Corporate responsibility values are deeply ingrained in Mandarin Oriental’s culture, and the Group is committed to providing a Naturally Better environment – one that is better for the planet, the community, and its guests.
One of the company’s key guiding principles is ‘Acting with Responsibility’, and with this in mind, Mandarin Oriental has introduced a Meeting with Purpose initiative to offer meeting planners a selection of corporate social responsibility experiences that can be incorporated into a meeting agenda, with the aim of providing participants with purposeful involvement in home-grown sustainability efforts.
Mandarin Oriental hotels in all destinations are working closely with their local communities in order to offer a meaningful selection of both paid and complimentary CSR activities that can be added to any meeting itinerary, from supporting the National Parks in Singapore to cleaning the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Examples include the following:
- At Mandarin Oriental, Paris guests can opt to purchase pastries served at meeting breaks, with the resulting proceeds donated to local charity Food to Go. Guests can also opt to donate one percent of an event invoice to ‘A Chacun Son Everest’ a local cancer charity focused on caring for children and women recovering from cancer.
- At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London guests can donate their time by joining the hotel’s chefs in the kitchen to prepare, cook and pack food for collection and delivery to those in need. Guests can also volunteer their time to assist with customer retail at Oxfam Stores located throughout London.
- At Mandarin Oriental, Dubai guests can contribute to an art studio for individuals with special needs and create a piece of artwork for their company. Guests can also work with a social enterprise at an Emirates Bio Farm to plant and preserve the UAEs national Ghaf trees.
“We are pleased that our hotels have responded with enthusiasm to this meaningful initiative to offer meeting participants a valuable way to give back to the local communities when they visit,” said Christoph Mares, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Operating Officer. “Including an option for attendees to give back and support the local environment and society, will add a positive purpose to any meeting agenda,” he added.
About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 33 hotels and seven residences in 23 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
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