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Jetwing believes that tourism cannot exist in isolation and only works well when a complex and intimate relationship with the local community and the environment strikes a harmonious balance. The Sustainability Strategy at Jetwing Hotels is the framework – developed from the Jetwing Sustainability Policy – by which Jetwing hotels continue to pioneer and improve upon initiatives to achieve this ideal a balance. The Jetwing Eternal Earth Programme (JEEP) is our dedicated website which showcases these sustainability projects carried out by Jetwing hotels over the years.

To further ensure that all hotels attain consistent high standards of environmental custodianship in both front-end and back-end processes, Jetwing initiated a process of compiling Green Directories. Each hotel reports its progress based on specified key performance areas using standardized framework and procedures developed by an independent environmental consultant.

Sustainability Strategy at Jetwing Hotels:

Sustainability underscores all aspects of operation and lifestyle at our hotels*. We aim to provide world class service to our guests, while striving towards social and economic progress for all stakeholders and reducing our ecological footprint.

The Sustainability Strategy guides us, in our continuous improvement in key impact areas.

  • Carbon Dioxide released through burning fossil fuels is the largest source of greenhouse gas responsible for global climate change. We strive towards carbon neutrality at the operations level of each hotel, not primarily through carbon offset but by minimizing emissions through innovation and tenacious efforts to reduce our fossil fuel usage and increase generation of renewable energy.
  • With population growth, natural resources and services are in high demand and limited supply. The hospitality industry is an intense resource consumer and in an effort to reduce our burden on the environment, we focus on resource optimization and management to reduce consumption as well as increase reusability of waste produced on our sites.
  • With high rates of habitat loss occurring globally, we are ever conscious about impacting the natural systems and organisms with which we share this planet. We strive to protect, and spread awareness about the flora and fauna in the diverse and sensitive habitats in and around our hotel properties.
  • Our undying love for Sri Lanka and her culture has us eager to preserve and share the country’s rich and diverse heritage with our guests while also being mindful to retain its unique authenticity. We are also committed towards passing along the economic and social benefits of sustainable tourism to the community through livelihood development and support.
  • As a family of people we are committed to providing our associates with an enriching and equal opportunity work environment to promote employee satisfaction, welfare and empowerment. Through personal and professional development opportunities and interest based organizations and events we encourage a holistic experience marked by innovation, exploration and growth.
  • Our islandwide presence requires the transport and movement of large quantities of material and supplies. In order to minimise the negative impact on people and the environment we are dedicated to minimising imports, supporting the local economy, internalizing the supply chain wherever possible and encouraging supplier responsibility.

* This strategy applies to and is implemented at our owned properties, specifically: Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Kaduruketha, Jetwing Lagoon, Jetwing Lighthouse, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Jetwing Vil Uyana, Jetwing Yala

Sustainability Highlights:

  • Hot water is generated by renewable energy sources: solar heaters and boilers powered by responsibly sourced cinnamon wood (one of four species of sustainable fuel wood and an otherwise discarded by-product of the cinnamon spice industry).
  • In 2014, Jetwing Hotels saved over 140 million liters of freshwater by treating and reusing 100% of the wastewater generated at the hotels. That’s enough to fill 56 Olympic size swimming pools!
  • Jetwing Vil Uyana was possibly the first hotel in the world to create a man-made wetland with a range of water-based and forested habitats on land previously used for slash and burn agriculture. This has greatly increased the area’s biodiversity. Presently 112 species of birds, 20 species of mammals, 36 species of butterflies and 8 species of amphibians have been recorded within the hotel premises, a section of which has also been designated as a loris conservation site.
  • In the last ten years, Jetwing has conducted 13 Jetwing Youth Development Programs (JYDP) in 8 locations throughout the country. These programs provide rural youth with free English language and professional training to equip them with the skills needed to seek employment in the tourism sector.
  • Roofing materials such as clay tiles, coconut palm or illuk grass thatching are used to minimize interior heat gain. This reduces the energy needed to cool hotel spaces.
  • Jetwing Hotels has significantly reduced the amount of plastic in the procurement of food supplies by eliminating extraneous packaging through bulk purchasing and educating suppliers about the negative impact of polythene.

Jetwing has developed the following policies in order to ensure compliance with industry standards which focus on specific operational areas. These policies are based on the concepts of the overarching Sustainability Strategy:

Jetwing Environmental Policy:

Jetwing takes all possible steps to protect and maintain a clean and healthy environment. Read our Environmental Policy here.

Jetwing Energy Management Policy:

We at Jetwing understand and believe that energy is a valuable commodity and conservation of energy is the need of the hour. Read our Energy Management Policy here.

Jetwing Human Rights Policy:

Jetwing acknowledges and respects the principles contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Read our Human Rights Policy Statement here.

Jetwing ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ on Child Abuse in Sri Lanka:

Jetwing Hotels Ltd as a responsible tourism initiative aims to highlight and generate awareness on child abuse in Sri Lanka which it has a zero tolerance policy on. Click here for further details.