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Hilton Worldwide Launch New Soap Recycling Project in Singapore

Categories: Asia, Case Study, Chemical, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Planet, Southeast
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Hilton Worldwide launch new soap recycling project in Singapore

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Hilton Worldwide, Soap Cycling, DHL Global Forwarding, and United World College South East Asia Students partner to launch soap recycling program in Singapore

On average, less than half a soap bar gets used by guests at the Hilton Singapore. In the meantime, thousands of underprivileged families in Asia – especially in South Asia – cannot afford to buy soap.  Furthermore, almost 600,000 children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday, because of infections like diarrhoea and pneumonia. It is for these reasons that access to adequate hygiene facilities is increasingly seen as a fundamental human right.

To try and answer this need, and reduce waste, Hilton Worldwide collaborated with Soap Cycling, Asia’s first soap recycling NGO; DHL Global Forwarding, leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia; and a group of passionate students at the United World College to recycle its bars of soap.

Since June 2014, Hilton Singapore and Conrad Centennial Singapore have begun collecting used bars of soap from guest rooms. These soap bars are then picked up by DHL Global Forwarding, who transports them to Soap Cycling’s processing warehouse in Hong Kong. There, the soap is processed into new bars of soap. These are then transported by NGOs to vulnerable communities in the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and other countries across Asia.

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Marriott Supports Education Initiatives in China

Categories: Accommodations, Asia, Case Study, East, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Private Sector
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Marriott supports education initiatives in China

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Marriott supports Yao Foundation with $800,000 to build three ‘Hope’ schools in rural China

Marriott International has signed a three-year agreement with the Yao Foundation to support educational programmes for children in rural areas of China. The Yao Foundation is a charity organisation established in 2008 by former professional basketball star Yao Ming under the auspices of The China Youth Development Foundation. The charity aims to promote the all-round development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem.

When asked why youth is a priority for Marriott’s charitable contributions in China, the company stated:

Marriott International has a heritage of putting people first and opening doors to a world of opportunity for its guests, partners and associates. The key to making this happen is education, especially for the younger generations. The youth is the future of China which is playing a more important role in the global arena and Marriott feels it is important to support the youth and therefore the future of the country.

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Penang Children Learn about Turtle Conservation at Rasa Sayang Resort

Categories: Asia, Case Study, Human Capital Development, People and Places, Southeast
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Penang children learn about turtle conservation at Rasa Sayang Resort

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang recently held its first interactive and educational turtle conservation programme for 80 primary school children from SJK (C) Eok Hua and SJK (C) Pai Chai.

“Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is pleased to give back to the local community of Batu Feringgi, where we operate, as well as Teluk Bahang, where many of our staff are from. We designed a fun and interactive Sanctuary Programme, with lots of games, recycled art and storytelling aided by simple visuals.  The objective of the Sanctuary Programme is to educate the school kids, who are our future leaders.  But more importantly, we hope to empower them to take action, be it now as a child, or later as an adult,” said Elizabeth Liew, the resort’s corporate social responsibility manager.

The session kicked off with a simple “Getting to know PenYu”, which translates to “Getting to know your friend”, during which the facilitator, Carrol Marie Lawrence, introduced the four endangered turtle species found in Malaysia alongside other turtle facts.

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The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake underlined their commitment to young people and the local community with the launch of their Youth Career Initiative (YCI) programme.

The hotel is one of three official participating hotels in Vietnam to run the Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program in 2013.

Speaking at the launch General Manager, Mr. Adam McDonald said InterContinental were ‘delighted’ to be involved with the programme. He said, “We are very supportive of programmes that develop local talent. InterContinental prides itself on being part of its local community as does IHG, with our “IHG Academy” which is a worldwide initiative to grow local talent.”

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Sukau’s Local Naturalist Guides

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Sukau’s Local Naturalist Guides

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Sukau Rainforest Lodge at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia employs 14 staff, of whom 11 are locals

In September last year; the lodge took on its first local Orang Sungai naturalist guides, Jaini Ahmad and Sugiman Sugiat joined the lodge as general workers in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Neither could speak English when they arrived but with in-house training and courses in English, they were able to upgrade their skills before undertaking a three-week course on nature guiding in Kota Kinabalu.

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Engaging Employees

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Getting started: Why engage your employees?

According to a recent survey from Brighter Planet, which works with organisations to help reduce their carbon footprint, 86% of respondents said they were not engaged by their employers on sustainability, even though the same number said it was promoted by their organisation. So how do businesses bridge the gap?

Eating according to the seasons has for many people been largely consigned to the past now that you can buy produce, such as strawberries and asparagus, year-round thanks to refrigeration, heated greenhouses and global transportation. These methods create “food miles” (the distance the food has travelled from producer to consumer); every single mile adds to the food’s carbon footprint.

Capturing the hearts and minds of employees and getting them to believe in sustainable or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies is the Holy Grail of managers and human resources personnel. Without commitment from the workforce, the success of a company’s sustainability policies is likely to have limited impact. Creating an organisational culture that encourages staff to actively pursue energy-saving, waste-minimisation and ethical practices through emotional engagement is key to helping a business reach its sustainability goals. If employees’ values reflect the company’s values, and if staff believe that the company genuinely cares about the same things they do, they will be more motivated and productive. In fact, a recent poll by Gallup Consulting of more than 125 businesses found that those with highly engaged staff have 18% greater productivity and 12% higher profitability.

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Ready, Set, Go! Factsheet: Cash Flow

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When a crisis event first affects your business, it’s important to develop or revise your budget. Budgets are the expected future activities of a business, measured in financial terms. They are a kind of financial summary of all anticipated plans and actions for the business such as marketing, staffing, human resources and operations.

by EC3 Global, University of Queensland School of Tourism

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Ready, Set, Go! Factsheet: Cash Flow

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Dart River Jet Safaris operates in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque mountainous wilderness areas, on the outskirts of Queenstown. While jet boating requires the use of fossil fuels in order to power the boats, this Maori owned and operated company leverages advancements in fuel injection technologies, and driver training.

by EarthCheck Pty Ltd

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This report examines the current issues relating to individuals intending to start-up a nature-based tour operation using public land. Specifically, the study focuses on the challenges these individuals face and the type of support required from the early stages to actual business establishment.

by Sue Bergin-Seers, John Breen, Elspeth Frew and Linda Roberts

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Examining the Critical Success Factors of Small Operators: Entry to the Nature-based Tourism Sector

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The recognition that small to medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) are a vital part of the tourism sector emphasises the importance of ensuring that their communication, learning and information dissemination and acquisition practices are as efficient as possible. This is especially the case since SMTEs are often under-resourced and time poor. Currently, our understanding of these practices and their implications for improving information provision and utilisation in SMTEs is limited. This research starts to address this gap and further our understanding of the information, communication and training needs of this sector of the tourism industry.

by John Breen, Brian King and Elizabeth Walker

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Engaging Tourism Enterprises: How Operators Source Information for Business Improvement

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