Community Footprints by Ritz Carlton – Making a Difference in the Lives and Economy of Local People
Press Room > 2019
Press Room > 2019
The brand-wide environmental and social responsibility program focuses its efforts on child well-being, poverty relief and the environment.
In Bali, the resort dedicated to ‘giving back’ initiated a number of signature programs that has made a positive impact on the Balinese community of Nusa Dua ranging from, fund raising to educational support and turtle conservation.
“Every initiative, whether it be fund raising for an orphanage, an internship for under privileged youth, or a conservation program, is seen as an opportunity to provide a positive impact on our local community, and it is through this ongoing support that we genuinely hope to make a meaningful difference,” says general manager Karim Tayach.
Many of the resort’s endeavours are led, by the Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort (as the property calls its staff), who voluntarily dedicate their time to causes, such as fundraising for victims of natural disasters, paying regular visits to Yayasan Wana Seraya, a local home for the elderly to organise fun activities for its aged-occupants.
Other staff-led initiatives included renovation and upgrades at TK Giri Sawangan Kindergarten to provide a more comfortable learning environment for young children. This initiative has helped the school with more than IDR 26 million for the renovation and upgrade of their infrastructure.
The Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort visit Yayasan Hati Mama Orphanage on a weekly basis; to conduct English classes and share knowledge and experience from within the hospitality industry, in order to encourage and motivate children to look towards a better future. While the ‘Success for Service’ program is run, in partnership with the Oetie Hermawan Foundation, in which disadvantaged youths with high grades, are offered internships.
When it comes to the environment, volunteers from Ritz-Carlton Bali, help to keep the local surroundings, including its beaches and temples clean and green. In support of the island-wide ban on single use plastic bags, the resort launched a reusable cloth bag for employee and guests to use.
Guests of the resort have the opportunity to participate on a personal level through the “Shoes for School” program. They may donate shoes to students, join in planting mangroves which are crucial to the coastal environment or release baby turtles to the ocean.