IF SUSTAINABILITY IS ABOUT DOING NO HARM, THE CONCEPT OF REGENERATION IS TO ACTIVELY TRY TO IMPROVE THE WORLD AROUND US
Transparent. Honest. Always working on improving.
We are focussed on improving not only our operation, but also the way we talk about sustainable practices, so that we can inspire all of our stakeholders to become active agents of change.
As a certified B-Corp and a member of the Regenerative Resorts collection, we adhere to high standards across all areas of the business, collecting data and aiming to improve on a range of metrics, both social and environmental.
We place particular importance on supply chain management - as we work with over 350 suppliers - and have developed a supplier and product evaluation to ensure that we are supporting businesses that align with our social, cultural, and environmental values. We prioritise local and independent suppliers, thinking carefully about every peso we spend. We know (and can show!) that over 60% of what we spend is with micro-businesses, and 30% with minority-owned businesses. Over 85% of our expenditure remains in Colombia.
All meat served at Blue Apple Beach is sourced ethically where the supplier can guarantee that the meat was produced in accordance with the five animal freedoms.
65% of our energy comes from our solar panels and in 2022 we will work to reduce energy consumption. We reuse grey-water for irrigation and we measure all our waste, recycling glass, organics, plastic, paper, metals and white goods. We avoid single use plastics and work with suppliers to do the same. We currently divert around 70% of our waste from landfill, with an aim to reach 95% diversion by the end of 2022.
The lowest wage at Blue Apple Beach is 15% higher than the national Colombian minimum wage. We monitor staff demographics and strive to provide opportunity to everyone, especially those from under-represented groups and underserved communities. Our social media and website strive to reflect the diversity of our client base. In 2021, we were the first mainstream venue in Colombia to host regular, dedicated LGBTQ+ events.
We have a long way to go, and will work to continually improve.