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GO ORGANIC WITH GRAND HYATT ERAWAN
GO ORGANIC WITH GRAND HYATT ERAWAN

Since 1993, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok implemented a Green Hotel Project designed to work towards environmental sustainability, which has also been one of our Corporate Social Responsibility commitments. Apart from this project, the hotel has been continuously engaged in other socially responsible activities and exercises and, in December this year, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary, along with an ongoing dedication to minimising our environmental impact and improving the quality of life in our community. Our Organic Farm Project in Wang Nam Keaw is one of the fine examples of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok’s commitment, and demonstrates how the hotel thrives on taking responsibility for the environment and the health of our guests, employees and neighbouring community.

At Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, we recognise the necessity to minimise our impact on the environment and to improve the quality of life in our community. As a result, the Organic Farm Project in Wang Nam Keaw was initiated by our culinary team in 2005 to acknowledge our responsibility to society and our clients. From day one of the orientation programme conducted for every employee, we emphasise the fact that Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok aims to serve only delicious, healthy food using quality products. This statement and the hotel’s efforts to raise awareness of our environmental and social responsibility inspired the culinary team to find out how we could better show our clients that we take responsibility for the health and environment of everyone whose lives we touch, as well as of society as a whole. This was the idea that started our Organic Farm Project in 2005, since when the hotel has worked with local farmers to enhance our responsibility for the environment and awareness of the health benefits of fresh vegetables. We have planted more than 60 varieties of seeds on 15.4 hectares of land (100 rais) that is 500 metres above sea level, using no toxic chemical fertilisers or pesticides. The organic farm is also one of the ways in which we support the community in remote areas, helping to generate income for farmers, as well as extending job opportunities to them, thereby helping to improve their living standards.

In addition to being free of toxic chemical fertilisers or pesticides, our own home-grown organic produce replaces imported vegetables as we bring in about 250 kilograms of produce from our farm every week, allowing us to enjoy a dramatic decrease in the carbon footprint of products brought in to the hotel. Specifically, our use of styrofoam, cardboard boxes and plastic bags, all of which are considered waste, has been decreased considerably.

In addition to the Organic Farm Project’s demonstrated environmental and community responsibility, the health impact is an important part of this initiative. Organic vegetables, which are grown using no toxic chemical fertilisers, pesticides or hormones, provide 50% more vitamins, enzymes and nutrition than vegetables grown using such toxic chemicals. People who consume vegetables contaminated with pesticides or toxins will absorb the poisons in the liver, which is unhealthy and may cause illnesses in the future. In addition,

if we consume products grown with chemical hormones, this can cause an imbalance in our immune system, causing sickness.

We have been working on the Organic Farm Project with local farmers for more than five years and, today, we produce more than 17 varieties of seasonal vegetables of a quality that meets the standards for the food we offer our guests. It is now our pleasure to introduce to you the Organic Farm Project, which allows us to bring you quality, healthy products, all of which are served in the hotel’s restaurants, namely The Dining Room, Spasso, Banquets, Room Service and Tables. Dining at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok offers you not only quality food, but also allows you to be a part of environmental sustainability and to take responsibility for the health of our community.

As mentioned, the Organic Farm Project is just one example of the activities in which Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok has been engaged throughout its history. We have undertaken a number of exercises reflecting our responsibility for the community, among them:

Extending professional support and guidance for hospitality management to the Janjawa School in Chiang Rai to develop the Janjawa Lakeside Eco-Resort, an eco-friendly resort owned and operated cooperatively by students, teachers and the parents of students at the school. We not only extend professional support in order to share our expertise and know how, but also offer financial support to refurbish five eco-friendly huts, providing such amenities as mattresses and duvets. The hotel also offers marketing support by producing collaterals to be used as a sales tool for students and teachers to promote their resort.

Implementing a system that treats water before it is released into public drains. This programme helps to reduce waste water that may be released into public water resources by as much as 500 cubic metres per day. The hotel also uses chlorine-free water in its swimming pool to prevent approximately 18 litres of chlorine being released into the public water system every day.

Scheduling an Earth Day on the first Wednesday of every month to build environmental awareness and teach best practices, helping to save about 100kwh of electricity per day.

Richard Greaves, the hotel’s general manager, said “We aim to continually raise awareness among our employees, letting them know that even one person can play an important role in protecting the environment simply by adjusting his/her behaviour. After all, many simple practices start with us in the work place, and extend to our homes, our families and society in just one way we can be responsible for our environment and society. Our organic farm produces more than 17 varieties of previously imported vegetables, such as Romaine and Iceberg lettuces, all of which are served in the hotel’s restaurants. The farm is also one of the ways we support remote communities. Having seen what we can do, we can only wonder what would happen if all our friends in society joined forces to make a difference in the lives of our community. We would also like to thank to our clients for their support. After all, when clients support Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, they also take part in social responsibility.”