Luxury hotel and leisure operator Belmond has received recognition from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for its restaurants across the world.
Belmond submitted all of its properties, spread across five continents, to be assessed by the SRA and it achieved an average rating across the group of two stars. Nine of the restaurants were awarded the maximum three stars.
Raymond Blanc, president of the SRA and chef-patron of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, which received the highest rating across the group, said: "As custodians of some of the finest restaurants in the world, I believe it is our responsibility to set an example globally, to follow a strong set of ethics, operate sustainably and be prepared to submit our practices to independent scrutiny, so to create a responsible business in all of its facets of activity
The SRA worked with Blanc to develop a bespoke version of its sustainability rating that would take into account regional variations while adhering to its three main pillars of sustainability: sourcing, society and environment.
Mark Linehan, SRA managing director, added: "It is truly remarkable that a global group as eclectic and diverse as Belmond has not only committed to putting its sustainability credentials to the test, but also shown the level that can be achieved when there is a dedication at all levels to operate responsibly.
"It is also a great credit to the company that it has pledged to implement a programme of improvements in every site. This is an exemplary model for hotel groups around the world."