Recognised for their resilience in promoting sustainable and responsible practices, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Castaway Island, Fiji are the first resorts in the South Pacific to be awarded Green Seal certification. Issued by global non-profit organisation Green Seal, the certification ensures that a product or service meets a set of rigorous performance, health, and environmental criteria.
Awarded in December, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is the first resort in the South Pacific to gain the certification. With its long-term commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the resort has implemented green purchasing policies; addressed energy and water efficiency and the safe storage of hazardous chemicals; and incorporated practices that reduce waste, harmful chemicals, and pollution.
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has also hired an Environmental Officer. This new role will ensure the resort adheres to environmental legislation and reduces environmental pollution.
Castaway Island, Fiji was the second resort to successfully showcase its commitment to sustainability. The resort has adopted the goals and objectives of Outrigger’s OZONE initiatives, and raises awareness of the island’s fragile environment — especially the reef and marine ecosystem — through the education of our guests, staff, and local communities.
The resort constantly improves its performance indicators and best practice techniques, giving priority to employing locals and to sourcing local products and services. In addition, the resort ensures all employees receive the education and training necessary for them to carry out their work in an environmentally responsible manner.
Ben Johnson, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Fiji Islands says: “We are thrilled to have certified both properties to Green Seal’s hotel and lodging standard, as it is so aligned with Outrigger’s larger ESG strategy. Our ESG focuses on Outrigger’s ZONE initiative (OZONE) which focuses on protecting our oceans and coral reefs. The OZONE platform is renowned for enriching guest experiences, but also has back-of-house goals such as reducing energy, water, and waste while working alongside like-minded local non-profit organisations.”
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