Partnership with Clean the World Soap Recycling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Purpose of the project

To utilize the left-over soap from our hotels to help prevent the spread of hygiene related disease and death around the world.

Approach

Hersha has continued to strengthen its partnership with Clean the World, a non-profit that collects partially used soaps and other hygiene amenities. Clean the World then sanitizes these items, and distributes new bars of soap to communities around the world where the leading causes of death include hygiene related diseases.

Results

In 2014, we donated 23,000 lbs of soap and bottled amenities to Clean the World, which translates to over 63,000 new bars of life-saving soap distributed to children and families in need. Since 2011, we have been able to donate enough soap to produce over 300,000 new bars to families in need.

 

“In line with our core values, Hersha Hospitality Trust is committed to initiatives that positively impact community and social development as well as those initiatives focused on generating financial returns. Through our partnership with Clean the World, we have helped prevent the spread of hygiene-related disease in communities around the world. Powerful initiatives like these resonate well with all of our stakeholders including our customers, our team members and our investors.”

-Bennett Thomas, Senior Vice President of Finance and Sustainability, Hersha Hospitality Trust