Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia have achieved EarthCheck Master and Platinum Certification levels, meaning Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is the only hotel chain in the world to have six resorts currently holding Master Certification from EarthCheck, a leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism.
In addition to its six resorts holding Master Certification, the hotel chain has six resorts with Platinum Certification, three certified Gold and three holding Silver Certification.
Achieving EarthCheck Master Certification is confirmation that the resorts have consistently measured and benchmarked their annual environmental performance against their peers over a 15-year period and have had their systems and data independently examined and verified by a third party auditor. To achieve Platinum Certification, properties would have maintained this standard for 10 years.
Sandals Resorts International has implemented numerous environmental programmes to better streamline and manage its operations. These include energy conservation initiatives and waste and water management programmes, all of which fall under the remit of the company’s Environment, Health and Safety Division. Each resort has a dedicated Environment, Health and Safety Manager charged with implementing and managing sustainable programmes and ensuring that the resort adheres to internationally-accepted operating standards.
“Sandals has confirmed its position as a true worldwide leader in responsible tourism, and a genuine source of inspiration to the international tourism community,” EarthCheck Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Moore said. “The group and its passionate staff play an integral role in motivating their guests and community to make a difference, from embedding programmes into local schools to celebrating novel ways to reuse trash.”