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Sustainability Report 2016

Welcome to the Sani Sustainability Report 2016 Sani Resort is a haven of 5 star luxury within a 1.000 acre reserve. Four luxury hotels and a marina are situated within 450 hectares of natural beauty, with the newest addition to the Sani hotel collection and with the fifth and newest addition to the Sani hotel collection being Sani Dunes, opening in June 2017. In this land blessed by nature, the company considers it its duty to offer an unparalleled holiday experience to its guests, while protecting this unique ecological sanctuary and the people living within and around it. The comprehensive sustainability programme at Sani is called Sani Green and it encompasses the sustainability principles which are at the heart of the company’s vision and day to day operations. Sani Green is made up of three pillars: (a) sustainable hotel operations, (b) protection and enhancement of local biodiversity, and (c) local community support and human capital development. Our programme is certified with leading environmental certification programmes ISO 14001, Travelife GOLD, Green Key and the Blue Flag. In 2016 the company strived to further expand on many sustainability initiatives under the Sani Green umbrella and improve further upon environmental indicators, particularly in the areas of water, waste, single plastic use reduction and chemical waste management. Guest participation in the company’s sustainability programmes continued to grow exponentially. This year, the Sani company also increased its outreach to the most vulnerable, further supporting charities, organization and schools in need. We are delighted to guide you through our results in these areas in this sustainability report.


Sani Green

Sani Resort’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme pursues three strategic objectives with a well-defined set of policies, initiatives and measurable targets.

A. Sustainable Hotel Operations B. Protection and Enhancement of Local Biodiversity C. Local Community Support and Human Capital Development

2016: Certified Sustainability

The company’s sustainability programmes are constantly monitored by external, independent parties, annually garnering these prestigious awards.

Sample awards and certifications anti-clockwise top left to right: Travelife Gold, The Green Key, The Blue Flag, ISO14001 Environmental Management System certified by TUV Austria.

Sani Green at a glance


Electricity consumption 24,80 kWh/GN in 2016 Recycling rate of 48,6% in 2016 up from 42,5% in 2015 and 17% in 2013 Single use plastic items have been reduced by 54% since 2013 Water consumption reduced by another 2% compared to 2015 Local and domestic products used remain over 56% in 2016

LOCAL BIODIVERSITY • The Sani Wetlands Project: a strategic partnership with the Hellenic Ornithological Society to preserve the wetlands and create an eco-tourism destination • Forest Protection initiatives • Sani Animal Rescue helped 11 animals to be rehomed • Complimentary eco-guide tours with over 2.400 guests participating increased by 65% since 2015

COMMUNITY & HUMAN CAPITAL • Community, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities Employee Policy in place • 71% of staff Greek, 80% of that local • 6.300 hours of staff training offered • Eco Day Festival open to over 20.000 guests and local residents • Key regional benefactor supporting local schools, charities and associations

A. Sustainable Hotel Operations

Energy and Carbon Management The focus on reducing the company’s contribution to climate change is expressed through energy use KPIs monitored carefully across the resort. In new projects, such as the Sani Dunes hotel that began construction in 2016, utmost care has been given to design it with key sustainability features and state of the art technology to minimise the hotel’s carbon footprint.

20,33 kg CO2e/

guest night* Our carbon equivalent in kilograms per guest night in 2016

* Sani Resort monitors CO2e in kg/gn

-2,25% Reduction of energy use since 2015 for Porto Sani, as a result of extensive staff training


Strip doors have been installed in all large refrigerators in 2016 Extensive training is scheduled for 2017 with an energy policy coming into force

A. Sustainable Hotel Operations

Waste Water Management Water reduction measures led to a reduction of water use in 2016, and are due to continue further in 2017.

-2,5% Recycling water is used for peripheral garden irrigation in accordance to legislation. Wastewater is treated in a state of the art three-stage biological treatment plant with UV filters. The recycled water network will expand further in 2017

Water recycled and reused

consumption reduction since 2015 and 19% since 2014

-8,5% reduction in water leaks and damages affecting water use

An analytical water audit was conducted in 2016. Staff training to be further extended in 2017

A. Sustainable Hotel Operations

Waste Management

Sani Resort has further improved on its strong performance in waste management, having overcome the absence of municipality recycling services to reach results, placing the company as a leader and global best practice case study in hotel waste management.

48,6% Total waste recycling rate, starting from 17% in 2013 Recycled input materials used percentage



Total recycling waste from Sani Resort compared to 227tn in 2015

of extensive employee sustainability training per employee, including training on waste management procedures


Recycled input materials total weight


Plastic bag ban The resort has banned single use plastic bags in all owned operations and suppliers are encouraged to use reusable, paper or other bags

All Nespresso capsules used are now recycled

Single use plastic items have been reduced by

54% since


A. Sustainable Hotel Operations

Sustainable Procurement & supplier assessment The company community policy is to support local suppliers, highlight local produce, as well as reduce waste and chemical use. Sani evaluates all suppliers also on the basis of sustainability criteria focusing on quality, proximity, environmental protection and business ethics, as set out in the sustainability procurement policy.

Going ultra local Pines is the new concept sustainable restaurant at Sani Resort. Pines offers an exciting modern Greek menu based on a “farm-to-table� concept, with gorgeous dishes created using only fresh and mainly organic produce from within 100km of Sani Resort

56% Product turnover is local or domestic, with networks of partnerships in place with local farms and producers All suppliers are screened using environmental criteria

-36 % lt/gn reduction in use of chemicals where solid chemical technology was introduced

-19 % lt/gn reduction in chemical use in the wastewater treatment plant

A. Sustainable Hotel Operations

Key targets 2017 for Sani Green Sustainability

Targets for 2017

Energy management / emissions

Maintain 2016 levels despite planned facility extensions

Increase staff training and adopt an energy policy in line with ISO 50001

Water management

Maintain 2016 levels despite planned facility extensions and set a new baseline as the resort continues to expand

Increase staff training, expand installation for flow restrictors to remaining basins

Waste water management

Increase waste water use efficiency

Increase usage of waste water for irrigation purposes

Waste management

Achieve 50% recycling rates

Increase staff training, further reduction of plastic use, introduce composting


Increase local products further

Work closer with suppliers to improve joint sustainability performance

Sustainability trainings

Deliver over 3 hours of sustainability training per staff member

Increase staff training (induction and on-the-job training)



B. Protection and Enhancement of Local Biodiversity

Sani Green: An Integral Part of the Guest Experience

Sani Resort places great emphasis in getting guests to be a part of the sustainability experience. Be it from choosing local produce on the menus or attending complimentary eco trips, there is a vast array of experiences to be a part of. The Sani Wetlands book is placed in all rooms, showcasing the Sani Wetlands wildlife, as well as birdwatching routes. Hermes the Black-Winged Stilt, a children’s fairy tale story, is available in selected rooms and for purchase, with proceeds donated to local conservation partners. Complimentary guided nature trips are offered with a resident eco-guide (such as bird-watching, hiking, biking and farm trips). The weekly Sani Eco Day festival, a pop-up event dedicated to the environment and the local community, takes place every Sunday in the summer months. Sani Resort also offers tailor-made kids and teens outdoor eco-educational experiences, called the Sani Adventurer and Explorer programmes.

B. Protection and Enhancement of Local Biodiversity


Emphasis on Education

bird species can be found in the Sani Wetlands, a public 110-hectare area featuring over half of bird species present across Greece. The area was abandoned, littered and unknown prior to its adoption by Sani. In a seven-year strategic partnership with Birdlife International’s local arm, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS), the vulnerable habitat’s species are being documented and protection measures put in place

1.800 Euro birdwatching BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event is becoming even more popular. This year, more than 150 guests and locals participated in order to birdwatch with our eco-guide and HOS experts and to experience the magic of bird migration


people, especially children, visited the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) kiosk in 2016 to learn about the Wetlands project


children participated in educational workshops about birds during the Eco Days


kids from local schools participated in 2016 in educational programmes at the Wetlands

B. Protection and Enhancement of Local Biodiversity

65% growth in the Sani Excursions programme since 2015

9,70/10 guest satisfaction on sustainability, compared to 9,66/10 in 2015

11.000 kids

participate in Sani educational eco programmes about local flora and fauna in the Mini and Teen Clubs


Sani Eco Excursion participation 2013-2016 2500 2000

Stray cats and dogs were rehomed as part of the Sani Animal Rescue programme through a partnership with local charity Halkidiki Animal Rescue


1500 1000 500 0




Forest Walk

Bird watching

Bousoulas Hiking


Farm Trip

Beehives Trip


Petralona Cave

C. Local Community Support and Human Capital Development

Sani Resort is dedicated to supporting the local community and building further on human capital development

6.300 hours

of training offered

71% of Sani staff is Greek

80% of Greek staff is local

A wide range of internal and third party health & safety audits conducted in 2016 in order to ensure the health, safety and the welfare of guests, employees and all third parties involved in resort operations

20.000 guests

The Sani Eco Day Festival is open to 20.000 guests and local residents, showcasing local customs, organic and local products, as well as local cultural associations 14

Equal opportunities and health and safety policies are in place, creating a safe environment with satisfied employees

C. Local Community Support and Human Capital Development SANI RESORT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY Sani Resort strives to offer a high standard of holiday services that exceed customer expectations whilst respecting the environment and people. The administration and hotel staff commit to the continuous improvement and sustainable performance of all hotels as part of the Sani S.A. group’s greater sustainability policy. For this purpose, ongoing environmental initiatives are implemented under the umbrella name “Sani Green”, which encompasses every environmental initiative and activity developed by the Sani S.A. group. Furthermore, an environmental management system has been established and is maintained at the hotels in conformance with the requirements of the ISO 14001:2004 standards. The Sani Resort management team is committed to meeting required legal and environmental requirements and to continuously improving its environmental performance in the following areas: . . . . . . . .

Protection and enhancement of local biodiversity; Reduction of energy and resource use; Increase of renewable energy use; Reduction of water usage; Reduction of waste; Reduction of the use of chemicals; Environmental supply chain management; Increase of environmental awareness among all employees, guests as well as residents of the local community.

The management team regularly reviews this environmental policy, reassessing and setting new goals, as well as ensuring their communication.

EMPLOYEE AND COMMUNITY POLICY SANI RESORT is committed to monitoring how its operations impact the local and business community and is striving to make a positive contribution, constantly investing in human capital and supporting the local Halkidiki community.   The company’s community policy includes the following values.   Employees  

We value our staff and treat them fairly and with respect, ensuring that no one is discriminated against, irrespective of age, sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

We take staff development seriously and provide training to support our employees in their roles from their induction and throughout their careers at our hotel.   We comply with all applicable employee laws and regulations in our country.   We are continually training our staff on our sustainability commitments and health and safety issues, so that they understand the role they play in delivering our objectives and targets.  

We offer our employees a safe and healthy environment. All our hotels strictly follow national and international laws and best practices. Local community   Wherever possible, we buy our food and beverage products from local and Greek businesses and closely monitor and aim to improve the percentage of   local and Greek products.

We are committed to maintaining a close relationship with our local community, ensuring that any concerns about our business operations are addressed collaboratively. We make donations to support local organizations and initiatives.  

Child protection We are committed to respecting and promoting children rights, as prescribed by applicable legislation and Greek charity ‘The Smile of the Child’

C. Local Community Support and Human Capital Development

Sani Resort supports the local community through a range of partnerships and programmes The Sani company continued to support local and national organisations, from charities to schools and organisations working with refugees, in order to support the most vulnerable.

Some of the organisations Sani Resort supported in 2016:


Arctouros Christian Mission Thessaloniki Desmos Charity Food bank of Nea Moudania Food bank of Kriopigi Fire Department Makedonia Airport Friends of the Poor Polygyros Halkidiki Animal Rescue Hellenic Ornithological Society Katerini Old People’s Home Make-a-Wish Foundation Salvation Army Greece Nursery Portarias Halkidiki Pefkohori Elementary School Potidea Special Education School 2nd Nursery School N. Moudania Social Grocery Store of the Thessaloniki Municipality Solidarity Now Refugee Support 16

About the report . The information and data covers Sani Resort hotel activities . The information used is for the financial year 2016 (April 2016 – October 2016, which is the period the resort is operational). April 2016 had few guest nights . Carbon emissions include Scope In for the above period . The pictures in the report are copyright of Sani Resort . Sani Resort and Sani Green are trademarks property of Sani SA . The report or part of the report cannot be published or used without the official license of Sani Resort


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Annual sustainability report 2016  

Annual sustainability report 2016

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