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TOPIC: Initiatives on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Initiative

Life, our green project

Life, our green project
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MITSIS HOTELS

With 17 hotels in the most beautiful destinations of Greece, Mitsis Hotels has been a tourism pioneer for over 40 years now offering excellent service, great locations, impeccable facilities, sophisticated dining and a broad spectrum of options for its clientele, following  the Sustainable Development requirements.


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Objective Action

In the light of a new era, we are constantly looking out for new growth prospects, creating new brands and services, leading technology, steering sustainability and coupling our progress with the development of the local communities and the environment in which we operate. We aim to provide high quality services meanwhile staying true to our social responsibility ensuring ethos and transparency in all our operations.
 

 

Target Audience

We support and cooperate with local enterprises, the regional communities and their residents with a view to protecting local culture, customs and traditions, enhancing their spiritual, social and cultural advancement and ensuring their overall prosperity. We collaborate with NGOs, we support environmental initiatives taken by local organisations and we urge our employees and guests to engage with those actions.

 

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Description

As Greece’s largest privately-owned hotel chain, Mitsis Hotels has been a tourism pioneer for over 40 years now, making its own mark on Greece’s tourist industry, driven by a customer-centered philosophy and the promise of an unparalleled holiday experience.

In this context, our Group perceives sustainability as the key lever of business growth. In recent years, we implement a comprehensive environmental awareness and social responsibility strategy, adopting energy, water and raw materials saving projects to channel economic benefits and preserve the natural resources and carry out developments according to the needs of local communities.

We support the 2030 Agenda as part of our steadfast commitment to driving progress in society. Each one of our sustainability pillars comprises a set of ambitions, medium-term objectives, and annual lines of action. Guided by our 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we commit to creating positive and sustainable impact wherever we do business. We nurture our local communities, we sustain our unique destinations, we empower social and economic growth while we welcome more than 350,000 guests annually.

The group is committed to embedding environmental sustainability in the hospitality and tourism sector. In the light of a new era, we are constantly looking out for new growth prospects, creating new brands and services, leading technology, steering sustainability and coupling our progress with the development of the local communities and the environment in which we operate in cooperation and ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders. 

With an ever-increasing interest in the principles of sustainable development, we are committed to implementing policies and practices that create value and are more community and environment friendly.

“LIFE”, our overarching green project, is guiding all our environmental policies, local activities, social initiatives and awareness campaigns.

Always seeking to be flexible and adaptable to individual customer needs and the mindset of new generations, our practices for sustainability and human rights are designed to meet the needs of an ever-growing customer base with social and environmental awareness. To this end, we set a steady path to sustainable development by participating in ecological and social activities designed to ensure the well-being of our visitors and employees.

To this end, it participates in several national & international standards & Sustainable Development initiatives:

  • Agenda 2030 & Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 & ISO 22000
  • Travelife Gold Certification
  • Green Key eco-label
  • Blue Flag eco-label
  • Sustainability Performance Directory
  • Bravo Sustainability Dialogue & Awards
  • Marketing Greece
  • Bike Friendly certification
  • In the process of Safe Water Sports certification

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Impact on Society

We march forward for sustainable hospitality with innovative ways of managing water, energy and chemical consumption. We aim to provide high quality services meanwhile staying true to our social responsibility ensuring ethos and transparency in all our operations. Our mission is to recycle 100% of the garbage we produce, go 100% green and leave zero footprint on the environment to ensure a better planet that we all deserve.

Achievements

  • Production of drinking water by the method of reverse osmosis and recycling of the produced water by 100%.
  • Replacement of all electrical lighting equipment with 25,000 LED lamps.
  • Recycling program and results:
    • 106,798 kg of cardboard - paper
    • 33,083 kg of plastic
    • 201,227 kilos of glass
    • 16,558 kg of metal and aluminum
    • 540 kg light bulbs - electrical equipment
    • 334 kg batteries
    • 6,545 kg of oils - fats
  • Gradual replacement of mechanical refrigeration and air conditioning equipment with environmental criteria and ecological coolants.

Investments

  • 23.5 million euros in facilities & equipment modernization focusing on sustainable development.
  • Three-year plan of 100 million euros for the complete upgrade of our 17 complexes and
    services.



Initiative Location

Athens, Crete, Kamena Vourla, Kos and Rhodes.


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Workers Participation

Mitsis Hotels’ agenda for the future consists a comprehensive plan for increasing human well-being, creating truly sustainable and inclusive economies while ensuring the prosperity of communities. Working in partnerships, we accelerate progress towards sustainable development, enrich the cultural prosperity and succeed in our quest to leave no local community behind. The key to a shared, prosperous and sustainable future is knitting together the social, economic and environmental dimensions in our policies and future development. Within the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility, our Group contributes to the economic development of its local communities, supports and cooperates with local businesses and stakeholders as well as the local community in order to protect local culture, heritage and traditions, intellectual, social and cultural development and the wider prosperity of local societies.

Our major actions:

  • Blue Flag Week
  • Beach cleanups & coastal cleanups in collaboration with ‘KOS WE CARE’
  • Protected birds of Kos in collaboration with the Hellenic Ornithological Society
  • Local tree plantings
  • Reforestation in Apollakia Village, Rhodes
  • Sustainable kids’ recreational programme
  • Local & rural roads embellishment

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Benefits for Οrganization

The green agenda is an integral part of Mitsis Hotels operation. Our path to sustainable development is evolving day by day through open dialogue with all stakeholders within our corporate environment. At the same time, the gradual transformation of our hotels’ operations to ensure the preservation and protection of the natural environment and our constant contribution to the local communities empower our responsible corporate citizenship. As a result, for its remarkable performance, Mitsis Hotels has been awarded several prizes by local and international tour operators and travel organisations in recognition of the high quality of the services provided, its innovation practices, its respect for the environment and its contribution to upgrading local tourism.




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