Working with the Right Partners

Sustainability at Six Senses

For the past two decades,  Six Senses has been recognised as the hospitality industry’s pioneer in sustainable practices, demonstrating that responsibility can be successfully wedded to uncompromised high-end facilities – long before it was considered fashionable.

Sustainability fund for local projects

The Resort’s Sustainability Fund supports local Environmental and Community Programmes. Funding is generated from: • 0.5% of hotel revenue • soft toy sales • 50% of water sales • Guest donations partnerships with local organisations will be actively sought for advice and implementation. Outcomes must have clear benefits to communities and ecosystems; they may include research, conservation, education and outreach.

Education

Six Senses understands that education is key to influencing the next generation of conservationists. We support programmes in partnership with local schools and on specialised topics. Our educational projects range from in-kind donations for local schools and long-term funding commitments to detailed educational programmes. Many programmes are designed to build awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and an understanding of good environmental stewardship.

Sea turtles

Brazil is blessed with an abundance of natural wildlife, including several species of endangered sea turtle. We aim to establish a turtle research and conservation centre with the hotel. Brazil is blessed with an abundance of natural wildlife, including several species of endangered sea turtle. We aim to establish a turtle research and conservation centre with the hotel. In Baia Formosa, we will seek to implement, in close collaboration with the local authorities, best practices for development around sea turtles’ nesting zones. An often-overlooked aspect is opting for lighting strategies that will not interfere with sea turtles’ nesting and hatching pattern. Six Senses’ Guidelines for Sustainable Operations require no negative impact on native wildlife. Each hotel with sea turtles builds a customised turtle protocol to: identify and mark new nests; protect nests from predators and poachers; manage hatching events to promote the successful, natural release of infant turtles. Guests are welcomed to observe hatching events in a safe and controlled way, based on scientific guidance.

Community outreach

Six Senses is an active participant in our local communities, which we are a part of. We have policies to hire locally as much as possible and to support local businesses by using their goods and services. We actively promote small local businesses. We run community outreach programmes that stress the value of local wildlife. This basic understanding is fundamental to end the poaching of sea turtles, their eggs and other protected wildlife.

Stewardship

Six Senses actively engages in habitat conservation work. This includes reforestation, monitoring and research, protection of local wildlife areas, and outreach in the local community. All hotel waste is properly managed and we routinely collect and dispose of marine debris that lands on our shores. We work with local communities to clean public beaches and other wildlife habitats in the area.

LEED Silver

Six Senses Formosa Bay Eco Resort is the newest hotel development in Brazil’s north‑eastern region.  Since the start of the design phase, the project has aimed to achieve the highest environmental performance among resorts in Brazil . Located on a marvellous site, the resort finds a unique balance between the topography and the natural landscape. To achieve this recognition, the project will be built with specific strategies that will enable it to apply for LEED v4 certification – Silver level.The LEED System was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which was established in the 1990s promote sustainable practices in the design, construction and operation of buildings to reduce their environmental impact.For each type of system, applicable to different types of construction, there are defined prerequisites and criteria, for which points are awarded.The prerequisite guarantees a minimum environmental performance, while the number of points obtained for complying with criteria leads to different levels of certification.

Strategies

The environmental performance strategies being adopted as part of the project are: 

  • Storm water management; 
  • Lighting design that promotes energy efficiency and avoids lighting pollution;
  • Water efficiency strategies (internal and external areas); 
  • Optimising energy efficiency (internal and external areas); 
  • Advanced energy metering; 
  • Renewable energy production on site; 
  • Building life-cycle impact reduction; 
  • Waste management (construction and operation phases); 
  • Enhanced indoor air quality strategies during construction and operation; 
  • Thermal comfort; 
  • Natural lighting; 
  • Acoustic performance

In this way, the Six Sense Formosa Bay Eco Resort is positioning itself as a point of reference in the global resort sector when it comes to sustainability.