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RIU Hotels & Resorts works on a daily basis to develop its business in a way that is progressively more responsible towards the environment and the community. For this purpose, the Corporate Social Responsibility team has an ambitious Action Plan which focuses on three main areas: environment, society and human resources. We invite you to discover the commitments and objectives that RIU has set in each of these fields, as well as its achievements.

RIU works with ‘Pequeño Valiente’, an association that helps children with cancer Ver todos »

Sustainability

Carmen Riu, CEO of RIU, has signed an agreement to support the 'Asociación de Padres Unidos Pequeño Valiente'. Through this agreement, the hotel chain will contribute €12,000 to cover, for a year, the expenses of having a home near the Las Palmas Mother and Child Hospital in order to provide accommodation for those families who need to go to Las Palmas while their ill children receive treatment.

RIU found out about the remarkable work done by this association through its vice-president and co-founder, José Juan Jerez Castro, who works for RIU in Gran Canaria. He was accompanied by his daughter Julia and by Cristina García-Machín Angulo, the President of 'Pequeño Valiente', who signed the agreement with RIU on behalf of the association.

The 'Asociación de Padres Unidos Pequeño Valiente' is a charity created by parents of children attending the Onco-hematology Department of the Las Palmas Mother and Child Hospital, with the aim of improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their families.

This agreement is a step forward in the achievement of the goals established in RIU’s Corporate Social Responsibility Strategic Plan, which, in terms of working with and helping the community, has identified the child health programme as a priority. That is why it supports different foundations, associations and hospitals that work with ill or disabled children.

'Pequeño Valiente' has been registered in the Canary Island Register of Associations since February 2007. In May 2009, it joined the Spanish Federation of Parents of Children with Cancer, which was awarded the 2013 prize for the Best Patient Support Organisation by the Fundación Tecnología y Salud.

Pequeño Valiente Website

RIU creates a National Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste Ver todos »

Sustainability

RIU has established a Private National Wildlife Refuge on the plot of land it owns in the coastal Mountain Range of Matapalo, next to the chain's two hotels in Costa Rica. This protected natural area occupies 200 hectares of land which is of great value for the biodiversity of Guanacaste. Creation of the RIU Refuge was officially announced in Gazette 241 of 13th December 2013, under Executive Decree No. 37993-MINAE

The RIU Refuge contains 250 flora and fauna species. It specifically has 140 plant species, including precious wood trees such as the Mahogany, Cachimbo and Black Laurel trees, in danger of extinction, and 10 orchid species; also over 80 species of resident and migratory birds; some 30 species of mammals (including 12 bat species), and over 10 reptile species, as detailed by biologist Gerardo Barboza Jiménez, who belongs to the Foundation for Balance between Conservation and Development (FUNDECODES) and carried out the field research and the Management Plan.

"For the RIU Hotels chain it was extremely satisfying for the country's National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) to approve its proposal to create this Refuge with the objective of protecting, preserving and managing the ecosystems it encompasses for a period of 10 years, which may be extended", pointed out Catalina Alemany, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at RIU Hotels. "Thanks to this important project, RIU has taken one step further in its CSR Plan which contemplates several biodiversity protection projects in the communities where it operates", she added.

This plot of land forms part of the Chorotega Biological Corridor and, therefore, favours biological connectivity between Protected Wildlife Areas of the country in this region. It is of high environmental, economic and social value, while complying with several national conservation-related objectives, such as scenic interest, biodiversity protection, local balance of water resources and its carbon sink function.

The company hopes to become carbon neutral by 2015 thanks to this function and to the efforts made by RIU to reduce its energy consumption.

RIU's conservation effort is in line with the conservation objectives of the Costa Rican State through a model of alliances between the private sector and the SINAC. This is an important contribution towards the conservation of Costa Rica's natural heritage in the Canton of Carrillo.

The main objectives of the Refuge are the protection, conservation and natural restoration of the forest, aquifer recharging, ensuring its function as a biological corridor, avoiding hunting, together with preventing and controlling forest fires as they are the main threat to this environment. A Management Plan was created to attain this, regulating the activities to be carried out so as to achieve the highest level of protection for the area's natural wealth.

RIU offers its full collaboration to the researchers and civil servants of the SINAC for them to visit the protected area, while the latter provide RIU the advice and collaboration the company requires to ensure the long-term conservation of the ecosystems present in the Refuge.

For further information: Press Department // Tel: +34 971 74 30 30 // prensa@riu.com

RIU certifies over 50% of its range with the Travelife 'Gold Award' Ver todos »

Sustainability

Six RIU hotels in Playa de Palma and Calas de Mallorca in Spain, as well as three hotels in Mexico (Riu Emerald Bay, Riu Cancun and Riu Caribe) have recently received the 'Travelife Gold Award', a recognition that certifies them as environmentally and socially responsible hotels. Over 50% of the chain's hotels are now certified with a 'Travelife Gold Award', taking it one step further in its Corporate Social Responsibility plan.

The RIU hotels in the Canary Islands received their certification this summer, while hotels in Andalusia and the Algarve, were awarded certifications with the gold standard in September. Certified hotels are found in Spain, Cape Verde, Portugal, Morocco, Mexico and Bulgaria. RIU is next set to audit its hotels in the Dominican Republic and Cuba as well as the remaining ones in Mexico. This successful project means that by the end of 2013 more than 75% of RIU's range will be certified as environmentally and socially responsible.

For further information: Press Department // Tel: +34 971 74 30 30 // prensa@riu.com