Sustainability at Singita
Sustainability

At Singita, a sustainable world is one in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.

We recognize that sustainable operations across all our lodges and urban offices play a major role in achieving our overall purpose to preserve and protect large areas of African wilderness for future generations. We achieve this through continued efforts to reduce our ecological footprint and to improve conditions for our people, and those in neighboring communities.

 

We are a member of the One Planet Living certification program and follow the ten One Planet Living Principles. We aim to embed One Planet thinking throughout our operations so that it becomes a natural part of how we conduct business, strategize, build new properties, and create guest experiences. All our teams strive to operate our lodges and urban offices in a sustainable manner, applying the two focus areas of Care for Planet and Care for People.

Our approach to Sustainability
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Care for Planet

Comprises seven principles to reduce our negative impact and improve the areas in which we operate, thus contributing to a sustainable natural environment.

Care for People

Comprises three principles to enhance the fair and equitable treatment of people while actively improving conditions for our people and those in neighboring communities.

Discover more about our Sustainability Projects
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  • Care for People
  • Care for the Planet
Care for the PlanetZero Waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill. Singita Lodges and urban offices are committed to operating in a way that reduces waste to landfill. These include waste reduction initiatives and recycling programs. Much of our recycling goes to community-run businesses, which in turn generates income for communities surrounding our reserves….

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Care for the PlanetSustainable Water

Using water efficiently. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and watercourse pollution. Water scarcity is a significant risk facing the world. Our business depends on healthy water systems to sustain life in the wilderness areas in which we operate and to supply our tourism operations. The first step in assessing healthy water…

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Care for the PlanetZero Carbon

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies. We acknowledge that burning fossil fuels in our operations contributes to the emission of more greenhouse gases than the Earth’s natural systems can process, which in turn is resulting in catastrophic climate change across the globe. Our projects to assist in reducing our emissions…

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Care for the PlanetLand Use & Wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment.   As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is separately managed under the umbrella of Biodiversity by our Environmental teams. For our approach and details of these initiatives visit the Biodiversity…

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Care for PeopleCulture and Community

Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom, and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability. As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is predominantly managed under the umbrella of Community by our Community Partnerships teams. Discover more about our community programs…

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Care for PeopleEquity & Local Community

Creating bioregional economies that support equity, diverse local employment, and international fair trade. Singita supports the development of communities surrounding its respective regions through the implementation of small business development projects, local procurement, and extensive local employment. This ties in closely with the work that our Community Teams do. Below are a few highlights and more…

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Care for PeopleHealth and Happiness

Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well-being. Under this Principle, Singita strives to ensure happy and healthy guests and staff. This entails creating the opportunities for meaningful experiences and promoting health and wellness during guest stays. Many of our staff live on-site and we strive to provide comfortable living quarters and…

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Care for the PlanetLocal and Sustainable Food

Supporting sustainable and humane farming, promoting access to healthy, low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets, and reducing food waste. As part of Singita’s approach of supporting adjacent communities, the company sources as much food as it can locally and supports the initiation of projects that can further increase local sourcing. The lodges place great…

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Care for the PlanetSustainable Transport

Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging the use of modes of transport with low and zero carbon to reduce emissions. Being located in remote areas raises a challenge for reducing our carbon emissions from diesel vehicle use. Additionally, a key guest experience is the ‘game drive’. We are keen to adopt the use of…

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Care for the PlanetSustainable Materials

Using sustainable and healthy products, such as those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, and made from renewable or waste resources. This Principle applies to every resource we may use in our business – from items used in daily operations to construction materials for new lodges. We strive to procure locally not only to reduce…

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Care for the PlanetZero Waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill. Singita Lodges and urban offices are committed to operating in a way that reduces waste to landfill. These include waste reduction initiatives and recycling programs. Much of our recycling goes to community-run businesses, which in turn generates income for communities surrounding our reserves….

Read more
Care for the PlanetSustainable Water

Using water efficiently. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought and watercourse pollution. Water scarcity is a significant risk facing the world. Our business depends on healthy water systems to sustain life in the wilderness areas in which we operate and to supply our tourism operations. The first step in assessing healthy water…

Read more
Care for the PlanetZero Carbon

Making buildings energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies. We acknowledge that burning fossil fuels in our operations contributes to the emission of more greenhouse gases than the Earth’s natural systems can process, which in turn is resulting in catastrophic climate change across the globe. Our projects to assist in reducing our emissions…

Read more
Care for the PlanetLand Use & Wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment.   As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is separately managed under the umbrella of Biodiversity by our Environmental teams. For our approach and details of these initiatives visit the Biodiversity…

Read more
Care for PeopleCulture and Community

Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom, and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability. As this is such a significant aspect of Singita’s operations, this Principle is predominantly managed under the umbrella of Community by our Community Partnerships teams. Discover more about our community programs…

Read more
Care for PeopleEquity & Local Community

Creating bioregional economies that support equity, diverse local employment, and international fair trade. Singita supports the development of communities surrounding its respective regions through the implementation of small business development projects, local procurement, and extensive local employment. This ties in closely with the work that our Community Teams do. Below are a few highlights and more…

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Sustainability at SingitaPutting sustainability into practice across our 12 lodges and camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

"Singita sees sustainable development as not only measuring its success on financial performance, but on our environmental and community performance too.  Our long-term goals are to meet the needs of our consumer and guest without sacrificing the future needs of conservation and community development.”

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Installation of water bottling plants in 2014 to 2016 reduced the purchase of plastic bottled water by 95%, thus saving 67,540 plastic bottles from our waste stream

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Sabora solar installation resulted in 80% reduction in generator use comparing 2016 to 2015

Conservation at Singita is supported by three pillars, namely Biodiversity, Community and Sustainability.
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Other Areas of Conservation
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Biodiversity
Our conservation teams strive to restore, improve and protect the biodiversity of the ecosystems under our care to ensure they are functioning as close as possible to their natural, undisturbed state. Read more
Community
Our community teams assist communities to thrive economically and socially. Programmes have three main objectives: well-educated children; the development of small enterprises; and an improved awareness of conservation and sustainable daily living practices.Read more