Environment

Master Status for Sandals Negril

Wednesday, May 07, 2014    

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa has become the first resort in the world to achieve Master Status certification from renowned environmental sustainability and benchmarking firm EarthCheck. The hotel previously held the coveted position of being the only resort to have double-Platinum certification, following more than 15 years of continuous accreditation.

EarthCheck's Chief Executive Officer Stewart Moore said the landmark achievement proves that Sandals Negril's "sustainability management system is one of the most advanced and long-standing across the globe".

He thanked the resort for its outstanding commitment to the environment, local economy and host community, and implored the team to be proud of its accomplishments.

"By means of outstanding practices that resulted in significant efficiency gains, Sandals Negril has proven to be one of the sustainability forerunners of the industry. Sandals Negril is not merely among world leaders, Sandals Negril is on top," Moore continued.

To qualify for the certification, the resort has had to meet strict tourism and environmental sustainability criteria and validate its performance through annual audits conducted by an independent third party. Included in the standards to be met are proper waste minimisation, energy conservation, effective water management and sensitisation efforts.

"Our company is underpinned by a deep commitment to the preservation of the environment and through our Sandals EarthGuard programme, which is powered by EarthCheck, we have amped up our efforts to respond directly to many of the major ecological challenges facing the planet," environment, health and safety manager at Sandals Negril Denisha Powell said.

"This most prestigious EarthCheck certificate is in recognition of our drive to deliver continuous, long-term environmental improvements and to secure a sustainable future for the business, the community and our home -- the Earth. This is an honour of which we are most proud," she added.

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