ATLANTA, Ga. — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and the IHG Owners Association are launching the Renovation Donation Initiative — a reuse program that is part of their shared commitment to operate responsibility.
The new program allows U.S. and Canadian IHG-branded hotels undergoing renovations or property improvements to donate furniture, equipment and fixtures to non-profit organizations, such as United Way Worldwide. The Initiative is part of the company’s new program for community work and charitable giving, True Hospitality for Good.
The initiative was developed in response to hotels implementing new design concepts, such as the new design prototypes soon to be implemented at Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels. The goal is to reduce the amount of materials reaching landfills while supporting the important work non-profit organizations do in local communities, including hospitality-skills training programs.
Hotels will have access to a single point of contact to schedule pickup of items, making the process as easy and seamless as possible while making a significant impact. For example, a 100-room IHG-branded hotel undergoing renovations could donate 200 mirrors, 150 bed frames, 101 TVs, 500 light fixtures and 22,500 sq. ft. of carpeting.
“Responsible business is core to providing true hospitality for everyone,” says Elie Maalouf, CEO, IHG. “This initiative further strengthens our commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement.”
Following an initial pilot phase, the Renovation Donation Initiative will be open to all owners of IHG brands in the United States and Canada in early 2019.