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Our Sustainability Story

We embrace our responsibility for environmental, social, and economic stewardship and are committed to integrating sustainable practices, as well as sustainability principles, into our core business strategies. We are proud to present some of the initiatives we have taken to meet the standards of ISO 20121 and how we continuously strive to raise the bar in our collective efforts for sustainable practices.

The First Hotel in the World to Achieve ISO 20121

ISO 20121 is an Events Sustainability Management System standard that has been designed to help organizations in the events industry to improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products, and services. We have a selection of initiatives that allow you to support your sustainable meetings such as linen-less tables and chairs, controlled room temperature, food donation, local organic coffee/tea breaks, potted plants, bulk condiments, and sustainable bottled water.

Pimarn Siam Hall - Classroom set up

Our Initiatives

We are proud to present the initiatives we have taken so far to meet the standards of ISO 20121.

Guestroom Remodeling

Hotel guestrooms are designed by limiting waste that seamlessly repurposed elements of particular distinction from the old design into the new understated chic, including much of the furniture. Moreover, all design and craftsmanship are 100% home-grown in Thailand. Fun Fact: Have you noticed the artwork on the wall in our rooms? They are made from the headboards of the previous bed that used to be in these rooms. They are given a new purpose, instead of going to waste.

Royal Guest Room - Living Area

Organic Rice

We have implemented the policy of serving only organically-grown rice in our restaurants, banqueting and staff canteen. Marking the opening of a new chapter in the hotel’s community engagement and sustainability practices, the rice carries Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand confirming that the Nonkortung Community Business Group in Amnat Charoen Province where it comes from, meets the exacting ACT-IFOAM organic standard. Fun Fact: The Athenee Hotel purchase around 3 tons of organic rice every month.

Back To Green

Organic Product

Sustainable food systems require the combined participation of farmers, buyers and consumers. The Athenee Hotel, in sourcing organic produce directly from farmers and serving it in our restaurants, helps to promote the sustainable concept to the consumer and also supports the local farming communities with a sure income. Organic tourism in this way benefits the environment, the farmers, and our guests who appreciate the role they play and also enjoy the fresh and healthy food. Fun Fact: One of our restaurants, House of Smooth Curry, is serving organic produce for 85 per cent! Our chef creates a healthy menu from in-season fruits and vegetables.

The House of Smooth Curry - Chili, Vegetables And Pork

Food Waste Prevention

Food waste is food that is discarded or lost uneaten. The causes of food waste or loss are numerous and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption. Global food loss and waste amounts to between one-third and one-half of all food produced. Loss and wastage occur at all stages of the food supply chain. In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food – about 100 kilograms per person per year – is wasted at the consumption stage Fun Fact: We have a program called food rescue, in which we repurpose our kitchen’s discards by making stock from vegetable peels, fruit cores or bones.

The Rain Tree Cafe - Secret Garden

LED Lighting in Our Hotel

Our hotel is committed to helping save our planet’s resources, and has a very active sustainability and conservation program. One recent initiative has been to change all the lights in the hotel to LED Fun Fact: Did you know that the design of our chandeliers are inspired by the shape of traditional Thai jasmine garlands? Not only do they look pretty but they are energy saving as well. By using LED lights we saved our energy by 83.95%!


Water Recycling Project

We have our own Water Recycling project and Water treatment project which helps reduce our waste water disposal and prevents depleting freshwater from our ecosystems. Fun Fact: Wastewater can also serve a new purpose. To make this happen, the wastewater goes through the water treatment system. Once it has been treated, it can be reused in the cooling tower. In this way we reduce sewage discharge to the environment by 50 per cent.

Guest Room - West-Facing Garden View

Skip the Straw

We removed 100 percent of plastic straws from 275,000 straws in 2012, by replacing them with paper straws. Removing plastic straws was one of the simplest ways our guests were able to contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us. Between 2018 and 2021, we further reduced the use of paper straws by 74 percent by offering paper straws only on request. As we welcome a large number of guests every day, we believe this is a powerful step forward to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.

Chrystal Hall Round Table Presentation Setup


Our management team have reached out to more than 5,000 people to share how we continue to embrace our responsibility for environmental, social and economic growth and the wellbeing of society. Internal training is always provided for all associates to give them knowledge about ISO20121.


Our Hotel Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, they address the challenges we face. Learn more about our initiatives to reach each specific goals.


Donation to Klong Toey Child support

Everyday an organization called Scholars of Sustenance (SOS Global) packs the unserved foods, like pastries, bread and fruit, and redistributes it to communities in need. In this way, limited food will go to waste and serves a better purpose.   

During the Associates Appreciation Week multiple sports activities are organized, from a wellbeing walk and run to evening workout. Apart from that, every quarter associates are able to donate blood with the Red Cross Thailand to take care of those in need. 

Since 2013 our management team has reached more than 5,000 invited guests at at seminars and panels on Sustainability! 

Equality of male and female employees within our hotel (49/51 per cent). 

Water treatment plan

At this moment, all of the old light bulbs are replaced by LED for 90 per cent within our hotel. Our ultimate goal is to reach 98 per cent. 

We care about our associates’ wellbeing, both mental and psychical and the committees’ welfare. Therefore we organize an Associate Appreciation Week annually, in which we have activities to make them feel appreciated.

Our initiatives for ISO 2012.1 have the main purpose to be sustainable for people, profit and planet. As if now, we have a water-recycling project underway that reuses wastewater in the toilet system. 

Opportunity for physically challenged. 

Getting more associates to know about the process of producing rice, we organize an Organic Farm Tour in which associates are involved in rice plantation, and some of them even in harvesting. 

In order to reduce food waste, we categorized food waste into four groups: spoiled products and expired date products, kitchen waste, buffet waste and customer plate leftover waste. By doing so, we are able to weigh all kinds of waste to understand which category needs the attention to handle with care.

Being aware of our electricity and water consumptions helps creating forecasts and plan site goals to reduce carbon emission. 

Plastic straws are among the top 10 plastic debris found in the ocean. Skip the straw contributes in conserving and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

To contribute in preserving diverse forms of life on land, we have a water treatment system which gives wastewater a new purpose. The treated water is reused in the cooling tower. 

We cherish a partnership with several significantly relevant organizations, among them is Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB. We were given an opportunity to work with TCEB to work Farm to Function, which is about purchasing rice directly from farmers and delivering it to our hotel. 


The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok