A group of global hospitality organisations – Accor, Hilton, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group, and two global hospitality group purchasing organisations, Avendra and Entegra – have launched the Hospitality Alliance for Responsible Procurement (HARP).

The Hospitality Alliance has been created in collaboration with business sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis.

The alliance will aim to accelerate sustainable practices by fostering close collaboration with trading partners to build transparency and scale positive impact across their value chains.

Bringing a broad-based assessment programme and platform around sustainability for the industry value chain, the HARP initiative addresses core challenges faced by its collective supplier sustainability programmes including:

  • Scaling up visibility by strengthening supplier engagement rate, starting with the supplier assessment.
  • Accelerating suppliers’ performance improvement curve.
  • Enhancing the relevance of those engagements with a focus on the industry’s key categories.

HARP will utilise EcoVadis’ sustainability rating methodology, scorecards and improvement platform. The EcoVadis Sector Initiative features are built as an antitrust-compliant network and allow for more efficient supplier onboarding, transparency, collaboration and analytics.

Together, these capabilities aim at delivering visibility across the hospitality supply chain’s sustainability performance and allowing HARP members to implement changes on the top priorities of their industry.

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Together, the seven HARP founding members rated more than 2,000 suppliers upon the initiative’s founding. HARP plans to further expand this number.