Our hotels represent a unique Green Philosophy that combines responsible tourism with environment friendliness, and this hotel has won awards as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world. It is by far the most environment friendly hotel in Sri Lanka. Our hotels have pioneered eco tourism in Sri Lanka.
Geoffrey Bawa’s visionary architectural design has ensured that no lights are required anywhere in the hotel during daytime. All spaces are designed to receive an adequate amount of natural light. As a result of something as simple as the allowance for lighting, the hotel makes a substantial saving in the energy that is consumed. The hotel was built between two rock formations and none of the trees on the location were destroyed. The entire hotel is built on a raised platform allowing water to flow under the hotel. It also allows the free flow of animals under the hotel, creating a minimum impact on the eco system. Other state-of-the-art methods are utilized in every aspect of the hotel to ensure efficient use of energy and resources such as water.
The hotel has a comprehensive energy conservation policy with power cut-off switches, energy efficient lighting (CFL bulbs), photo active garden lights and solar power hot water systems. The hotel has a comprehensive water conservation policy where no surface water is utilized. Water is obtained from 150-200 foot deep tube wells and a maze of gutters that collect rainwater.
We adhere to a philosophy of sustainable development that encompasses the following areas:
• Energy efficiency, conservation and management
• Reduction of freshwater consumption
• Waste water management
• Minimization of waste, reuse and recycling
• Air quality protection and noise control
• Land use planning
• Social and cultural development
• Ecosystem conservation
The ancient lake and virgin rainforest next to the hotel remain in their pristine natural state, unpolluted by the presence of a large five star hotel. Not a piece of paper or polythene is allowed to escape from the hotel into its surroundings. All the waste water of the hotel is painstakingly recycled by a state-of-the art facility. Smoking is not encouraged. The conservation and recycling processes of the hotel are also designed to assist the social and economic growth of the villagers who live close to the hotel.
The hotel is uniquely located within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, adjacent to an ancient man-made lake which is more than 2,000 years old. We are committed to conserving and protecting this unique natural and cultural environment for the benefit of posterity. In order to prevent deforestation and the construction of artificial structures we have purchased an additional 180 acres of virgin rain forest around the hotel. This forest functions as our own private sanctuary, untainted by human touch.
Wet Waste (Food) Disposal
We employ highly creative wet waste (food) disposal methods. We provide some of our wet waste free of charge to enterprising villagers, who use it on their farms. This approach benefits both the hotel and the villagers, and also helps to protect the environment.
Solid Waste Recycling
All solid waste generated from our hotel is carefully sorted at our recycling centre into groups like glass, plastic, metals, wood and paper. We provide these materials at a nominal fee to villagers who use them in small cottage industries. For instance the coconut shells we discard are used by a disabled person to make charcoal, which we purchase back for use at the hotel. Items such as soap and candles are recycled for the same purpose. Large plastic bins are given to schools to use as garbage bins in classrooms – this also teaches school children to reuse plastic items. Plastic items are also crushed and exported to countries such as New Zealand for recycling. As some of the people who purchase our solid waste are disabled, we also perform a valuable community service in supporting the under privileged. A great demand has been generated among the villagers for our solid waste as we provide it at such a low price.
Waste Water Recycling
Our waste water recycling plant is the most sophisticated system of its kind in use by a hotel anywhere in Sri Lanka. It recycles 70,000 litres of sewage per day. An elaborate purification process ensures that the water coming out of the system is clean enough to use in gardening. The dried sludge, treated to ensure it is safe, is used to make organic fertilizer, which we sell at a nominal fee. Wet sludge is used in our compost pits to make 100% natural fertilizer by combining with leaves and other natural materials. Our purification processes are regularly checked by scientists from the University of Peradeniya, to ensure compliance with the highest possible standards.
We have graduated from a “Three R” to a “Seven R” recycling and conservation system:
1. Reject: Many bio non degradable packaging material and many plastic items
- Consumption of energy, “switching off policy”
- Consumption of fresh water,
- “Closing tap policy”
- Reducing flushing system capacity
- Immediate repair of leaks
- Rainwater harvesting
- Packaging material at purchase point and by purchasing in bulk
- Transport with better logistics
- Exhaust emissions by switching off engines of stationary vehicles
- Polythene material
- One side written paper
- Shampoo containers in rooms
- Plastic liquid containers distributed to the community
- Empty clay pots of curd for road maintenance and building walls
- Wet garbage as food for farm animals
- Glass Bottles
- Sludge from sewage and wastewater to make compost manure
- Fruit peel for jam and chutney manufacture
- Half-burnt candles for reuse as wax for natural torches
- Waste heat from chillers and boilers
- Recovered flooring timber for bed paneling
5. Repair: All broken steel and wooden furniture
- All possible plastic items with biodegradable material
- Detergents with boron and phosphorus free items
- Oil based paints with water-based emulsions
- Equipment using CFC’s with ozone friendly technology
- Tungsten filament bulbs with CFL's and fluorescents
- Waste water
- Waste cooking oil
- Waste engine oil
- Waste paper with elephant dung
- Plastic waste
- Metal cans
- Scrap metal
- Glass scrap
- PET bottles
In order to support the community and to maintain sustainable development, the hotel recruits 55% of the staff within the radius of 20 kilo meters.
Acquisition of Emerging Star Players
School leavers and new comers into the industry with a natural inclination towards excellence in service are assets to our hotel. We believe that molding this segment of the youth will benefit the individual, the organization, society and the country as a whole.
Fairness and equality
It is a policy of the hotels human resource department to monitor and evaluate the fairness in distribution of all remuneration to employees of the organization.
It is a policy of Human Resource Department to look after the wellbeing of the employees.
Life Long Process
We believe that learning is a life long process of continuous improvement. We believe that people development is not a duty but a responsibility of the organization.
“Develop character and competence for mutual benefit”
We invest mostly in character development rather than focusing on the technical factors. We believe that this will reap long term benefits and assist us in our quest to be the leading resort in the world.
As an organization focusing on continuous learning, the hotel maintains training, development programs, career guidance and goal setting which assists staff in acquiring innovative knowledge and skills.
Although it is understood that career development and job skills training is a responsibility of employee and employer, we take more responsibility in human resource management as a policy at the hotel. This is because we believe that our employees have proven to be the most important asset in our business.
The Training & Development Policy was developed and aligned with the hotel’s environment and social development policy and human resource management policy after partaking in a brainstorming session with a cross section of the hotel’s employees. The policy clearly states our commitment towards our community development and the organization’s targets.
Sustainable development is a concept that all responsible entities in the world should be committed to. Its correct understanding and the incorporation of its principles by governments, businesses, society and individuals will determine the world future generations would call home. This is probably more true now than at any other time in human history.
We have understood the significance and cruciality of sustainability, aligning our corporate responsibility strategy to take decisive steps to ensure that all our operations are sustainable.
All our businesses take account of the need to conserve the environment and seek to promote environmental best practices in conducting our activities. We are developing our people to achieve their true potential, at workplace and beyond. An enduring commitment to maintain the highest standards of employee health & safety has developed into a focused strategy across the Group.
Our success should be mirrored in the communities from which we operate. Hence, we are strengthening our commitment to build sustainable partnerships to engage with and develop communities. We support the Global Compact, the United Nations corporate responsibility initiative, as we strongly believe that the corporate sector has a key role to play in building a better world for all. We work with communities in which they operate, along with other relevant organizations and authorities to improve the educational, cultural, economic, social and environmental well- being of those communities.
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