Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is putting sustainability into a big package. The luxury hospitality brand has identified 26 locations to be a part of its newly launched sustainable hotel collection dubbed, the “Considerate Collection.” This comes following the company’s announcement of a renewed strategic vision.
This collection is a part of SLH’s recent collaboration with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GTSC)—the international, independent, not-for-profit body established by the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations World Tourism Organization—and Greenview, the only GSTC-recognized sustainable tourism management tool.
What Does it Take to Be “Considerate?”
The criteria for the “Considerate Collection” target three core pillars established by the GSTC: a “considerate” hotel needs to be community-minded, environmentally conscious and a cultural custodian, with a strong sustainability management system linking all three aspects to one another.
According to Luxury Travel Advisor, each hotel within the “Considerate Collection” has either been certified by a GSTC Accredited Certification Body or certified to a GSTC Recognized Standard, or has passed an assessment by the SLH Sustainability Advisory Panel with review by the GSTC. Members of the collection range from the biodiversity-promoting Keemala in Thailand to the culture-preserving Gangtey lodge in carbon-negative Bhutan.
A full list of all properties included in the collection can be found here.
Part of a Growing Commitment to Sustainability
With more than 520 hotels in 90 countries, SLH has spent the past two years working with The Considerate Group to help support its own member hotels. H2 Sustainability Consulting, headed by former hotelier Hervé Houdré, is among the consultancies SLH is collaborating with to support hotel members.
In addition, SLH has revamped its annual quality inspection reports to include a 60-point “Considerate” module focusing on customer-facing initiatives. The company is also updating its corporate policies to ensure that it follows the very same principles it holds its members to. These policies include the implementation of volunteer days for staff and the launch of a partnership with social change and reforestation charity, Tree Sisters, among others.