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    Sustainability Policies

    Oct 21, 2014

    Sustainability Policies

     

    Principles:

    ·      Management Systems: Compliance with environmental legislation applicable to Sustainable Tourism. Tracking and measurement of results, guidelines and environmental standards. We promote this commitment through training and the integration of all processes.

    ·      Use of resources: We promote the optimization of
    non-renewable natural resources, reuse and recycling of
    waste. We also invest in innovative products and processes that are friendly to the environment

    ·      Environmental Impacts: We promote prevention and mitigation of pollution modeling the best practices available in our industry while highlighting the achievement of results and continuous improvement. 
    Relationship between the parties: We facilitate active dialogue with all interested parties and
    public dissemination of the achievements in environmental and social standards. We promote our environmental and social commitment through information and training. 

    Mission: 


    We strive to be a tourist role model in the framework of sustainable development, consistent with the highest business quality standards and ISO 9001Certification .We have sustained progress on actions in favor of the environment, nearby communities and have informed and educated our visitors, and employees of the tourism message and mission of growth in harmony with social progress and protection of our natural resources.

    Goals:

    ·      Preserve the wildlife around us

    ·      Responsibly dispose of waste we generate

    ·      Ensure that the visitors and employees who participate in our programs receive the necessary information and orientation to the environmental and social responsibility ingrained in our mission

    ·      Be a certified resort in C-Neutrality

    ·      Contribute to the quality of life and education of our employees and

    community

    ·      Support environmental and/or social institutions

    Environmental Education


    We contribute to the development of skills to understand, respect and

    preserve the natural and social environment. We work to expand knowledge and awareness about the impact of human activity on the environment with the aim of improving our ability to contribute to solving the problems.

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Environmental and Educational Programs

     

    - Lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences provided to employees, students and the Garabito community.

     

    - Educational tours to Playa Blanca’ (White Beach) Marine Wetland and our

    Butterfly farm every year.

     

    All year

    Corporate Relationships Department

     

    -Painting contest for schools primary focus in areas and issues we address are related to the environment.

     

    - Environmental Campaigns. These campaigns are targeted at visitors and employees: We promote the preservation of energy, water, paper and fuel, the conservation of marine wildlife, recycling, and the non-use of aerosols.

     

    -Environmental dates celebration

    All year

    Corporate Relationships Department

     

    Social Responsibility

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Support  to the communities

     

    - Cleaning campaigns on our beaches, fumigation and dengue cleaning.

     

    - Support for public and private institutions with environment and social purposes.

     

    - Health care and supportive programs.

     

    -Green Sense Association’ programs: Provide donations and support contribution centers that promote and enhance educational and other institutions.

     

    -Support and donations for the company’s personnel.

     

    All year

    Corporate Relationships Department and General Management


    Fight Against Climate Change

     

     Reduce by 5% direct emissions (fuel, solid-waste, wastewater usage, nitrogen fertilizer); indirect emissions (electricity) and various other indirect substances or contributors that produce greenhouse gases (guests, wastewater generation, transporting employees,  suppliers, transportation and travel abroad) that produce greenhouse gas.

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Recycling program

     

    - Waste Management.

     

    - Recycling and waste management campaigns directed at visitors and employees.

     

    All year

    -Management

    -Corporate Relationships Department

    Reforestation

    - Tree Planting Campaigns are regularly conducted with employees and guests.

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

    -Green Areas

    Efficient technologies implementation

     

    - Efficient implementation technologies enable us to reduce the impact of Greenhouse Gas  (GHG).

     

    All year

    General Management

    BAE program

    - Maintain an active involvement in the BAE actions and related categories that impact climate change.

    - Conducting every year awareness and action orientated conferences with employees and communities.

     

     

    All year

    -General Management

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

    -Communication Department

     

    Construction & Edifications

    -Ensure that all future construction utilizes and optimizes natural light to the maximum degree  (windows).

     

    - Every year we acquire furniture, preferably wood which reduces the GHG impact

     

    All year

    -General Management

    -Maintenance Department

     

     

    Playa Blanca Marine Wetland

    Develop and regulate activities that allow sustainable use and maintenance of the wetland, Marino Playa Blanca (Decree 23127-MINEREM) accordingly declaring white southwest beach Marine Wetland of Punta Leona, Puntarenas, comprising the public area and the sea ​​waters that’s depth does not exceed six meters at low tide.

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Sustainable Management

     

    -Maintain measures and ensures compliance of Hotel & Club Punta Leona S.A internal rules and procedure necessary for sea activities.

     

    All year

    Management Operations

    Quality control

    - Analysis of sea water  conducts by The National Water Laboratory

    Semiannual

    Management Operations

    Management of solid waste

    - Appropriately separate trash.

     

    - Ensure distribution of landfills along the beach and recycling stations in various locations.

     

    - Daily cleaning of beaches throughout the year

     

    All year

    Eco- Services

    Green Areas

    Security

    - Maintain a permanent schedule with lifeguards throughout the year.

     

    -Maintain signs of warning and caution according to tide conditions.

     

    -Maintain proper display and use of flags indicating sea ​​conditions.

     

    - Properly display and label conservation signs along the beach.

    .

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

    -Lifeguard

     

    Pools Water Management

    Ensure water quality and maintain a continuous monitoring of the treatment system.

    Regularly and consistently design, install and operate technologies for continuous improvement.

     

    Action Plan

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Quality Control

     

    -Analysis is conducted by the National Water Laboratory.

     

    -Maintain always cleaning filters methods.

     

    - The water chlorination system is continues.

    Bimonthly

     

     

     

    All year

     

     

     

    Maintenance Department

     

     

     

     

     

    Blue, Green and White Flag Ecological and Sustainability Programs and Tourist Certification

    To ensure our community, neighbors and visitors state of the art operations in accordance with the environment, community and human development goals and objectives.

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Programs

     

    -Throughout the year actively participating and growing our programs that are encouraged by the support we receive from different entities of government in Costa Rica.

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    -General Management

     

      

     

    Reforestation

    Maintain our planting program in order to create awareness among people to preserve the ecological culture and to restore and conserve ecosystems for environmental benefits.

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Reforestation Program

    - Continue planting program with visitors and employees.

     

    - Continue tree grant program (Program Adopt a Tree).

     

    - Canton Educational Seeding Centers in Garabito are promoted and supported.

     

    - Maintenance of the nursery.

    All year

    -General Management

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

    -Green Areas

     

     

    Natural Resource Management

     

    We manage and implement monitoring systems and promote an action orientated agenda to promote use and conservation of resources. We maintain and promote optimal relationships between the complex production activities and the natural environment.

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Saving

    Water

    -Continue with water conservation campaigns.

    -Periodic reviews and detection of system leaks.

    Energy

    - Continue with energy saving campaigns

    - Work to avoid overloads, conduct periodic reviews of switches and external lights

    Paper

    - Continue our program to reuse and recycle paper.

    Aerosols

    - Maintain and promote awareness campaigns for the consumption and reduction of aerosols.

    Fuels

    - Continue monitoring fuel consumption and undertake measures to reduce consumption

    throughout the year

     

    All year

    - Eco-Services

     

     

    - Management operations

     

     

     

    - Corporate relationships department

     

    -Maintenance

     

     

     

     

     

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

     

    -Supply department

     .

     Green Purchasing

    Acquiring according with our budget the sufficient Green products needed to sustain our activities and reduce the negative impacts that degrade the environment

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Utilization and follow-up with Green Purchasing Manual

     

    - Maintain Green Purchasing Policy throughout the year consistent with Club Punta Leona, S.A. Hotel operation.

     

    All year

    -Supply department

    -General Management

    - Management operations

     

    -Re-use paper on both sides

     

    - Use the two areas that face the end office (photo copy design agendas) for company employees throughout the year

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

     

    - Providers certified as Responsible Fisheries

     

    -Buy products from properly certified marine suppliers.

     

    - Show tourists throughout the year that our menu selection meets responsible fishing

    Guidelines.

     

    All year

    -Supply department

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

     

    - Exchange containers with service supplier’s providers

     

    -Hire suppliers

    who exchange containers.

     

    -  Re-use containers and use them to serve meals to decrease waste.

     

    All year

    -Supply department

    -Food & Beverages

    Purchase products in large package and containers

     

    Purchase, acquire and package large recyclable products to reduce waste and obtain cost savings in price.

     

    All year

    -Supply department

     

     

    Wildlife Management

    We effectively manage and monitor the species that live within the Private Wildlife Refuge and common areas, prevent disturbance of the natural environment and prevent damage to the natural resources that help its preservation.

     

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Butterfly Preservation

     

    - Maintenance

    - Butterfly parenting provided.

     

    - Hikes and educational tours.

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

     

    Trails

    – Maintain Trails.

     

    - Continue tours and educational walks throughout the year

     

    All year

    -Corporate Relationships

    Department

     

    Species preservation

    - Promote scientists and space programs studies.

     

    - Maintain artificial nests and the reproduction of the Red Lapa.

     

    - Reforestation is conducted regularly.

     

    - Opposition to the extraction and commercialization of species of wildlife and marine.

     

     

     

     

    Opposition to

    maintain

    species of wild

    animals

    in captivity

    except zoos

    and rescue

    centers

    recognized

    by competent

    authority

     

    -  We do not allow artificial feeders to feed wild animals

     

     

     

     

    Solid Waste Management

    We work to prevent and / or minimize debris that may have environmental impacts

    We achieve this by taking responsibility for transportation and the management of waste and disposal collection, storage, and treatment.

    Plan of Action.

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Trash collection

    - Continue trash collection, management services, waste collection, handling transport and disposal of solid waste.

     

    Daily

    Punta Leona

    Waste separation

     - Maintain proper separation of garbage on beach areas, resort grounds and

    in the community (recycling stations).

     

    -Maintenance of the waste separation center

     

    All year

    Eco-Services

    Disposal of solid waste

    -Recycling of solid waste with suppliers providing this service.

     

    - Storage system for filling garbage in the WPP disposal container for final disposal at thelandfill of Mangos in Alajuela

     

    All year

    Eco-Services

    Drinking Water Management

     

    Keep a good supply of water and basic sanitation. Operation and proper maintenance of the technologies used to treat drinking water.

    Plan of Action

     

    Activity

    Action

    Term

    Responsibility

    Continuous supply

    Continuous maintenance

    All year

    Eco-Services

    Quality Control

    - Chlorination Tanks.

     - Reviews of chlorination level.

    - Quarterly bacteriological analysis is prepared by the SILAB Laboratory and National Water Laboratory.

    - Participation in the AyA’ Health Quality Stamp Program

     

     

    All year

    Eco-Services

     

    Approved in October 2013 by:

     

    Miguel Fernandez Third

    General Manager

    Hotel & Club Punta Leona S.A.