Fairmont Nile City Collaborates for the Soap for Hope Initiative
With the mission to create a more sustainable community, Fairmont Nile City started participating in the AccorHotels “Soap for Hope” worldwide initiative and launched the first stage of the program in collaboration with Sealed Air, the leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection and Educate Me, an Egyptian non-profit foundation that aspires to redefine education in Egypt.
“Soap for Hope” was pioneered by Sealed Air in 2013 to save lives by giving free soap to communities with limited access to soap, to create local entrepreneurs, and to help hotels reduce waste through recycling. The program aims to collect used soap bars from guest rooms hand in hand with Educate Me who are trained by the Sealed Air team using an innovative cold-press method, which takes less than ten minutes to complete and requires no running water or electricity. More than an act of recycling, Educate Me will be using this soap as a way to offer a new form of livelihood to members of the community and improve their hygiene practices by providing access to soap.
Discarded soap was collected and used at the launch, where volunteers from Fairmont Nile City, Educate Me, and Sealed Air teams along with community members had an enriching and fun time, where they were taught innovative way of recycling used soap into fresh bars.
Fairmont Nile City has a reputation as an active member of the community where our colleagues live and work and part of that social responsibility lies in making green and sustainable operating decisions that set an example for others to follow.
“Soap for Hope” is not the only sustainable program that Fairmont Nile City takes part of, the hotel has been adopting the luxury brand’s Green Program for years introducing light sensors, energy efficient lighting, custom programs to deactivate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning while space and guest rooms are not in use in order to provide guests with an unbiased guarantee that their stay is as green as possible.
“Guests around the world continue to demand environmental sensitivity when they travel, so we are delighted to join the ‘Soap for Hope’ program with Sealed Air & Educate Me. The program creates shared value between our business and the communities in which we operate which makes it the perfect fit to our portfolio of hotels as providing local access to better hygiene aligns closely with the brand’s sustainable missions.” said Frank Naboulsi, Regional Vice President – Egypt and General Manager, Fairmont Nile City. “Our hotels have implemented an incredible number of green initiatives over the past 25 years, and the rating system we have in place is a great way for us to audit, benchmark, and even further reduce their environmental footprint,” continues Naboulsi.
“Soap for Hope” has been launched in 62 cities and 22 countries together with 249 partner hotels 56 of which are AccorHotels properties. To date, 750 tons of used soap are being recycled into 6.2 million new bars and every year and about 400,000 people in local communities benefit from this program.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London’s The Savoy, New York’s The Plaza, and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel.
With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right.
A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program.
Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties.
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