Ovolo Hotels has widened its commitment to sustainability with a range of new initiatives covering everything from tree planting to fund raising to ensuring 50/50 women and men in management positions by 2025.
“Our commitments go beyond environmental indicators and include issues such as celebrating diversity and inclusion, supporting children and schools, sourcing locally and building hotels that give back to their communities in a meaningful way,” said Ovolo Group CEO, Dave Baswal.
Ovolo has partnered with Bali Children's Foundation which helps thousands of children complete school, find employment, and improve their lives and community life. The hotel group sponsored a school in Bali with classroom upgrades, class delivery for a year and a stationary kit for each student in the elementary school of SDN 3 Sidetapa in North Bali.
“Transparency and alignment with initiatives and sustainable development goals is key for us, we don't just want to talk the talk, but we want to be held accountable to walk the walk too,” Baswal added.
Ovolo is also partnering with Eden Reforestation Projects, an NGO that works with local communities to restore their environment and economy by planting sustainable trees that provide food, income and shelter, while mitigating the impacts of climate change and carbon emissions.
Whenever guests book directly with Ovolo, they will receive a message after their stay to show them where their tree has been planted and information on the impact on the environment planting this tree has, so that they can continue to feel a connection to the land.
Ovolo has chosen to plant trees in Nepal to reduce the impact of soil erosion, floods and landslides, which have a detrimental effect on farmlands and homes.
Ovolo's founder and executive chairman, Girish Jhunjhnuwala believes this initiative will have the most impact given that half the people in the Nepalese reforestation workforce are women.
“Ovolo is committed to supporting the empowerment of women not just in our workforce but in the world at large, so this was an important consideration for us,” he said.