Covid has had a devastating social and economic impact, particularly on travel and tourism. One Planet Living® Manager Ben Gill explores how Singita has endeavoured to look after its staff and communities in these unprecedented times
One Planet Living in rural Tanzania
Singita Grumeti in Tanzania is on a journey to becoming a world-leading exemplar of sustainable upmarket tourism. This wildlife reserve is committed to environmentally conscious hospitality, wildlife conservation and community outreach.
To support its commitment to sustainability, Singita Grumeti has been using One Planet Living since 2012. Its One Planet Action Plan, endorsed by Bioregional in 2013, has helped the resort cut its greenhouse gas emissions, save water, and improve waste management and recycling. This is alongside its other work to boost the local economy and conserve endangered Savannah wildlife.
The resort provides sustainable employment for over 750 local people as conservation and hospitality staff, with an emphasis on employing local people. One Planet Living forms an important part of employee engagement which helps embed sustainability within all of its work, as well as help staff have happier, healthier lives.
Sustainability is no longer something ‘additional’ to our normal operations but now part and parcel of how we conduct businessKatherine Cunliffe, Sustainability Technical Advisor at Singita Serengeti
Equity and local economy
More than 140 jobs created for local people
Travel and transport
Reduced vehicle diesel consumption by nearly 30,000 litres since 2013
Plastic bottle waste reduced by 90% by using reusable bottles and installing UV water treatment facilities