Mandarin Oriental says it has introduced a new meetings initiative to offer planners a selection of “corporate social responsibility experiences” that can be incorporated into their meeting agenda, such as supporting the National Parks in Singapore to cleaning the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The hotel group says as part of its new “Meeting with Purpose” initiative, its hotels in all destinations are working closely with their local communities in order to offer a selection of both paid and complimentary corporate social responsibility activities that can be added to any meeting itinerary.

Mandarin Oriental gave the following examples:

  • At Mandarin Oriental, Paris guests can opt to purchase pastries served at meeting breaks, with the resulting proceeds donated to local charity Food to Go. Guests can also opt to donate one percent of an event invoice to ‘A Chacun Son Everest’ a local cancer charity focused on caring for children and women recovering from cancer.
  • At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London guests can donate their time by joining the hotel’s chefs in the kitchen to prepare, cook and pack food for collection and delivery to those in need. Guests can also volunteer their time to assist with customer retail at Oxfam Stores located throughout London.
  • At Mandarin Oriental, Dubai guests can contribute to an art studio for individuals with special needs and create a piece of artwork for their company. Guests can also work with a social enterprise at an Emirates Bio Farm to plant and preserve the UAEs national Ghaf trees.

“We are pleased that our hotels have responded with enthusiasm to this meaningful initiative to offer meeting participants a valuable way to give back to the local communities when they visit,” said Christoph Mares, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s chief operating officer.

“Including an option for attendees to give back and support the local environment and society, will add a positive purpose to any meeting agenda,” he added.