Launching our partnership with The Rivers Trust on World Water Day

In March, we launched our 2018-2020 responsible business targets, which are designed to support several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and are focussed on four areas we feel IHG can make the greatest impact. One of our focus areas is environmental sustainability – ensuring that we continue to work with our hotels to help them make a positive difference to our planet. As part of this, we have committed to launching six water stewardship projects to the end of 2020.

To mark World Water Day, we kicked off the first of our projects, by launching a partnership with UK-based non-governmental organisation, The Rivers Trust. Together, we will explore approaches to saving water and reducing water-related risks in our hotels. Our first project will be run across five of our managed hotels in London and will provide us with vital learnings, with plans to roll out successful initiatives more broadly over time. London is a water stressed city and according to the Greater London Authority, the city is pushing close to capacity and is likely to have supply problems by 2025 and "serious shortages" by 2040. Our new partnership with The Rivers Trust will also contribute towards our efforts to reduce our water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas.

We have long-standing commitment to taking action in this area and have already completed the hospitality industry’s most comprehensive water risk assessment across our entire global estate. This means we can identify risks related to both water quantity and quality, and put in place tailored water stewardship action plans to apply best practice techniques for each of our hotels, particularly those in water-stressed areas.

Last year, we completed a successful pilot in China, with Chengdu Urban Rivers Association (CURA), a local non-profit organisation. The pilot ran across four of our hotels in Chengdu and concentrated on driving local water stewardship actions in one location. You can read more about this important work on the Water page within the the Responsible business section

For more information on the Rivers Trust please visit http://www.theriverstrust.org.