Arnfinn Oines, social and environmental conscience of Six Senses, receives Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Award for Doing it All – Small Hotel Chain from Condé Nast Traveler Editor-in-Chief Klara Glowczewska.
SIX SENSES has been given two major awards in recognition of its pioneering work in environmental conservation.
The first is a special HICAP Sustainable Hotel Award for the company’s leadership in integrating sustainability as an embedded philosophy; and the second, the Condé Nast World Saver Award in the Doing-In-All, Small Hotel Chain Category.
In making the ward, HICAP judges noted Six Senses’ “consistent incorporation of sustainable best practices and innovations for all its properties – from concept to operations, community engagement and destination management”.
In its corporate leadership, Six Senses has shown how sustainable practices can be adopted and implemented as an integral component of its brand and operational strategy.
For Condé Nast Traveler Awards judges, Six Senses represents “the ultimate in high-end eco-tourism with audacious goals … and has put to rest, once and for all, the idea that environmentally correct resorts appeal only to the crunchy granola set. Its 15 properties are both sustainable and luxurious”.
Condé Nast judges also cited Six Senses’ Social and Environmentally Responsibility Fund that provides $500,000 annually to social and environmental causes; Six Senses’ Carbon Sense Fund, which raises $1.3 million annually and its Clean Water Projects Fund, which raises more than $250,000 a year and has helped over 500,000 people in the developing world gain access to clean water in the past two years.
Through its sustainable development funds, Six Senses supports a number of ground-breaking environmental projects throughout the world, including the Six Senses Reforestation Project in Thailand; a UNESCO-backed marine conservation area in the Baa Atoll in the Maldives; and the introduction of energy-efficient cooking stoves in Darfur.
“Not only do sustainability and luxury go hand in hand, we are rapidly reaching a point where they must go together if we are to preserve our planet’s fragile eco-system,” said Sonu Shivdasani, founder and CEO of Six Senses.
“I am proud of the fact that Six Senses is leading the way and changing industry perceptions and proving that we can build a sustainable future without compromising on the quality of the holiday experience.”