Although 2020 was challenging for the tourism sector as a whole, collectively Six Senses achieved its sustainability targets once again, thanks to the commitment of its hosts, their families, local community partners, and guests too.
For Six Senses, sustainability is only the first step in establishing a reciprocal relationship with local ecosystems, communities and cultures. Going beyond protection, acting as a regenerative business adds value to all local stakeholders (whether human, animal or plant) with the ultimate aim of Six Senses giving back more than it takes. Recognizing that it is no use talking about positive impacts without tracking them, here are the latest figures reported for 2020.
2020 Impacts Outside the Property (Community):
-More than 17,000 local community members, hosts and their families supported positive impact events, with an extra 4,317 guests helping out.
-In fact, hosts dedicated around 2,000 hours to volunteering in their local communities.
-Passing the legacy on to younger generations, 4,195 local people gained access to education and skills training.
-Installing water filters meant 111,385 people received clean drinking water and sanitation.
-A further 536,240 people benefited from improved access to healthcare programs and provision of medical equipment.
2020 Impacts Outside the Property (Environment)
Going beyond protection into habitat restoration, 26 hectares (260,555 square meters) of habitat is now secure, which is enough to cover 36 soccer pitches. This includes planting coral (820 fragments), protecting turtle eggs (2,792 hatchlings) and measuring the increase in target wildlife species (675).
Perhaps the most heartening of all is the ramp up in efforts to protect 10 species that are listed as endangered or critically endangered. Six Senses now works to save marine life (green and hawksbill turtles, ornate eagle rays, gray reef sharks, whale sharks, giant guitarfish and Napoleon wrasses), land animals (Fijian crested iguanas and black-shanked douc langurs) and bird life (Bali starlings).
2020 Impacts Inside the Property
From candles to cleaning solutions, sustainability is the byword for every department in every resort. Farm-to-table initiatives encompass the organic kitchen gardens, farms and mushroom huts and water is produced on site. Six Senses works with local suppliers to eliminate the use of plastic packaging and food miles and its circular economy approach encompasses the “6 Rs”: rethink, responsible, respect, refuse, reuse and recycle.
-Renewable electricity generated exceeded 370,788 kWh, enough to power 15 World Cup soccer matches.
-617,102 glass bottles of home-produced water were given to guests.
-88,724 organic eggs were served in restaurants along with 195,602 pounds (88,724 kilograms) of organic vegetables (roughly the weight of 51 camels).
134,082 pounds (60,819 kilograms) of compost was produced to enrich the soil.
In the past year, even when closed to guests, properties were very supportive of local efforts to relieve the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, for example by donating food 4,731 pounds (2,146 kilograms), and supplies (benefiting 3,515 people), and volunteering their time (1,500 hours and counting).
Positive Impacts Start with Meaningful Actions
Each Six Senses resort and hotel features an Earth Lab, dedicated to engagement and innovation, which promotes sustainable living in inspirational ways. The space is used to host workshops that empower guests and community members to learn about and connect more closely with the natural world. To highlight some of the daily activities, Six Senses has been running an Earth Lab Live campaign from April 1 until Earth Day on April 22 via its corporate Instagram channel.
For example, Mr. Sustainability checked in (and is not checking out) at Six Senses Douro Valley on day 3 to highlight “only with balance can we thrive”. On day 8, Six Senses Krabey Island reported how they actively supported Ream Primary School during the pandemic, particularly with clean water and handwashing stations. Resorts have also produced “how to” videos, with Six Senses Kocataş Mansions showing how to make candles at home on day 12 and Jennifer Klar, Corporate Sustainability Manager at the home office, demonstrating DIY beeswax wraps on day 19. Some great “aww” moments were caught on camera too, with Six Senses Ninh Van Bay showing how its population of critically endangered black-shanked douc langurs is thriving on the property on day 9 and Six Senses Con Dao sharing how specially trained hosts care for the eggs of the endangered Green Turtle before releasing the hatchlings on day 15. All days are available to watch via the Six Senses IGTV.
… And Lead to Prestigious Awards
The brand’s dedication to sustainability, conservation and ethical environmental practices has been recently recognized in Travel + Leisure’s Global Vision Awards. The honor highlights 30 individuals, companies and organizations that proactively protect communities and environments and inspire industry colleagues and travelers to do their part.
Six Senses Laamu’s Education and Community Outreach Manager Adam Tholhath has also been recognized on the global stage at last year’s Stelliers awards for inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards. Adam received his Stelliers Award for the Sustainable Hotelier of the year during the Virtual Award Ceremony.
… And Partnerships
As the first hospitality partner of the SustainChain™ change engine, Six Senses is running a Masters in Sustainability masterclass. This informal and uplifting event will cover the small personal changes that can make a global difference. It is open to everyone and will run on Wednesday April 28 at 11:00 am EST / 4:00 pm GMT. Save your spot.
About Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas manages 16 hotels and resorts and 25 spas in 19 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas, and has signed a further 31 properties into the development pipeline. Six Senses is part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts family.
Six Senses Hotels and Resorts: a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, emotional hospitality, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the vision remains the same: to reawaken people’s senses so they feel the purpose behind their travels and ultimately reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.
Six Senses Spas: a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 10 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.
Six Senses Residences: indulgent living as nature intended, providing all the unique amenities of a resort life community, while retaining the intimacy and personal touches of a beautifully-appointed private villa or apartment. Each is an appreciating long-term investment to be cherished for generations to come with immediate benefits including fine dining, pioneering wellness programming and exclusive status at other resorts worldwide.
Evason: a strong value focus with a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love, while sharing the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised social and environmental responsibility.