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Resource use research

Resource use research

We are evaluating vehicle use, and investigating how using solar power could help reduce HBD’s diesel consumption.

Locally-grown products

Locally-grown products

Dining in our restaurants offers a taste of sustainability, with fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on HBD’s organic farms part of your plate.

Eco-friendly Construction

Eco-friendly Construction

Sundy Praia’s construction incorporated reversible construction principles, such as with specialised footing that uses a ‘screw in’ mechanism instead of concrete for the tented villas.

Recycling

Recycling

We have a dedicated waste management & recycling team and lead regular community clean-ups to raise awareness about the impact of litter.

Employment

Employment

As Príncipe’s largest employer, we create career opportunities and provide ongoing training for HBD team members.

Local roots

Local roots

93% of the HBD team are from the islands, and we aim for locally-rooted leaders to carry our vision forward.

Sustainable experiences

Sustainable experiences

As of 2021, we don’t offer catch-and-release, deep sea, or sport fishing, in line with our conservation goals.

Paciência Organic

Paciência Organic

Our Paciência Organic chocolate is made using cacao grown in our birdsong-filled agroforestry plantation.

Artisans' work

Artisans' work

Our properties showcase local artisans’ work, featuring the likes of hand-woven pendant lampshades and upcycled glass decorations made by a women’s cooperative in Príncipe.

Connections to culture

Connections to culture

Connect with the local culture at HBD’s properties through traditional food and performances from talented local musicians.

Conservation

HBD Príncipe creates economic opportunities that are inextricably linked to the protection of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems thereby contributing to conservation. We support and closely collaborate with our expert partner, Fundação Príncipe, to advance conservation.

Climate

HBD Príncipe contributes solutions to the climate crisis and also faces risks from its effects that we need to evaluate. We will seek to assess and address the positive (e.g., ecosystem services) and negative (e.g., GHGs) contributions to gauge our net impact on the climate and manage accordingly. We plan to share relevant information and tips with guests, too.

Communities

Our company creates economic opportunities through a range of good jobs and careers. HBD Príncipe engages with our local communities strategically to create focused, deep impact. We will develop objective, strategic criteria for community support so that the impact we have is more meaningful across defined focus areas.

Culture

We understand, respect, support and learn from the local communities, the custodians of the culture. We integrate local culture into our business operations (e.g., menus, hotel events and activities) that lead to mutually enriching experiences.

Resource use & supply chain

We will understand, measure and manage our sourcing and consumption of resources, and champion eco-conscious, innovative solutions (e.g., rainwater catchment, compost). An increase in local sourcing will create authentic experiences for our guests, as well as lessen our supply chain challenges. Aligned with our commitment to protect nature, we seek to be powered by nature with a focus on transitioning our energy supply to renewables.

Ecological impact

The ecosystem is at the heart of how HBD Príncipe designs, constructs and operates. We will formalise our practices into policies and advocate for their adoption by other groups on the island. We must understand how every decision affects the environment and ensure that we, at a minimum, do no harm.

Safety

Everything that we do is based on the safety of each team member, our guests and the people in the communities. By having no accidents as our target, we ensure that that where we work and operate is safe. We develop and follow protocol so that we can avoid problems; we also train and can respond calmly and appropriately if there is a crisis.

Team

Knowledge transfer, training and development will be at the core of our efforts to create the conditions for locally rooted leaders to carry our vision and mission into the future. Additionally, we are developing a foundation of leading labor practices. We are recentering our team around trust and building a just culture. We support the health and happiness of our team and aim and underline the purpose of what we can achieve together.

Profitability

Long-term positive impact depends on a strong, viable business. Profitability and sustainability coexist to achieve our vision.

Transparency

Trust is built on radical transparency. We will endeavor to communicate about what, how and why we do business—including our successes and challenges—with each other and our external stakeholders.

Data security

Ensuring the protection of HBD Príncipe’s and customers’ information is vital to a thriving business.

Ethics & integrity

HBD Príncipe must conduct our business in an ethical manner and all employees must act with integrity. Corruption and bribery are not tolerated. These principles apply to external (e.g., government, customers, communities, suppliers, partners) and internal interactions. We comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Conservation
Thriving ecosystems and biodiversity are integral to the survival of people and our planet. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity to support global needs.
Community
People matter; it is the right of every person to have their basic needs met, and enhancing the well-being of communities is a fundamental obligation of all.
Culture
Celebrating cultural diversity and commonality nurtures understanding and fosters connections. Respecting cultural difference is crucial to our future.
Commerce
Trading has been central to the development of civilizations over thousands of years and is likely to remain so, and so sustainability must be central to business.