Mandarin Oriental says it is committed to providing a “Naturally Better” environment—one that is better for the planet, the community and its guests. One of the company’s key principles is “Acting with Responsibility,” and, with this in mind, Mandarin Oriental has introduced a “Meeting with Purpose” initiative to offer meeting planners a selection of corporate social responsibility (CSR) experiences that can be incorporated into a meeting agenda, with the aim of providing participants with purposeful involvement in home-grown sustainability efforts.
Mandarin Oriental hotels in all destinations are working closely with their local communities in order to offer a meaningful selection of both paid and complimentary CSR activities that can be added to any meeting itinerary, from supporting the National Parks in Singapore to cleaning the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Examples include:
- At Mandarin Oriental, Paris, guests can opt to purchase pastries served at meeting breaks, with the resulting proceeds donated to local charity Food to Go. Guests can also opt to donate one percent of an event invoice to A Chacun Son Everest, a local cancer charity focused on caring for children and women recovering from cancer.
- At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, guests can donate their time by joining the hotel’s chefs in the kitchen to prepare, cook and pack food for collection and delivery to those in need. Guests can also volunteer their time to assist with customer retail at Oxfam Stores located throughout London.
- At Mandarin Oriental, Dubai guests can contribute to an art studio for individuals with special needs and create a piece of artwork for their company. Guests can also work with a social enterprise at an Emirates Bio Farm to plant and preserve the U.A.E.'s national ghaf trees.