Red Planet Japan, Inc. is fully committed to its role as a socially responsible company. Each year, all hotels participate in region-wide projects that further support the achievement of several UN Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on three areas: individuals, local communities, and the planet.
Supporting the SDGs: (1) No poverty, (5) Gender equality, (8) Decent work and economic growth, and (10) Reduced inequalities
- Fair Employment and Diversity: Fair employment, diversity, and inclusion are strengths of Red Planet’s culture. As a policy, the company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants through a competitive merit-based selection process during recruitment and promotion, free of any prejudice against race, sex, color, age, religion, marital status, and sexual preference. Currently, the company employs 19 nationalities at the international headquarters, regional offices, and hotels, over 50% of which are female.
- Youth Training Programmes: Red Planet offers on-the-job training programmes to university students in the Philippines. Students spend from 300 to 600 hours, depending on the school requirement, learning various operational skills valuable in the hospitality industry. Red Planet is committed to helping the youth gain the necessary employment experience and access to future economic opportunities.
- Employee Training and Personal Development: Red Planet is proud of its strong employee culture and identity. The company values and supports its people through quality and various training programmes, which range from leadership training to disaster preparation. In 2018, Red Planet achieved a total of 2,369 staff trained, further developing versatile and valuable individuals to the organisation.
Supporting the SDGs: (2) Zero hunger, (3) Good health and well-being, and (11) Sustainable cities and communities
The company believes that long-term success is directly linked to the strength of the communities the hotels operate in. Red Planet supports the local community through a combination of volunteer activities, charitable donations, and outreach programmes:
- For the Children is a programme dedicated to children who have special needs. Hotel staff in the Philippines and Thailand participate in providing food, care, gifts, and entertainment at centres for children with disabilities.
- Red Planet supports medical missions by organising volunteer doctors and nurses to provide basic healthcare to small communities such as Barangay Pansoy in Sogod, Cebu, Philippines.
- Red Planet donates linens, towels, toiletries, canned goods, and water to Caritas and other community-based nonprofits that aid victims of fires and natural disasters such as typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
Supporting the SDGs: (13) Climate action, (14) Life below water, and (15) Life on land
The long-term growth in travel throughout Asia has afforded the hospitality industry seemingly endless opportunities. Growth in tourism, however, does not come without costs to the environment. As climate change, single-use plastics, and unwanted garbage are increasing problems, Red Planet strives to effect positive change for the environment through its building, operations, and partnerships.
- The Red Planet Hotel Model: Red Planet hotels are built as an inherently environmental-friendly product. The concept of a compact guestroom-only accommodation minimises underutilised supporting facilities and reduces water usage through adopting showers rather than baths. Further, all hotels use energy-saving room control units which switches off the power when guests leave the room.
- Plastic-free Hotels: The company has begun the process of eliminating single-use plastics across hotels. Just by requesting the hotels’ laundry supplier to stop using plastic covers for linen deliveries, Red Planet eliminates 59,130 plastic bags per year for Red Planet Bangkok Asoke and Pattaya in Thailand. The company is also slowly removing the sale of drinking water in plastic bottles, replacing them with either glass bottles or a water dispenser at the hotel’s lobby.
- 4Ocean Partnership: Red Planet is the first hotel chain to support 4Ocean’s global movement of actively removing trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for our marine ecosystem. The company participates in 4Ocean’s “Buy A Bracelet – Pull A Pound” campaign through selling 4Ocean’s bracelets across all hotels. 4Ocean manufactures these signature bracelets from the trash it collects and proceeds from the sale are used for funding future clean-up efforts. Red Planet hotels also host regular local clean-up events with 4Ocean and other local partners. In December 2018, over 100 Red Planet employees from 9 hotels in Metro Manila volunteered to remove 300 kilos of trash from Manila Bay in the Philippines. Beach clean-ups in Okinawa, Japan and Pattaya, Thailand are scheduled in May and September 2019, respectively.