Ronald Hoogerbrugge, Hotel Director at the InterContinental Düsseldorf said: “’Responsible Business’ is more than a statement or buzzword for us. As a leading business and meetings hotel we have a special responsibility towards our customers, guests, employees, the environment and the society. With innovative ideas and in cooperation with third parties we live our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, which is based on the following pillars: environmental, social, health and safety. We are proud of the award, which is a testament to the commitment of our team.”
The InterContinental Düsseldorf works with Green Engage, IHG’s own global environmental program to reduce its carbon footprint. The hotel has implemented green solutions aimed at reducing energy, water and waste usage, lowering carbon emissions, reducing operating and maintenance costs, and raising guest and staff awareness of sustainability issues.
In line with its environmental objectives all electricity used by InterContinental Düsseldorf is based on 100% renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and water. No fossil fuels are consumed resulting in an overall reduction in CO2 emissions. In 2014, this amounted to over 2,800 tons of carbon emissions.
Efficient resource management is a priority with water saving devices installed in public toilets and in guest bathrooms. Electronic dishwashers in kitchens also use minimal water. In addition, waste prevention initiatives including a comprehensive recycling program are in operation not only during major events and functions but also on a daily basis.
As part of its social and environmental responsibilities, InterContinental Düsseldorf supports regional businesses by purchasing seasonal and local products for its kitchens. The hotel also assists various community projects that help disadvantaged groups such as running hospitality-training programs for young people.
Staff and guests are regularly involved in fundraising activities such as Shelter in a Storm, an IHG program that provides assistance for victims of natural disasters. Other projects that benefit the wider community include the Municipal Children's Aid Centre Düsseldorf and the Caritas Association.