Our background association is the Helsinki YMCA (Finnish: Helsingin Nuorten Miesten Kristillinen Yhdistys HNMKY). The association focuses on a diverse range of work with children and young people, including scouts, spiritual, emotional and social work, and international and sporting activities.
HNMKY offers a wide range of hobby activities for children, young people and adults. Almost 4000 children, young people and adults take part in HNMKY's weekly activities. The profits of Hotel Arthur are directed to YMCA’s work for children and young people.
YMCA is an international association which is the worlds largest non-political youth movement. Its activities are based on the triangle principle, which focuses on developing a healthy body, mind and spirit. There are almost 58 million members of the international YMCA movement and it operates on all continents.
We have joined environmental program EcoCompass.
Hotel Arthur Oy recognises its responsibility for the environment and commits to adhering to valid laws and legislation. Environmental friendliness and the reduction of our burden on the environment are both part of our daily activities in as far as our business operations allow. Our aim is to save the world's limited resources and we want to develop our operations in the long-term for the benefit of the environment. At the same time, we also want to meet our customers' expectations and offer them an environmentally responsible home-from-home in the heart of Helsinki.
We recognise that the main effects our operations have on the environment lie in energy and water consumption, the procurement and use of materials, the sorting of waste and in selecting our cooperation partners. Energy production creates emissions which accelerate the progress of climate change. Clean water is a limited natural resource, and the cleaning of dirty water uses energy. The procurement of utilities and foodstuffs also use natural resources in the production of goods, and the production and transportation of the goods create a burden on the environment. The waste caused by our operations places a burden on the environment.
We strive to reduce electricity, water and heating consumption. When procuring materials we favour larger packaging sizes and products which contain less packaging materials, whenever possible. A reduction in waste and economy and efficiency concerning the use of materials are important to us. Where possible, we strive to effectively recycle our waste. When choosing partners in cooperation, we favour subcontractors whose burden on the environment is small and who have environmental programmes in place. We aim to add locally-sourced and organic food to our restaurant menus.
In line with our environmental programme, we monitor the achievement of set goals: we monitor the consumption of electricity, heating and water as well as the amount of waste fractions which we create. Our entire staff are trained in our environmental programme and the programme is developed amongst staff by an elected environment team. Our customers and partners in cooperation can also influence our programme by proposing suggestions for development.