IHG has announced a national partnership with food rescue charity OzHarvest to tackle waste minimisation and hospitality skills training over the next two years.
The ‘Awesome Partnership’ kicked off at the start of September to coincide with IHG’s annual Giving for Good Month.
By supporting OzHarvest’s Food Rescue program, IHG will prevent good food from hotels going to waste and using it to feed hungry Australians through a network of charities across Australia.
Additionally, IHG will sponsor at least 10 at-risk 16 to 25-year-olds to earn a Certificate II or III in Hospitality through the OzHarvest Nourish Program.
Ronni Kahn, CEO and founder of OzHarvest, thanked IHG for coming on board as one of their Awesome Partners.
“A partnership is valuable when values are aligned, and what’s so beautiful with IHG and OzHarvest is we are both committed to sustainability and the health and wellbeing of our community,” she said.
“Not only does it make sense that we work together to rescue surplus food and feed hungry Australians, it also means we can give more young people the opportunity to go through life-transforming skills training and get experience in an IHG hotel. It’s an extraordinary opportunity for a young person who would never have that experience without the synergies between IHG and OzHarvest. We are so excited to be working closely with the passionate IHG family who share our vision to create a better world.”
Leanne Harwood, IHG’s managing director Australasia and Japan, said as one of the world’s leading hotel companies they have an important role to play in contributing to a sustainable future.
“We put sustainability at the forefront of all our thinking and have made some big commitments to energy, water, food and plastic reduction – but we can’t do it alone,” she said. “That’s why this partnership is so important to us. OzHarvest are the experts who already make a huge difference in Australia every day, so it made complete sense to partner with them.”