The King Fahd Palace Hotel is the first company in the hotel/tourism industry to support the CSR Senegal Initiative and thus the promotion of CSR in the country. The King Fahd Palace Hotel is run by the Société Hôtelière Africaine (SHA) led by Mr Mamadou Racine Sy. This company, owned 100% by Senegalese directors and shareholders, believes the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an excellent driver for the economic and social development of the country.
Having just recently taken over this architectural gem, the directors decided to rise to the challenge, together with key stakeholders (the Senegalese government and employees), of making the "King Fahd Palace" product more competitive on the global hotel, business and tourism market. To this end, the CSR policy instigated by the directors of the King Fahd Palace Hotel aims to highlight the following approaches:
- On social matters, promoting national human resources by recognising the skills and quality of their employees in the various professions in the hotel business,
- On economic matters, ensuring a quality of product commensurate with the reputation and standards of the King Fahd Palace. Indeed, our world-class Palace contributes to the reputation of Senegal and its position as a prime destination for organising international conferences. With 378 rooms including 25 presidential suites and 38 ministerial suites, its 6,000 m2 conference centre and its skilled teams, the hotel has built a reputation for excellence, hosting more than 3,000 national and international events, as well as top global political, economic and cultural figures.
- On environmental matters, strengthening the 'green commitments' of the King Fahd Palace by enhancing our green spaces and implementing a genuine environmental approach. Nestled in the middle of 35 hectares of landscaped grounds including 22 of gardens with 87 species, the hotel enjoys a green setting, showcasing the lush vegetation and encouraging a laid back atmosphere. Renowned for its safety and facilities, but also for its expertise, the King Fahd Palace Hotel incorporates environmentally friendly practices. This is reflected in the following aspects:
- The watering of the green spaces using wastewater from the recycling activities of a purification facility,
- The large grassy areas some of which serve as car parks to alleviate the heat in summer,
- The hedgerows, shrubberies, flower beds, mixed borders and woodland.
Tropical species are chosen, capable of adapting to this environment in terms of the pedological profile of the soil and the climate (proximity to the sea).
The garden is a pleasant and lively part of the landscape; as a result, its development follows several criteria which highlight its harmonious nature:
- Aesthetic requirements (flower beds, greenery)
- Circulation requirements (walking, exercise trails)
- Physiological requirements (the plants absorb CO2 and produce oxygen)
- Psychological requirements (in order to avoid a cold, sterile concrete landscape)
Maintenance of our gardens is consistent with the notion of sustainable development and complies with the Rio Convention:
- Natural fertilisation (humus, compost, absence of almost any chemical products);
- The water used for watering plants is obtained from a purification process using physical treatment of the water, which involves sedimentation, free-settling, discharges, diversions, aerations, automatic sludge removal after sedimentation and filtration; to finish, a gentle treatment with chlorine, flocculating agent and antifoam.
There are several infrastructures either side of the garden, with volleyball court, petanque court, four tennis courts, a 1,750 metre-long exercise trail with 39 different exercise stations, which help to improve the surroundings.
A project for replacing all the garden lighting with solar-powered lighting is currently being finalised and will reduce thermal energy consumption and firmly lay the foundations for the hotel's work in this lengthy process of sustainable development.