Our Policy of
Hotel El Pantano applies a policy of Corporate Social Responsibility which includes the following elements
Below you can read more about one of these elements:
Hotel el Pantano and Rainforest Alliance have established an alliance to implement Best Practices for Sustainable Tourism since July 2008. Our aim is to obtain the official certificate which identifies us as a sustainable entreprise.
El Pantano complies with the national regulation which defines the rights of its employees such as: minimum salaries, humane working hours and schedules, social security, holidays, payment of extra working hours, payment of 13th month, payment of bonus for each year of labour contract.
We promote the training of our staff and encourage them to assume specific responsibilities according to their duties.
Care for the environment:
In our area we have planted a wide variety of trees to contribute to the creation of a environmentally sound micro-climate, creating a green area just at the edge of the Jalapa town centre.
We separate our waste in organic and inorganic waste. The inorganic waste in its majority is fed to our animals we keep on the site such as dogs, cows and sheep, while the inorganic waste is collected by the town council.
To reduce to a minimum the amount of inorganic waste we try to avoid the sale of products in no reusable packaging.
Reduced Energy and Water consumption
We have installed low energy consuming lamps throughout our infrastructure.
We have limited the areas with ornamental plants who require irrigation in the dry season and use instead native plants and trees to reduce the consumption of water.
We invite our clients to cooperate with these policies to accept voluntarily that their bed linen and towels are changed every other day and that they take care not to leave lamps and electrical appliances working while they are not in their rooms.
We try as much as possible to select our staff from the neighbouring area as well as to buy local products produced in their houses.
We try as much as possible to buy all our products at the Jalapa local market although in some cases this might incur in higher princes.
We have started our special program called PAFC, "Programa de Apoyo a Familias Campesinas" (Assistance Program to Local Farm Families). With this program we assist farmers in the sale and promotion of their products. So far we have within this program for sale in El Pantano Pine handy crafts, wood based handy crafts, local special coffees and Jamaica Roses (to prepare tea and fruit juices).
We have inverted a lot of time and financial resources during the last 6 years to develop tourism in Jalapa to promote the local economic, social and cultural development. We have created several tourism circuits in the rural areas and encouraging local farmer families to participate.
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