CSR Network executive director Willard Razawo said the 2019 Circular & Plastics Innovation Award recognised Africa Albida Tourism’s (AAT) zero tolerance of single-use plastic and the Victoria Falls Recycling initiative; while group marketing manager Nommy Vuma was awarded one of ten Top CSR Manager of the Year awards.
This year re-useable glass water bottles replaced single-use plastic bottles across the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate, and AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy hoped the hospitality group would be free of single-use plastic by 2021.
In addition, AAT, in partnership with Greenline Africa, launched Victoria Falls Recycling, last year, a project which recycles plastics, paper, beverage cans and glass.
The 2019 Zimbabwe National Responsible Business and CSR Awards, held on November 21, at the Rainbow Towers Hotel, are based on the contribution being made by individuals and organisations in the private and public sectors towards community development in Zimbabwe.
AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “Being recognised for doing good things very well, especially when they make such a positive impact on the community, conservation and indeed society, is extremely rewarding and satisfying.
“Enormous respect and admiration must go to Andy Conn, Charlene Hewat and her team for their relentless endeavours to recycle and create opportunity and income for community members,” Kennedy said.
“We are also so proud to see our individual team members and colleagues at Africa Albida
Tourism recognised for their contribution, energy and dedication,” he added.
“We are fortunate to have a number of such people in our team, and offer Nommy our sincere congratulations and appreciation for flying the CSR flag very high for the brand.”
AAT operates a portfolio of properties in Victoria Falls, with its flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge celebrating its 25th anniversary next month. Other properties in the group’s portfolio include Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges-Victoria Falls and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.