Hospitality is rooted in empathy; genuine care for others is a key trait of those who love the industry. Perhaps this is why they have a keen focus on giving back and social responsibility. We’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some of the individuals involved in these projects over the years, and being the season for it, I have listed a few below.
- Hospitality Action has been around for over 170 years. According to the history published on their website, they were originally founded as the “London Coffee House Keepers Association” for the purpose of providing relief to aged members of the trade, and their widows and orphans. They now provide all manner of support for hospitality workers who need it, including financial counseling, grants for essential items, and support for retired workers.
- The Hospitality Trust, based in Ireland, also aims to support current and previous hospitality and catering workers who find themselves in need of financial assistance. Funds are provided through donations, corporate sponsors, and events, and are distributed to those in need through an application process.
- The Global Soap Project is working to distribute left over soaps from hotels to populations around the world. This group partners with hotels to collect unused soaps in large proportions, recycle it into new bars, and, working with organizations already in place, put soap in the hands of those who otherwise would not have access to it.
This is far from a complete list and many brands create their own social responsibility programs. I’d love to hear about your own favorites for inclusion in future reports. I didn’t list yours, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.