Source: IHCL

MUMBAI - Ahead of the occasion of World Environment Day, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, has announced a host of sustainability and social impact initiatives under its ESG+ framework, Paathya. In line with this year’s theme of ‘Only One Earth’, the company has undertaken tangible measures under Paathya’s six key pillars of Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility, Excellence in Governance, Preserving Heritage, Value Chain Transformation, and Sustainable Growth.

With defined short and long-term goals to be fulfilled by 2030 under Paathya, IHCL continues its endeavor towards building a better tomorrow with several initiatives including:

EarthCheck Certification: 77 IHCL hotels are EarthCheck Certified for their sustainable practices, 57
of which are Platinum Certified. This year, IHCL has added 13 more hotels to participate in the certification process

Waste Management: With the aim to minimize and manage waste, IHCL has established waste composters at 25 hotels in the past year to manage kitchen waste; thereby taking the total number of hotels to 67. This has ensured that the waste sent to landfills is minimized by 17,000 cubic metres, which is equivalent to 515 standard 20 feet shipping containers

Green Footprint: With a keen focus on reducing its carbon footprint, IHCL has taken a pledge to plant a total of 1 lakh saplings across all its hotels this year, thereby laying the path for a greener future

EV Charging: Taking forward the commitment of 5 per cent of hotel guest parking areas supporting EV charging stations, IHCL has collaborated with Tata Power and signed an MOU to install EV charging stations across its hotels

Energy Conservation: By 2030, 50 per cent of IHCL’s energy to come from renewables

Livelihood impact: IHCL aims to impact the livelihood of over 100,000 youth through skill building, thereby creating employability for the deserving and the marginalized

Heritage: As the custodians of Indian heritage, IHCL will adopt 100 per cent of Intangible Cultural Heritage (IHC) projects in the geographies it operates in, in continued collaboration with UNESCO

Derived from the Sanskrit term पथ्य, inferring a path, Paathya aims tolead positive change guided by IHCL’s core values of Trustof all stakeholders, Awarenessaround the needs of our ecosystem and Joy at heart.

Under Paathya, IHCL will continue to pioneer sustainable practices in its pursuit towards excellence and creating benchmark in the tourism industry.

About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj– the iconic brand for the most discerning travellers and ranked as the World's Strongest Hotel Brand and India's Strongest Brand as per Brand Finance Hotels 50 Report 2022 and India 100 Report 2022, respectively; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the Company opened its first hotel - The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 242 hotels including 63 under development globally across 4 continents, 11 countries and in over 100 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India's largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

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Nairita Ghosh