Grand Pacific Resorts
Best Corporate Social Responsibility
Grand Pacific Resorts has a long-standing commitment of giving back to our communities and championing environmental sustainability. We’ve expanded those ongoing efforts under our corporate social responsibility program called GPR Cares, which is guided by the philosophy of “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”
Our core purpose of “enriching lives by creating experiences worth sharing” is more than a corporate mantra—it’s a way of life that we embody every day in an effort to take care of each other and the planet.
From providing disadvantaged students with educational opportunities to gifting cancer survivors with much-needed vacations, and from raising awareness around eco-sustainability to recycling partially-used amenities, we are always seeking out ways to lend a helping hand.
Making Distance Learning Possible
From providing internships to hosting annual golf tournaments, we have long supported Christel House, a non-profit organization helping to break the cycle of poverty by supplying students in impoverished communities with access to a quality educational and healthcare.
With all the changes that have taken place in our world during the global pandemic, we’ve had to find innovative ways to stay involved with a cause we’ve been closely involved with for decades.
In 2020, we purchased laptops pre-loaded with learning programs for each of the 180 high school students at Christel House in Mexico City. Our associates also participated in a walk-a-thon to raise enough money to cover the cost of Wi-Fi in the students’ homes while they participated in distance learning.
Our Associates organized into teams then walked, jogged, and biked towards their collective goal of logging 15,940 fundraising miles to raise $350,000—more than enough to cover the cost of Wi-Fi for 6 months.
Giving the Gift of Vacations
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October, we encourage our owners to donate their week to a breast cancer survivor through our Revive & Thrive Program together with Send Me On Vacation, a non-profit organization dedicated to gifting vacations to cancer survivors.
Since the program’s start, we have received a total of 56 donated weeks from generous owners. This past year, we helped facilitate the donation process by implementing new technology along with owner incentives to make gifting weeks even easier.
For every donated week, we help cover additional costs like transportation, meals, plus anything else the survivor may need to enjoy a completely carefree vacation. Our associates at the resorts also join together to create an exceptional vacation experience by stocking the condo with gift baskets, snacks, and fun accessories.
Last year, we sent our vacation recipient and her family on a week-long stay at Grand Pacific Palisades in Carlsbad, California, where she described experiencing a sense of deep restoration and renewed peace.
Investing in Local Culture
We were honored to donate $5,000 to the SNOW Museum during its 60th anniversary celebration last year. When the doors open, the museum will be a family-budget-friendly activity for owners and guests to enjoy during their vacations and an opportunity to learn more about the history of the area. We also partnered with three of our resorts in Lake Tahoe to sponsor fundraising efforts for the museum, collectively raising over $14,000 dollars.
Supporting Smaller Non-Profits
After a year-long hiatus, we revived our crowdsourced voter-driven giving program, beCause Destination Matters, hosted by ResorTime. Associates, owners, and guests are encouraged to submit a charity for consideration to the program, which then makes a $2,500 donation 4 times a year to small non-profits that rely on financial support from community partners. Since 2014, a total of $60,000 has been donated across 24 non-profits.
Grand Pacific Resorts continues our commitment to various eco-friendly initiatives, including an ongoing partnership with Clean the World, an organization committed to recycling partially-used amenities for distribution in impoverished communities around the world. So far, we have recycled over 40,000lbs. of used toiletries.
We have partnered with Bee Leaf USA, an organization committed to safely rescuing any bee colonies residing on our properties then safely relocating them to sanctuaries where experienced beekeepers help them thrive once again.
We were also featured in a case study by Climate Education Partners. Using Grand Pacific Resorts as a leading example within the hospitality industry, the organization highlighted the innovative ways we are addressing the impact climate change has on the tourism industry, including:
• Installing smart thermostats and LED lighting throughout our resorts, reducing energy usage by 1 million kilowatts
• Planting indigenous drought-resistant landscaping, reducing the need for water by 50 percent, resulting in $11K savings
• Swapping out all water fountains on our properties for refillable water stations and planning a resort-wide initiative to eliminate all single-use plastics at our resorts by 2020
With sustainable tourism on the rise, we actively encourage owners to participate in carbon offset programs by donating offset credits to cooleffects.org in order to help lessen the impact of emissions released into the atmosphere during travel. We put this recommendation into action by offsetting the carbon credits associated with producing our annual owner magazine and highlighted how easy and affordable it can be to Travel Green & Clean.