Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd. today released its FY21 Sustainability Report that outlines its current Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives and the company’s FY26 Sustainability Goals and Targets. The full report can be accessed here.

Through Lemon Tree’s Sustainability Program, the company has made a commitment to creating a positive social and environmental impact across its operations, supply chain and extended community.

Mr. Patu Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd., said, “I am delighted to share the first edition of our ESG Report which outlines our commitment towards long term sustainability. Over the years, we have undertaken several initiatives to create a positive impact wherever we do business and have delivered value through and to our employees, leadership team, customers, investors, owners and the community at large. Lemon Tree has demonstrated environmental stewardship through its energy, water and waste reduction efforts as well as social growth through its programs around inclusion, mainstream employment of marginalized segments and community engagement.”

In FY21, the COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for all sectors and deeply impacted the hospitality industry. Lemon Tree was able to redefine its business model and continue to work with and support communities across India:

·         Through partnerships with state governments, we converted a number of our hotels into quarantine centers for Indians returning from foreign countries

·         Under our program, ‘Support by Lemon Tree’, we provided accommodation to house COVID patients at our hotels in partnership with leading hospital chains (more than 1000 rooms)

·         Our ‘Rest Assured’ initiative, in partnership with Diversey, defined sanitization protocols, laid down a set of new house rules and preventive measures to be followed by guests, visitors and team members at our properties

·         Select hotels worked closely with local administration and other stakeholders to provide free packed meals to affected communities during the lockdown

Lemon Tree has also received a number of awards recognizing it’s ESG efforts, over the years:

1.   Investing in People Award, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019, World Travel & Tourism Council

2.   Boldness in Business Award for Corporate Responsibility/Environment 2018, Financial Times Arcelor Mittal

3.   Green Champion Award 2018, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

4.   Gold Certification (6 hotels), Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)

5.   12th Best Large Workplaces in Asia 2018; and 4th Best Company in India 2017, Great Places To Work Institute

6.   Role Model Company 2017 and 2012, NCPEDP Hellen Keller Award

7.   Best Employer National Award, 2016 and 2011; and Outstanding Work in the Creation of a Barrier-free Environment for Persons with Disabilities, 2012 – from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

8.   World Responsible Tourism Award 2016, WTM®, London

9.   Asian Human Capital Award 2015: Innovative and Impactful People Practices, Ministry of Manpower (Singapore) and Human Capital Leadership Institute

10.Exemplary Practice Award 2014: for hiring People with Disabilities, Cornell University

About Lemon Tree Hotels

Lemon Tree Hotels Limited is India’s largest hotel chain in the mid-priced hotel sector, and the third largest overall, on the basis of controlling interest in owned and leased rooms, as of June 30, 2017, according to the Horwath Report. We operate in the upscale segment and in the mid-market sector, consisting of the upper-midscale, midscale and economy segments. We deliver differentiated yet superior service offerings, with a value-for-money proposition.

LTHL opened its first hotel with 49 rooms in May 2004 and currently operates ~8,500 rooms in 87 hotels across 54 destinations, in India and abroad, under its various brands viz. Aurika Hotels & Resorts, Lemon Tree Premier, Lemon Tree Hotels, Red Fox Hotels, Keys Prima, Keys Select and Keys Lite. As the current pipeline becomes operational, LTHL will be operating ~10,450 rooms in 106 hotels across 64 destinations, in India and abroad.

Lemon Tree Hotels, including Keys Hotels, are located across India, in metro regions including the NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai, as well as numerous other tier I and II cities such as Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Indore, Aurangabad, Udaipur, Vishakhapatnam, Kochi, Ludhiana, Thiruvananthapuram and Vijayawada. The company expanded internationally with hotels opening in Dubai in December 2019 and in Bhutan in February 2020. New hotels are also set to open internationally in Bhutan and Nepal.

To know more, visit lemontreehotels.com | aurikahotels.com

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