The Athenaeum Hotel and Residences is passionately committed to operating more sustainably. As an environmentally conscious hotel, we have applied both policies and initiatives to meet our underlying responsibilities to operate in a manner that will reduce our footprint.
We strive to focus on key areas such as the environment, our colleagues, and community. We encourage team members to help with our commitment through public transport loans and a cycle to work scheme. We also aim to build relationships with our local community by volunteering and contributing to various programmes.
The Athenaeum had joined the initiative ‘Hospitality Against Homelessness’ launched by ‘Only A Pavement Away’ in 2020 to provide donations of food, toiletries and clothing to those who were affected.
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences supports Hospitality Action, having participated in their ‘Invisible Chips’ campaign since 2020. This fundraising campaign helps to support people working in hospitality whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19, whether mentally, physically or financially. These invisible chips are located on the All Day Menu.
GM, Joanne Taylor-Stagg and others set up MIDAS in late 2020. The programme is aimed at millennials to keep them engaged with the hospitality industry, creating a network and opportunities to build life and work skills. The team have managed to secure £10,000 of funding from Master Innholders Charitable Trust to run the programme for six months.
The Athenaeum Hotel and Residences started a partnership in 2018 with Clean the World, where guests’ unused toiletries are recycled into soaps and hygiene products to help vulnerable children and families avoid disease across the world.
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences uses The Evaluate Program of which it assesses the economic, social and environmental impact of the hotel and residences. Currently, we have a four globe rating out of five for our Earthcheck Evaluate 2022 Earth rating.