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The Royal Portfolio and Sustainability

Because we care

About our guests, our staff, suppliers and communities, we’re committed to running every property in The Royal Portfolio in the most sustainable way possible.

We believe we can give you the perfect stay, and tread lightly on the Earth at the same time. In this way, future generations can experience the same privileges we enjoy today: being able to spend time exploring Africa’s unspoiled wild places and discovering the continent’s rich cultural heritage.

Planet before profit

In everything we do, we consider our impact on people, wildlife and the environment. We focus on the issues where we believe we can make a difference: energy and climate change, water usage, packaging and waste, ethical sourcing, community upliftment, and health and wellness.

We’re actively investing in Africa by working with local communities and by looking for innovative solutions to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink our relationship with the world’s limited resources. The hydronic system at Waterside at Royal Malewane is a good example of this by using circulating water for heating and cooling.

Sustainable Tourism

We believe that tourism can contribute to a positive long-term future for Africa, but it must be sustainable, mindful and sensitive to the needs of communities and wildlife. In this way, we can ensure that the magic of Africa outlives our generation – and many generations beyond us.

In our daily operations – and with your help – we are pioneering and supporting sustainability projects at each of our properties. Some of these are being funded by The Royal Portfolio Foundation. In addition, we constantly review our operations to see where we can make changes that will benefit the habitats and communities around us, both today and into the future.

Our Three Crown Approach

Each Crown represents specific sustainability aspects of our hotels and lodges operations and corporate social investment projects. We use this framework to guide our internal, daily operations across all of our hotels and lodges.

Conservation
Uplift and Protect | Thriving and Resilient

To support conservation-related Foundation projects that work towards conserving wildlife, protecting biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services as well as advocate for, educate others and engage in activities that promote conservation

Community
Inclusive Culture | Local | Economy | Staff

To enhance the lives of those in surrounding communities; to celebrate local culture and heritage and create a culture of sustainability; to maximise our procurement of quality local goods and services; and to invest in and empower a diverse staff.

Environment
Carbon Footprint | Consumption | Waste

To protect the environment and be sustainable and responsible from both infrastructure and behaviour perspectives. Our mission is to reduce our carbon footprint and our consumption of natural resources. “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” our waste; and work with responsible suppliers and partners.

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