UK: The Lamington Group, which owns the sustainable room2 aparthotels, has achieved B Corp status.
The group, which has room2 properties in Chiswick, Hammersmith, Southampton and most recently Belfast, has committed to only build and operate whole life net zero standards since it launched its roadmap in 2021.
Its latest property, the fully electric room2 Belfast opened last month and is currently working towards a WELL Building certificate.
Chris Turner, executive director of B Lab UK (which certifies the B Corp standard), said: “We are delighted to welcome Lamington Group to the B Corp community. This is a movement of companies who are committed to changing how business operates and believe business really can be a power for good. We know that Lamington Group is going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward”.
You can read more about how the accommodation sector can achieve B Corp status in our in-depth chat with B Lab “understanding the process” here.
The Lamington Group has earned B Corp status for its sustainability initiatives and achievements in several areas:
- Its Net Zero Roadmap which encourages other industry leaders to take collective action;
- The launch of room2 Belfast, which has a gold rating in the Green Tourism Award, and Platinum in the Greengage ECOsmart Accreditation;
- The opening of room2 Chiswick in 2021, a whole life net zero offering;
- An internal campaign for team members consisting of monthly events and regular communications such as climate debates, zero waste workshops.
Robert and Stuart Godwin, CEO and managing director of Lamington Group said: “We pride ourselves on using our business as a force for change, and now it’s official. To achieve this status is a huge milestone for us, and reflects our commitment to sustainable hospitality, whilst reaffirming our values to always put people and the planet first.
“We believe that businesses have a responsibility to contribute positively to society and the environment, and this certification affirms our dedication to these principles. As a company, we are dedicated to continuous improvement, so whilst this is an incredible achievement, we know that it is just one step in our journey.”