Our Programme

At Rocco Forte Hotels, we understand our responsibility to protect the people, practices and heritage that make each of our destinations so special. As our guests and partners, we encourage you to enjoy more conscious travel, leaving behind smaller footprints. Give yourself more time to explore each destination in its entirety and give back to the communities that provide us with such wonderful memories. We have, and continue to develop, effective sustainable initiatives that support fair and ethical business practices across four sustainability pillars - People, Community, Planet and Business.

Our People

We are proud to support and nurture all of our Team Members. Like our guests, we aim to treat each and every Team Member like a member of our family; equally, fairly and ethically, whilst providing a healthy environment to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

We constantly strive to improve and develop our sustainability initiatives to support our teams’ welfare and career development.

Our Planet

Our planet is our most precious resource. We understand our responsibility to champion and protect the environment by taking greater steps to monitor and improve our consumption of energy, water, paper and food waste, as well as moving towards eradicating single-use and non-recyclable plastics.

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We are constantly striving to improve and develop our initiatives to protect the planet. Our growing list of initiatives includes:

  • Working with Con–Serve, Considerate Group’s data management system, to monitor our hotels’ environmental resource consumption, including electricity, gas, water and waste
  • Working with equipment manufacturers who practice sustainable production techniques
  • Choosing refrigeration units in accordance with the latest, most stringent International Standards, e.g. R290.

Energy:

  • In-room key card system automatically switches off electricity when guest room is vacated
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning systems in all hotels
  • Energy-saving PCs
  • Energy-saving and Energy Code-certified kitchen appliances
  • Movement sensitive lighting in Back of House areas
  • LED bulbs installed throughout our hotel
  • We have already installed solar panels at Verdura Resort and are exploring the use of solar energy across more of our destinations

Water:

  • Serving guests a local water choice to reduce our carbon footprint
  • Option for guests to have linen and towels washed every second day
  • Dual flush toilets installed across hotels
  • Time-sensitive water taps in Back of House areas
  • Exploring rainwater harvesting system, which we already introduced at Verdura Resort

Waste:

  • Separate plastic, paper and general waste management bins used throughout Back of House
  • Recycling initiatives such as using equipment to dewater, shred and/or compress organic wastes, for re-use as compost in parkland
  • Recycle kitchen oil, ink cartridges and coffee capsules

Paper:

  • Offering our guests a Press-Reader to enjoy online newspapers
  • Use of QR codes and mobile apps for restaurant menus and digital directories
  • Invitations sent by e-cards
  • Reusable metal tags rather than paper tags in cloakrooms
  • Recycled paper across Back of House departments
  • Sustainable reusable drink coasters across Food & Beverage outlets
  • Recycled toilet paper in Back of House areas
  • Bamboo toilet paper in guest rooms, as we have already done at Brown’s Hotel

Plastic:

  • Biodegradable or washable straws, stirrers and fruit picks throughout our bars and restaurants
  • Glass bottled water provided to guests in-room and throughout our bars and restaurants
  • In-room bathroom amenities and dispensers across public WCs made from post-consumer recycled plastic, as well as working with ‘Clean the World’ to recycle old containers
  • Plastic-free in-room amenities, including corn starch razors, bamboo toothbrushes, corn starch shower caps, corn starch sanitary kits, straw sewing kits and wooden combs
  • Hanging laundry returned in hessian covers, and folded laundry returned in tissue paper
  • Promote use of recycled plastic water bottles
  • In-room Bar selection of plastic-free products
  • Gyms to be fitted with post-consumer recycled plastic or vegetable plastic water bottles
  • Use of biodegradable cups, cutlery and plates in staff canteen

Our Community

We are proud champions of the local and national communities who make each of our destinations so special. We support a number of local charities and help to promote tourism in each of our locations through exciting partnerships and campaigns.

We are constantly striving to nurture our communities as best we can.

Our Business

In order to create a thriving commercial business built and to support a dynamic working environment, we aim to act with integrity, honesty and without prejudice at all times.

We constantly strive to improve and develop our sustainable business initiatives.

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Our growing list of these includes:

Housekeeping:

  • Reusable material bags for newspapers, laundry and shoes
  • Eco-friendly cleaning materials

Kitchens and Food & Beverage Outlets:

  • Sourcing seasonal, local produce
  • Menus crafted to minimise waste
  • Fish suppliers specially chosen for their sustainable practices
  • Meat supplied by farmers using non-invasive farming practices
  • ‘Healthy Nourish’ menus in our dining outlets and guest rooms
  • Reusable or recyclable food packaging

Spa:

  • Irene Forte Skincare professional products are natural, sustainable and vegan-friendly and use naturally derived alternatives to petrochemicals, synthetic colours, harsh surfactants and preservatives. The brand’s packaging is also made from 100% recycled fibres with vegetable and soya-based inks
  • Irene Forte Skincare professional products are recycled responsibly
  • Retail sustainable brands, such as Back Label, a sustainable fitness clothing line
  • Hand-made Sicilian ceramics and handcrafted Sicilian bells for display and treatments
  • Flip-flops made from bamboo
  • Collateral printed on 100% recycled paper

Mobility:

  • Electric buggies with drivers to get around our hotels and resorts, which have already been introduced at Verdura Resort
  • Provide e-bicycles for guests to explore places of interest and facilities around the neighbourhood

Corporate:

  • Our network of PR agencies continues to promote and educate the media, trade and consumers on our sustainability activities in 10 countries around the world
  • We encourage our network esteemed and influential individuals, our Rocco Forte insiders, to inspire our communities with news on sustainable practices
  • Our company-wide Green Committees regularly develop new sustainability strategies across our collection of hotels and resorts
  • All of our new suppliers must complete a supplier form and adhere to strict regulations
  • We are developing a qualitative and quantitative monitoring process, as well as KPIs and a regular reporting strategy, to ensure transparency, compliance, use of best practices and the on-going implementation of our sustainability strategy
  • We are also exploring certifications, such as Green Globe and other sustainable 5-star tourism programmes
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