Minor International Celebrates Sustainable Business Achievements
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Minor International Celebrates Sustainable Business Achievements

Minor International (MINT) recognizes the efforts of businesses that have committed to sustainable development and ethical operations.

MINT, a Thai multinational company, specializes in hospitality, restaurant and lifestyle businesses located in 63 countries. Serving clients from Asia Pacific to the Americas, MINT’s business portfolio consists of thousands of food, hotel and travel experience providers.

Recognizing the complexity of the social and environmental challenges facing the world, MINT launched the Sustainability Awards in 2016, an initiative that encourages MINT member companies to showcase their sustainability practices.

For MINT, sustainability means successfully demonstrating the adoption of the concept of “shared value” and practicing social and environmental responsibility to reduce negative environmental impacts while growing the business.

This year, MINT awarded 6 companies in 3 categories for their commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Award for Excellence in Sustainability

In the category of the Sustainability Excellence Award, Nomad Coffee Group has proven its commitment to corporate social responsibility by receiving B Corp certification.

Businesses can only become B Corp certified after conducting a comprehensive environmental impact assessment that includes management, employees, community, customers and the environment.

Today, Nomad is the largest coffee company to achieve B Corp certification. This year, the company eliminated 30 tons of greenhouse gas emissions while increasing employee benefits.

Niyama Private Islands has also received the Sustainability Excellence Award from Minor International for its ongoing commitment to the protection of ecological habitats and ecosystems.

Continuing to work towards local biodiversity while minimising its impact on the environment, Niyama took further steps in 2023 to support the local community.

Niyama’s sustainability initiatives have included eliminating 404 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, composting 95 tons of food waste and ethically sourcing local ingredients such as seafood, herbs and vegetables.

Environmental Excellence Award

Minor Dairy Co., LTD and Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas are the two winners of the Environmental Excellence Award.

Both companies in this category focused on reducing energy consumption, and Minor Dairy Co. improved internal processes to reduce LPG and water consumption.

To achieve this, Minor Dairy Co., LTD installed new fat heating equipment and optimized hot water supply processes, which enabled it to save THB 1.22 million and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 162 tons.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has moved away from diesel generators as its primary source of electricity.

After investing US$577,500 in installing solar panels, Anantara saved US$150,551 by switching to renewable energy.

Through this initiative, Anatara eliminated over 588 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and continued to implement renewable energy sources across its accommodation and hotel facilities.

Award for Excellence in Social Impact

In the final category of the award, The Coffee Club Thailand and The Royal Livingstone were recognised by MINT for their social impact work.

In 2023, The Coffee Club transitioned to using 100% cage-free eggs and has now served over 1.5 million ethically sourced eggs in its restaurants.

This change has had a number of positive social impacts, such as improving animal welfare, providing customers with healthier food and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Royal Livingstone by Anantara and Avani Victoria Fall Resort received the award for providing vocational training and work experience opportunities to support young people in the local community.

Working with social impact organisations, Royal Livingstone currently offers a six-month Youth Employment Programme, a paid initiative designed to teach young people the skills needed in the hospitality industry.

The aim of this programme is to equip young people with the tools needed to pursue higher education or find employment in the hospitality or customer service sectors.

Minor International continually seeks ways to recognize ethical companies and organizations that are leaders in practicing social and environmental sustainability.

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