Abu Dhabi-based Rotana recently announced that 16 of its hotels in the United Arab Emirates, representing 50 percent of the company’s portfolio in the country, have gained the ISO 14001 environmental management certification.
ISO 14001, an international standard, provides requirements for environmental management systems. Rotana’s effort to obtain this distinction at its hotels is part of its long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability.
Bureau Veritas, a leader in certification services, provided the third-party audit.
“The social, economic and legal arguments for taking action on environmental issues are becoming more persuasive and more widely requested by different stakeholders,” Rotana Chief Operating Officer Guy Hutchinson said. “Rotana hotels around the world are taking various initiatives for the sake of the environment under our global sustainability platform Rotana Earth. Now, we have gone one step further by adopting the internationally recognized ISO 14001 environmental management standard in our hotels, and we are extremely proud that as many as 16 Rotana hotels in the UAE have successfully implemented and achieved this certification.”
Rotana said achieving the certification required support and commitment from its top management, as well as its employees. Rotana conducted training and workshops with its employees to make them aware of the requirements and benefits of ISO 14001 certification.