.
Latest sustainability related press releases
Move the latest in a run of sustainability-firsts. The UK’s biggest hospitality company is joining the largest ever global alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest, backed with science-based targets.
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) welcomes its first patients to the new Sight and Sound Centre supported by Premier Inn, the UK’s first dedicated medical facility for children with sight and hearing loss.
Whitbread and Lifetime Training have been named winners of the Learning Excellence Award for 2021. Lifetime and Whitbread entered the awards with their response to continuing to deliver exceptional apprenticeship training amidst the pandemic.
The UK’s largest hospitality company Whitbread has pledged to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2040 – the first UK hotel chain to publicly commit to doing so.