Obtaining the certification is a key milestone towards sustainable development, a policy that the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer kick-started in 2007 by setting up its first environmental charter. The Group has confirmed this commitment by signing a second environmental charter in December and by implementing the environmental charters in its main establishments according to their specificities.
Since June 2013, the Monte-Carlo Beach Relais et Châteaux has its own charter, bringing together 35 actions in environmental management and certifications, the most noteworthy being: “Beach goes Bio!”
With the help of the newly obtained Ecocert Level 3 100% organically grown restaurant business certification for the recently Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant Elsa, Chef Paolo Sari proposes entirely organic menus favouring locally produced fruits and vegetables. As of today, 90% of the ingredients used in all the other places that serve food at the Monte-Carlo Beach Resort are organically grown. “In the short term, our aim is to make the Monte-Carlo Beach the first hotel to be eco-certified 100% organic in all its food services: gastronomic restaurant, room service, minibar and hotel bar”, explains Danièle Garcelon, Director of the Monte-Carlo Beach.
Finally, the Monte-Carlo Beach has opted for respectful energy management, especially by purchasing renewable energy for 100% of its electricity consumption from EDF. Moreover, customers also have access to eco-friendly transport in the form of an electric bicycle station that has been set up.
Green Globe is an internationally recognised certification programme designed for the travel and luxury tourism industry. Its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards are applicable to several types of structures such as resorts, spas and casinos.
This certification has four categories of requirements: management of sustainable development, social and economic aspects, cultural heritage and the environment.
There are 321 indicators used to evaluate each establishment’s approach to encouraging sustainable development. A total of 179 points, of which 64 are mandatory, are necessary to obtain the certification. Different evaluation criteria cover a variety of areas such as employee training, sustainable construction, sorting waste, waste reduction at the source, biodiversity, customer satisfaction and accessibility to the establishment for persons with reduced mobility.
The Monte-Carlo Beach met 73% of criteria. Because the Green Globe certification is part of a continuous improvement plan, an action plan will be implemented to pursue the programme’s aims.
All of these actions are part of the sustainable development strategy of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer which echoes the Principality’s efforts to adopt an actively responsible approach, demonstrating its commitments towards sustainable development and promoting these commitments to customers and partners.