According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds and more than 100 000 marine animals each year. Although these statistics seem daunting, everyone can make a difference.
At the Beekman Group, we choose to manage the “triple bottom line”. This means that we focus, not only on the financial risks, but also on the social and environmental risks that our business impacts. One of our annual “Go Green” initiatives is our beach clean-up. Beekman Group head office staff members and local residents pitched in at the Group’s annual beach clean-up on 21 September which was also International Coastal Clean-up Day. Each year, the Group choose a different local beach and this time, the clean-up was done at Umtentweni Beach, just outside of Port Shepstone, in Kwazulu-Natal
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s environmental team, the National Sea Rescue Institute and the Mzimkhulu Honorary Officers Group from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife supported the Group. The NSRI taught the little ones in attendance about water safety, first aid and the importance of keeping our beaches clean. Overall, 40 bags of rubbish was collected and taken away by the municipality to be sorted for recycling.
The Beekman Group’s “Go Green” initiative has always driven sustainable projects to ensure that our planet does not suffer and will stay resilient for future generations. We began the roll out of sustainability practices in 2012 and since then have kept our promise to promoting a healthier environment both at head office and at our resorts across southern Africa. As our resorts are refurbished, we try to lessen our carbon footprint.
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