Corporate Social Responsibility
The Langham, Melbourne: Environmental Best Practice Hotel of the Year
Corporate Social Responsibility has been integral to the Group’s business ever since the Group’s founding in 1963. Our commitment to CSR stems from a core belief that our business will prosper as the community and environment around us flourish.
As a founding Council Member of the Business Environment Council, the Group has long committed to keeping the environmental footprint of our properties to a minimum, both during the initial design and construction phases, as well as throughout the life of the building. The HK BEAM (Hong Kong Buildings Environmental Assessment Method) Society has certified two properties owned and/or managed by the Group – Great Eagle Centre and Langham Place Office Tower – even awarding the latter the Society’s highest “Excellent” rating. Since the completion of Langham Place Mall in 2004, continued innovation has facilitated energy savings of nearly 25% and the reduction of more than 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Such energy savings have been achieved through retrofits and other measures, such as the installation of T5 fluorescent tubes; Variable Speed Drives for chilled water plants, chilled water pumps, air handling units, and carpark ventilation systems; Temperature Reset for chilled water supply and Fresh Air On-Demand Control for air handling units. Furthermore, collection areas have been set up at each of our Hong Kong commercial properties to encourage tenants to separate and recycle paper products, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, batteries, halogen or fluorescent lamps, and other recyclable materials. To encourage patrons to use environmentally- friendly modes of transport, at least one electric vehicle recharging station was installed at each of our Hong Kong commercial properties in 2010.
Great Eagle Holdings Limited
Our concern for the environment extends into our hotel business. At Langham Hotels International, the “Guests of the Earth” and “Green Team” programmes promote active participation, learning and awareness of environmental protection for hotel guests and staff respectively. The EC3 Global EarthCheck Programme – an independent auditing and monitoring service for the travel and tourism industry – has, as of January 2011, awarded five of our hotels “Certified Silver” status, and another three hotels “Benchmarked Bronze” status. Local governments and industry associations have also recognized our passion for and efforts in environmental protection with numerous prestigious awards. To wit, in 2010, Langham Place Hotel Hong Kong received the Gold Award in the Hotels and Restaurant Sector of the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence, and The Langham Melbourne was named Environmental Best Practice Hotel of the Year for the State of Victoria in Australia.
The Group relies on talented and committed professionals to operate its array of businesses. In addition to offering a generous compensation and benefits package, the Group provides training opportunities to staff of all levels. Frontline property management staff receive regular occupational health and safety training tailored to their particular work environment. Corporate Training and Executive Development Programmes are provided to the Group’s middle and senior management staff so that they can continually develop their leadership skills. Aside from the training programmes organized by the Group, education subsidies are offered to encourage staff to pursue continuing education with accredited tertiary academic institutions.
Group-sponsored painting event