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    Alexa Poortier

    This article came out 2 years ago … it was when I first experienced the Make a Green Choice (MAGC) program of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

    What’s in it for guests? With no housekeeping service up to 3 nights, guests get 250-500 Starpoints or a $5/5€ F&B voucher/ night. No cleaning, no beds made, no fresh sheets or towels, no replacement bathroom amenities, no turn down service. But of course, I could get one glass of wine and pay with a voucher after 3 days!

    What’s in it for the hotel? They say they save up to 49.2 gallons water, 0.19 kWh electricity, 25,000 BTU natural gas, and 7oz. cleaning products/night (all good). They refrained to say how much money they saved with less water, electricity, gas and cleaning products since 2009 (all good) … less sheets and towels to replace, less cleaning products and amenities to buy, and less housekeeping staff to pay.

    The 3P (profit, people, planet) framework of sustainability evaluates the financial, social and environmental performance of a business. Starwood Hotels and Resorts is one of the largest hotel groups in the world with brands Sheraton, Loft, W, Le Meridien, Westin, Element, St. Regis, Tribute and Design Hotels. Their MAGC program is good for profit and planet, but what is its impact on the hotel’s people – the housekeeping staff?

    2017 is the Year of Sustainable Development promoting sustainable growth and aims to raise the average living standards; benefit society across the income distribution, rather than just the rich. The MAGC program is thriving … and for the housekeepers, they get less too … maybe less work, less money to bring home to family and less than average living standards … or maybe less jobs. Is this sustainability? Frankly, I would happily give up a free glass of wine if it means keeping the hotel’s housekeepers gainfully employed. Would you?

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