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Fortuna Hotel Hanoi launches 'Green Missions' campaign

Released at: 15:31, 02/10/2019

Fortuna Hotel Hanoi launches 'Green Missions' campaign

Mr. Roger Chng - General Director of Fortuna Hotel Hanoi/ Photo: Thuy Duong

Campaign to minimize environmental impact and build a green community.

by Jessica Nguyen

The Fortuna Hotel Hanoi launched its Green Missions Campaign on October 1, to minimize its environmental impact and build a green community.

“The difference in Green Missions is the close connection of three factors: Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG),” General Director Mr. Roger Chng said at the launch ceremony. “The program is not only aimed at stand-alone environmental protection activities but also goes deeper to consider the impact of these activities on personnel and corporate governance. For example, the Fortuna has replaced all disposable plastic bottles at conferences and seminars with glasses. Although the cost of glasses is higher and more labor-intensive to manage and partly affects revenue and profits, it is a sustainable and reasonable direction to take and consistent with the long-term development direction of the hotel.”

The hotel’s practical actions for sustainable development and environmental protection include ending the use of disposable water bottles in meeting rooms and conference rooms; switching from plastic ballpoint pens to pencils; changing bathroom toiletries from disposable plastic bottles to a large capacity plastic pitcher; changing all plastic straws to stainless steel straws; ending the use of plastic stirrers; ending the use of plastic bags for wrapping and making cakes; and minimizing the use of disposable gloves.

By switching the use of “one-time” plastic containers to more environmentally-friendly ones, the amount of plastic products used in the hotel was reduced sharply during the last year. It has already cut 238,860 plastic water bottles, 19,100 plastic pens, 73,000 plastic straws, 36,648kg of plastic bags, 91,575 plastic yogurt boxes, and 36,000 plastic amenities.

By 2021, the goal of the Fortuna Hotel Hanoi is to replace all disposable plastic and reduce the use of recycled plastic to 30 per cent.

ESG is a term and concept first proposed in 2004, in the study “Who Cares Wins” by the UN Global Compact, published in June 2004, to unite investors and analysts in the research of interaction between environmental, social, and governance issues.

To date, ESG investment activities are estimated to exceed $20 trillion, equivalent to one-quarter of all professionally-managed assets in the world. ESG is therefore a very important criterion in evaluating the management ability, strategy, and management quality of enterprises. Criteria include environmental factors, including resources management, fuel savings, emissions reduction, plastic waste, and limiting factors causing environmental pollution; social factors such as labor safety, health, human rights, and community development; and governance factors, including vision, development strategies, and management effectiveness.

However, in reality, many businesses in Vietnam still have difficulty implementing, conducting, and managing ESG. This is no small challenge, especially when the environmental effects are becoming evident in Vietnam, especially in big cities. Fortuna Hotel Hanoi is one of the first hotels in town to launch such a strong and practical campaign to protect the environment.

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