We are pleased to recognize our partner Concord Hospitality for their amazing contribution to the Clean the World Hotel Recycling program. Concord was one of the first management companies to adopt our program for all of their properties. Since 2010, Concord Hospitality properties combined have collected 104,952 lbs. of soap. Through our partnership, we have distributed 559,744 bars of life-saving soap to children and families in need worldwide. They’ve also diverted 173,717 or 87 tons of waste from hitting landfills.
“Our partnership with Clean the World started shortly after the organization was founded. I received a call from a gentleman who wanted to tell me about a new non-profit that would take our hotels’ used soap and bottled amenities to sanitize and redistribute to kids who are dying of diarrheal diseases. After the conversation, I was delighted to think that our waste could ultimately save lives. I walked down to our CEO’s office – he too loved the idea and said it’s important that we get buy-in from our owners, so I then walked down to our COO’s office – he wrote a letter to all owners noting our desire to have all hotels participate in the program,” says Debra Punke, Senior Vice President of Human Capital & Communications.
“Just a few months later, we were almost 100% implemented, and today we remain strong in our participation. IN addition to our daily efforts, we have attended three mission trips, distributing more than 45,000 bars of soap in total between Guatemala and Guadalajara. Today we look back, and we have diverted nearly 90 tons of waste, created one-half a million bars of soap and saved an estimated 100,000 lives. Concord was one of the first hotel companies to embrace the Clean the World program; we are proud to have set the path for so many other hotel companies and brands to follow! We are raving fans of this organization and the people who serve it. Our associates know that their efforts do make a difference – #soapsaveslives.”
Thank you to Concord Hospitality and their team. It’s through their dedication and tremendous partnership that we can support our mission of recycling soap and saving lives.