IHG® has announced a national partnership with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity, in a commitment to reduce waste via partnerships with local ethical suppliers.
The aptly named ‘Awesome Partnership’ kicked off at the start of September to coincide with IHG’s annual Giving for Good Month and will see the two organisations team up over the next two years to tackle waste minimisation and hospitality skills training for at-risk youths, helping those in need.
By supporting OzHarvest’s Food Rescue program, IHG will prevent good food from hotels going to waste and using it to feed hungry Australians via a network of charities across Australia.
Sounds pretty amazing, right?
More about the partnership…
The initiative minimises food waste and provides high quality, nutritious meals to those in need, and dramatically reduces the negative impact on the environment by lightening the load on landfill.
“As one of the world’s leading hotel companies with over 5,700 hotels globally, we have a responsibility and an important role to play in contributing to a sustainable future.”
Leanne Harwood, Managing Director Australasia and Japan, IHG
Additionally, IHG will sponsor at least ten at-risk 16 to 25-year olds to earn a Certificate II or III in Hospitality through the OzHarvest Nourish Program. The partnership gives the young Aussies an opportunity to gain on-the-job training at IHG hotels through mentoring, hotel visits, work experience and engagement opportunities with IHG’s food and beverage team.
Filling the industry-wide talent gap in hospitality is a top priority for IHG, and the partnership will cultivate new talent through training and career opportunities.
Changing the world for the better
OzHarvest was selected as one of IHG’s global charitable partners to receive a share of the money raised as part of Giving for Good month. Through the month of September, IHG’s hotel and corporate colleagues around the world raised more than $400,000 which will help to give back to the community and do the right thing by the environment.
In addition to the Partnership commitment and global Giving for Good contribution, IHG’s Australian hotels rallied together and raised a whopping $25,000 in September by holding barbeques, raffles, challenges and Dollar Diners.
“We are so excited to be working closely with the passionate IHG family who share our vision to create a better world.”
Ronni Kahn AO, CEO and Founder, OzHarvest
Today’s announcement joins a turbocharged line-up of sustainable initiatives from IHG, both locally and globally that form the group’s broader sustainability agenda.
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