Comwell is Denmark's most sustainable hotel chain and recipient of the Sustainable Brand Index Awards for the third year in a row.
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We base this concept on three key parameters:
We are the first Danish hotel chain in Denmark to develop our own barista education in collaboration with the Hotel & Restaurant School – a kind of sommelier education – just within coffee/tea. We train baristas in all our hotels, who ensure a consistent concept and quality every day, all day.
So when you're a guest at Comwell, whether you're staying overnight, attending meetings and conferences, enjoying a good dinner, at a party or other events, you can always be sure that the coffee and tea you are served is carefully selected and organic.
Our policy regarding the choice of ingredients and beverages is key to our sustainable conversion.
For this reason, we prioritise as much as possible:
We also focus on:
In our kitchens we have kicked off a number of initiatives and set goals for our daily work:
When we set up for everyday use and parties in our restaurants, we have special focus on:
At our spa hotels, we are very conscious of which products we use for treatments.
We use sustainable, paraben-free products, with up to 70% ecology in certain products, as well as natural and essential oils.
In addition, we focus on our bathrobe and towel consumption, just as we increasingly use soya candles with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, instead of scented candles and fragrance sticks.
In our housekeeping procedures, we consider our guests, employees and the environment.
We strive to use fragrance-free products for washing bedlinen, duvets, pillows and towels, as well as working towards offering environmentally friendly, non-allergenic room products that are free of parabens.
Our goal is to ensure the products we use for cleaning also feature the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Therefore, we make demands on the suppliers we work with now and in the future.
Over the last six years, our hotels have collectively reduced electricity, water and heat consumption by over 20%. Looking forward, we have a goal of reducing it with a further 2% every year.
We will therefore focus on:
Comwell's sustainability initiatives also include our receptions and conference departments, where we will:
The Organic Cuisine Label is a state-run labelling scheme for dining establishments. It is comparable to Denmark’s red Ø label. The only difference is that the Organic Cuisine Label comes in three versions: gold, silver and bronze.
In Comwell, we have been awarded the Organic Cuisine Label in bronze in all our hotels This means that 30-60% of all our food and beverage purchases are organic.
We believe that the Organic Cuisine Label will improve the quality and taste experience that our kitchens provide our guests.
Did you know that in August 2017 we received the Year's Organic Prize 2017, awarded by Organic Denmark as a tribute to people who invest a large amount of work and commitment on a daily basis to spread ecology in industrial kitchens in Denmark?
The REFOOD label is a trust-based scheme for companies and organisations in the food and services sector, who actively take action against food waste and to improve recycling.
To become a member, you have to demonstrate your commitment by choosing three food-saving initiatives from among REFOOD's numerous suggestions, as well as having a scheme for reusing food waste.
In Comwell, we believe it sends a strong signal that all hotels are committed to the REFOOD label. It is a way of supporting the vision of a sustainable food and services sector, defined by less waste of resources and more recycling.
The potential for sorting and minimising waste is great. We increase the amount we reuse, to ensure the environment is less impacted.
This is why all Comwell hotels have a Daka REFOOD solution, where organic waste and frying oil are collected and reused for biogas and second-generation biodiesel.
Concerning other waste, one of our main areas of action is to sort in more fractions to improve our recycling processes and minimise the amount of waste.
All Comwell's hotels have been awarded the Green Key label, which is the eco-label for international tourism. It is awarded to businesses in the tourism industry that make an extra effort to protect the environment.
The label reflects Comwell's compliance with a number of specific and relevant environmental requirements across the entire hotel operation.
The requirements include everything from energy, water and cleaning to organic ingredients, which we regularly document and are checked on.
Precision and presence create value. These are the values Comwell work from in its day-to-day operations – also when it comes to our corporate social responsibility, where healthy environmental, economic and social aspects pervade the decisions in the daily management.
Comwell's sustainability efforts are part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy and are a significant part of Comwell's everyday operation.
Through the work with our social responsibility, we are precise in our communication and at the same time present to the people and the surrounding society we wish to improve. Through precision and presence, we believe that we can create a company and a society that exist in harmony.