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Nine Taj Hotels gain EarthCheck Gold Standard

Taj Group recognised for its environment and social responsibility initiatives

Following nine Taj Hotels being accredited with EarthCheck Gold standards, the Taj Group has announced its vision for new corporate sustainability and community development initiatives, including forty one new projects that will be launched in the next four years, setting new benchmarks in sustainability and social responsibility.

Amongst these sustainability initiatives the Taj Group plans to strengthen its commitment to water conservation. The water consumption of all hotels in the Taj portfolio will be recorded and reviewed on a regular basis, with a focus on increasing rain water harvesting, water recycling and reuse and ensuring zero water discharge into municipal sewers.

This month, nine of the Taj hotels were accredited with EarthCheck Gold Certificates at an event held at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai.  The hotels were awarded in the presence of Dr. Mukund Rajan, Brand Custodian and Chief Ethics Officer of Tata Sons, Mr. Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief of Tata Sustainability Group, Mr. Raymond Bickson, MD & CEO, Taj Group, Mr. Vasant Ayyappan, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Taj Group and Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global and EarthCheck.

Mr. Raymond Bickson, MD & CEO, The Taj Group of Hotels said "The Taj Group reiterates its focus on energy and water conservation and societal development. The milestones achieved today reaffirm and demonstrate our commitment towards building sustainable livelihoods. Our goals are also in line with the Tata ethos of keeping communities at the heart of doing business."

Within five years, the nine certified Taj hotels have:
• Saved enough resources to electrify 53,490 homes by conserving 174,766,344MJ of energy
• Filled nearly 186 shipping containers by reducing 7,172,259.2 litres of waste
• Filled 338 Olympic-sized swimming pools through water conservation
• Reduced CO2 emissions to take approximately 6,675 cars off the road

Mr. Vasant Ayyappan - Director of Corporate Sustainability, Taj Group added "Taj's achievements can be attributed to our rich tradition and our people who are highly passionate about sustainability. Our Taj EARTH sustainability program gives us immense satisfaction as our achievements significantly contribute to energy and water conservation, waste reduction and several CSR initiatives like skill development, responsible procurements and indigenous art & culture development initiatives.

"What is commendable is that the Taj Group has maintained this benchmarking for five years without wavering while some other hotel groups have dipped in and out of the sustainability space. This length of time and the growing number of Taj hotels now engaged with EarthCheck shows absolute commitment to quality external benchmarking" said Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO of EarthCheck and EC3 Global. 

The nine properties that have been Gold certified include, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives; Taj Exotica, Goa; Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador, New Delhi; Rambagh Palace in Jaipur; Taj West End Hotel, Bangalore; Taj Lands End in Mumbai, Vivanta by Taj - M G Road, Bangalore; Vivanta by Taj - President, Mumbai and Blue Sydney A Taj Hotel located in Sydney's Woolloomoolloo Wharf.

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