Hilton Makes Strides in Sustainability with Progress on Travel with Purpose Goals

Hilton’s Travel with Purpose report details its progress on environmental and social goals, including reducing carbon emissions by 45% in managed hotels and creating over 860,000 learning opportunities.

Hilton’s Travel with Purpose Report outlines the hospitality leader’s progress towards its Travel with Purpose environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy to drive responsible travel globally. Through carbon reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative and social impact targets aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Hilton is working to reduce its emissions and create engines of opportunity while operating with accountability, integrity and transparency.

Hilton’s Travel with Purpose strategy is led by its 469,000 team members around the world, including 62,000 team members in Asia Pacific who are working to drive responsible travel throughout its business, operations, supply chain and among the communities where it operates. This year, Hilton has made the following progress (based on a 2008 baseline):

  • Achieved a 45.1% reduction in carbon emissions intensity among its managed hotels and a 25.1% reduction in carbon emissions intensity among its franchised hotels.
  • Reduced its water use intensity among its managed hotels by 26.5%.
  • Lowered its landfilled waste intensity by 63.7% among its managed hotels, surpassing its initial 2030 50 percent reduction target.
  • Created more than 860,000 learning and career growth opportunities in 2023, contributing to more than 1.5 million opportunities since 2022.
  • Contributed more than 377,000 volunteer hours in communities around the world, with a total of more than 2.5 million volunteer hours reported since 2017.

Through Hilton’s Team Member Assistance Fund, distributed more than $865,000 to a record number of Hilton Team Members impacted by disaster, crisis and personal hardship

Hiton’s efforts in Asia Pacific

Across its global footprint, Hilton continues to advance towards its ESG targets in Asia Pacific by supporting efficient resource management, waste reduction, learning opportunities, responsible sourcing and decreasing its carbon footprint.

Reducing emission intensity: As the first major hospitality company to set science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Hilton consistently sets new and enhanced targets backed by the latest climate science. In 2023, across Asia Pacific, there was a 36.6% reduction in emissions intensity, across 327 managed hotels in the Hilton portfolio and 93,750 rooms.

Minimizing waste in guest amenities: By the end of 2023, Hilton properties phased out single-use miniature bottles and reduced use of bars of soap by transitioning to full-size shampoo, condition and soap amenities. In Asia, dry amenities (such as toothbrushes and razors) made from bamboo, wheatstraw and wood, using FSC-certified packaging will be offered. Hilton Singapore Orchard is the first hotel in Singapore to install a Nordaq in-house water filtration and bottling system to treat, purify, mineralize and bottle up to 500 reusable glass bottles per hour to further reduce plastic waste.

Impacting local communities: Hilton Team Members are encouraged to champion causes and make an impact in local communities through volunteer efforts. In Hilton Jiuzhaigou, a pilot program provided guests with the opportunity to visit Tibetan families of Team Members, allowing Team Members to be ambassadors and shine the light on their own heritage. At DoubleTree Agra during Christmas, the hotel featured hand-woven and hand-crafted works from local artisans.

Sustainably-sourced seafood: Hilton continues to advance on sourcing seafood responsibly from Marine Stewardship Council and Aquaculture Stewardship Council certified fisheries for Japan, Korea and Micronesia hotels, achieving 32% of sustainable sourcing in 2023.

The release of the 2023 Travel with Purpose report corresponds with the release of the latest Hilton Global Foundation Impact Report. The Hilton Global Foundation, Hilton’s philanthropic arm, works in partnership with the hospitality leader to drive progress towards its 2030 Travel with Purpose goals.

Hilton Global Foundation

Last year, the Hilton Global Foundation made significant strides to create a positive impact in communities around the world, with over $4.4 million USD in grants donated in 2022. Grants were made to organizations that are improving, restoring or protecting local environments, supporting the economic and career development of vulnerable and underrepresented groups and strengthening the resilience of communities around the world, including:

  • Sungai Watch (Indonesia): Protects and restores rivers in Indonesia and stops the flow of plastic pollution into the ocean,
  • Ocean Conservancy (Australia): In collaboration with their partners, Ocean Conservancy protects the ocean from today’s most significant global challenges by developing evidence-based solutions for a healthy marine environment.
  • VOICE Area Federation (Sri Lanka): Addresses food insecurity by establishing community farms and kitchen programs for vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka.
  • Kechara Soup Kitchen (Malaysia): Provides food aid distributions to homeless, marginalized, and impoverished families in Malaysia.
  • The Punlaan School (Philippines): Provides scholarships and programs for underprivileged young women, concentrating on hospitality and culinary arts, and equipping them with essential job and life skills.

The Hilton Global Foundation also announced World Wildlife Fund across Asia Pacific, Be Your Eyes in China, Scholars of Sustenance in Indonesia and the Whakatipu Reforestation Trust in New Zealand as recipients of their record $3.3 million contribution, which will result in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, redistributing surplus food to the needy, and biodiversity conservation.

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.