Paathya is an initiative which outlines goals for 2030 with commitment to sustainability, social impact and growth.
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), announced a framework to drive its sustainability and social impact measures under an initiative called Paathya. Derived from a Sanskrit word, meaning « inferring a path », Paathya encapsulates initiatives aimed to bring positive change with IHCL’s core values. These values feature trust of everyone, awareness around the needs of the ecosystem and joy at heart.
Sustainable and responsible tourism is the way forward and the Government of India is already working in this direction. The government and the industry together are exploring ideas, solutions, and strategies to face the environmental and societal challenges. I applaud IHCL for its holistic approach of Paathya and for leading the path for the sector.
Shri G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India
Paathya forges a journey focused on several goals :
- Environmental Stewardship
- Social Responsibility
- Excellence in Governance
- Preserving Heritage
- Value Chain Transformation
- Sustainable Growth
IHCL has defined several short and long-term goals to be fulfilled by 2030 under Paathya. Such as 100% elimination of single-use plastic across all its hotels or ensuring 100% of waste water is reused. Proof of the group’s sustainable engagement, 78 of its hotels have achieved EarthCheck certification with 47 Platinum recognitions, an impressive figure. Regarding the MICE sector, IHCL will adopt « Innergise - Green Meetings » in order that all business meetings and conferences will go green.
IHCL aims to impact the livelihood of over 100,000 youth, wihtin a goal of commitment to skill building, and create employability for the people in need. Furthermore, IHCL’s collaboration with UNESCO, will see adoption of 100% of Intangible Cultural Heritage (IHC) projects in the geographies it operate in.
Today, it has become even more important to chart a new tomorrow - one that is more sustainable and inclusive. We believe this is the only way to drive India’s journey to being among the top travel and tourism economies. The launch of Paathya is in line with IHCL’s commitment to strengthen its resolve of contributing to the society with an integrated approach towards creating sustainable growth and positive impact. This reaffirms our founder, Jamsetji Tata’s vision of keeping community at the heart of business.
Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, IHCL