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Corporate Social Responsability

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Viva #OnLife

As part of the Viva Wyndham Resorts passion for life, it strives to protect all surrounding environments and cultures by implementing environmentally friendly green programs.

The #OnLife program is driven by the prospect of a greener, brighter future – for all of us. At Viva Wyndham we care about operating in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner.  Being a part of the tourism sector, responsible tourism is one of our focal values and we work toward our vision through a number of actions. Amongst them, the promise to utilize renewable energy sources, implementation of greener practices in our operations, and the support of local communities, all in hopes that through these, we can create a healthier and happier world.

The company’s foundation incorporates responsible tourism as one of its pillars; encompassing three major masts:

Environment

Education & health

Support of local communities

Environment

Viva has been a pioneer in the hospitality sector of the Dominican Republic, by installing photovoltaic plants at Viva Wyndham V Samana, generating over 68% of its energy, reaching record production of clean energy and notably reducing the emission of C02 gases that contribute to global warming.
This stepping-stone has been extended to other resorts within the company’s portfolio in the DR, surpassing the 2MM kilowatts mark of solar energy.

Other efforts:

  • Solar panels for water heating at the Dominican Republic and Bahamas resorts.
  • Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach & Palace are the first properties in the country to utilize natural gas for its kitchens, boilers and laundry dryers, as a way to reduce CO2 emissions into the environment.
  • Elimination of plastic straws thru all properties.
  • Reduction of single use plastic at all 8 resorts.
  • Partners with the University of Indiana to support environmental and oceanic investigations in Bayahibe, La Romana.
  • Installation and maintenance of coral reef nurseries in Bayahibe, La Romana, which serve as a vital component towards marine conservation.
  • Beach cleaning and reforestation activities in all destinations.
  • Installation of wastewater treatment plants.
  • Waste classification and recycling.

Viva Wyndham Resorts is an active participant in the Hotel Association of La Romana Bayahibe.  Important achievements include to be recipients of the Blue Flag certification for Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, the first beach in the Caribbean to receive this award; the construction of the town of Padre Nuestro, infrastructures and community center, the relocation and housing of 265 families that had settled in the area and where contaminating the aquifers that supply water to the town of Bayahibe and the hotel zone; obtaining a declaration of Protected Area under the care of the Association; the construction and sponsorship of the Bayahibe Public School.

Education & Health

Viva Wyndham Resorts seeks to contribute in the solution of Education & Health issues, developing future professionals in nearby communities where a helping hand is necessary to consolidate progress on the long run.

Main engagements:

• Sponsoring the Viva de Colores Foundation, located in the municipality of Villa Hermosa, in La Romana- Dominican Republic, initiated in 2014 as an elementary school for children between the ages of 4-10 years old. To date, over 400 students have assisted.
• Partnership with the UNICEF Protection program, working to promote the prevention and prosecution of violence and all types of exploitation and supports adolescent victims of these crimes. Viva Wyndham Resorts educates its staff while simultaneously creating ambassadors within the staff’s communities.
• Coordination of medical activities for hotel staff.
• Support of local hospitals, orphanages and elderly homes in the community of Bayahibe, La Romana.
• Collaboration with the Dominican Association of Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization, that provides integral rehabilitation for people with physical and intellectual challenges.
• Viva has sponsored multiple programs, together with INFOTEP, the training of collaborators, as well as Postgraduate Programs in local and international universities.

Support of local communities

Working with and supporting local communities is fundamental because you are helping what surrounds you to develop and grow, benefiting everyone.

Viva Wyndham Resorts provides support thru a wealth of activities:

  • Purchasing from local and responsible producers and suppliers.
  • Paving and cleansing of roads.
  • Reconstruction of schools.
  • Sponsoring local sports teams.

Over the years, the company has been recipient of numerous recognitions and awards for its green strategy, throughout its resorts for its social commitment and contributions to the development of the sector, as is the first Blue Flag certification of the American continent, Cristal Plaque, TripAdvisor, Holiday Check and Check Safety First, to name a few.

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