Whitbread’s new 195-bedroom Premier Inn hotel which is fully powered by renewable energy has been named the winner of the Edie Built Environment Project of the Year award.
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, the communities we are part of and the world around us. Split into three pillars, Opportunity, Community and Responsibility, we have made great progress so far but know there is lots of work to do and have set stretching targets to help us meet our goals.
Our most stretching targets
Net zero targets validated 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 35,000 across the UK and Germany. This pillar aims to set our teams up for success through industry leading training and development, ensuring team member wellbeing is considered in everything we do, helping teams to feeling proud to work for Whitbread and championing inclusivity across the organisation and improving diversity.
£ 22 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 INTENSITY IN 6 YEARS
SUPPLIERS GIVEN SUSTAINABILITY RISK ASSESSMENT
The Responsibility pillar focuses on doing everything we can to support the world around us. Through driving down our carbon emissions and reducing waste, to 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 the right way.
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 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 2021 we issued £550 million in Green Bonds, an endorsement of our sustainability strategy and enabling us to demonstrate further how our ESG programmes is embedded within our core commercial functions. In the first year we allocated over £400 million to green projects across the business including the procurement of renewable energy, building our hotels to high environmental standards, and continuing to ensure our key commodities are certified as sustainable to globally recognised standards.