RIU Hotels & Resorts updates sustainability strategy

by: Felicity Cousins | February 8, 2024

SPAIN: RIU Hotels & Resorts has released its updated sustainability strategy, Proudly Committed. 

Proudly Committed marks the path that the company will follow from 2024 to 2026.

Taking the lead for the next stage of the sustainability strategy, RIU Hotels & Resorts’ Board of Directors will define the projects carried out under each of the four pillars and monitor them to ensure they achieve their target.

The first pillar is Community and Sustainable Destinations – to continue contributing to the prosperity of the communities where RIU operates and the goal for 2026 is to have a major project across all destinations.

The second pillar is Environment – to minimise the company’s environmental footprint and move towards an increasingly circular business model and achieve RIU’s decarbonisation plan to make the company carbon-neutral. Current progress includes reducing CO2 emissions by 27 per cent in 2023. RIU also aspires to have a flagship biodiversity project in each destination and supports projects that protect native species such as turtles and corals, as well as initiatives related to circularity and waste reduction. We asked RIU for more details on these initiatives and what the goal for emissions reduction was for this year. We will update this story when the group responds.

The third pillar is People – to promote talent and training. RIU wants to “continue providing its teams with career opportunities so they are motivated to work towards a more satisfying professional and personal life.”

The fourth pillar is Transparency — RIU will check compliance and focus on the certification of hotels. The goal is for all of RIU’s hotels to hold a sustainability certification. We have asked which certifications the group is aiming for and why. We will update this story when we get a response.

In 2022 the group switched to 100 per cent renewable energy across its Spanish hotels and headquarters.

Riu Hotels & Resorts switches to renewable energy

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