Great Southern Killarney

Sustainable Hospitality & Environmental Statement

Sustainability at Great Southern

Great Southern Killarney & Hayfield Family Collection embrace the principles of Sustainable Tourism. In all our actions we consider how to balance the development needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations.

Great Southern Killarney, and our sister properties, Hayfield Manor in Cork and Killarney Royal are fully committed to conducting business in a manner which minimises environmental risk and adverse effects on the environment in which the organisation operates. The company strives to continually improve environmental performance through the following associations and practices:

Green Hospitality Ireland MEMBER OF GREEN HOSPITALITY IRELAND
MEMBER OF KILLARNEY HOTELS SUSTAINABILITY GROUP
MEMBER OF KILLARNEY TIDY TOWNS
MEMBER OF REPAK- PACKAGING RECYCLING SCHEME INCLUDING RECYCLING OF PAPER, CARDBOARD, CANS, GLASS, LIGHT BULBS, BATTERIES
IN-HOUSE GREEN TEAM- PROACTIVELY WORKING ON IMPLEMENTING NEW SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
100% GREEN ELECTRICITY
LED LIGHTING
PURCHASE FROM LOCAL SUPPLIERS TO REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT AND SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY
MAINTAIN AND SYMPATHETICALLY DEVELOP THE GREAT SOUTHERN’S PHYSICAL PROPERTY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. GREAT SOUTHERN WAS BUILT IN 1854 AND HAS HAD MANY OF ITS ORIGINAL VICTORIAN FEATURES RESTORED
MAINTAIN 6 ACRES OF GARDENS SURROUNDING GREAT SOUTHERN FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF OUR GUESTS AND THE COMMUNITY
GROW A RANGE OF HERBS AND VEGETABLE ONSITE IN GREAT SOUTHERN’S POLYTUNNEL
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IHF, WE SUPPORT THE PLEDGE ON PLASTIC PACKAGING WASTE WHICH INVOLVES AVOIDING SINGLE USE PACKAGING AND IMPLEMENTING THE USE OF REUSEABLE PACKAGING AND STORAGE WHERE POSSIBLE. REMOVAL OF SINGLE USE PLASTICS - STRAWS, COCKTAIL STIRERS, PLASTIC BOTTLES IN MEETING ROOMS AND PUBLIC AREAS. WE ALSO MINIMISE PAPER USAGE. OUR MARKETING DEPARTMENT ALSO MINIMISE THE USE OF PRINTED MATERIALS AND ANY PRINTING THAT IS DONE FOR MARKETING PURPOSES IS DONE ON UNCOATED BOARD WHICH IS BIODEGRADABLE AND COMPOSTABLE
ELECTRIC CAR CHARING POINTS FOR GUEST USE
COMPOSTABLE TAKEAWAY COFFEE CUPS AND LIDS

Great Southern Killarney is committed to compliance with environmental legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice applicable to the hospitality industry and also directs business to suppliers and contractors who have a commitment to similar environmental values and objectives.

Through communication and training, our employees and contractors will be encouraged and assisted to enhance their awareness of the impact that each and every one of us have upon fragile environment in which we co-exist.

Social Corporate Responsibility:
The Hayfield Family Collection is committed to a sustainable future and to improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of the community. As outlined above, we adopt practices that reduces energy usage and waste in order to create a cleaner, safer place to live and work. We aim to do this through the implementation of the highest standards of environmental practice. We are also committed to investing in the communities where we do business and take care of people and places. We have an active charity program and we financially support qualifying charities and we also support through regularly sponsorship of events and through the provision of services. We are integrated into our community and are committed to making a positive impact. We are members of Killarney Chamber and Killarney Convention Bureau. Great Southern Killarney is part of the Tidy Towns initiative in which team members dedicate time to maintaining a clean and safe environment in Killarney and enhancing the beauty of the town. We realise that our actions have reactions and we aim to collectively act responsibly and contribute to the sustainable development of the community in which we operate. We are responsible for equality in the workplace. Our system of recruitment, participation and professional development ensures equal opportunities. We implement measures to ensure a good working environment and we respect and value all of our colleagues. Our company values are to be Honourable, Exceptional and Personal and we aim to exhibit those values in all our interactions with our guests, our partners, our employees, our communities and we aim to be a CSR leader within our industry.