Sustainability is a mindset for many Leading Hotels, encompassing sustainable community, environment and culture practices seamlessly into every stay. With deep-rooted connections to their communities, they are committed to preserving not only the environment, but also the cherished values and cultural heritage of their destinations. By fostering authentic connections with nature, they elevate travel into a transformative experience. Our Sustainability Leaders collection was created to recognize these hotels that are making a difference and to help our curious and conscious travelers discover them. From modern metropolitan towers to tented jungle sanctuaries, these diverse hotels across the world are united in ensuring a thriving planet for future generations. Explore our Sustainability Leaders today and join the effort to reshape our world through responsible travel.

The Collection

Hotels nurture relationships, empower economic growth and enrich communities through health and education programs.
Hotels safeguard and celebrate the local history and tradition of their destination through education and philanthropy.
Hotels are committed to mindful consumption of resources, investment in renewable energy and preserving natural habitats.

Hotels designated Sustainability Leaders have achieved a sustainable certification aligned to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council framework and regularly undergo rigorous assessments to verify against these criteria. They maintain a sustainability management plan and demonstrate their commitment through their actions and impact to our three sustainability pillars: Community, Culture and Environment. Scroll through to learn more about each pillar.  

The Certifications

Global Sustainable Tourism Council – The Leading Hotels of the World is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the premier global authority in setting and managing standards for sustainable tourism worldwide. Their framework served as the foundation for the Sustainability Leaders collection.  There are over 40 global certifications aligned to GSTC’s criteria. A Leading Hotel who boasts the Sustainability Leaders recognition has been rigorously evaluated and received at least one, or more, sustainable certifications aligned to the GSTC Industry Criteria. In addition, LHW has partnered with four of the GSTC certification organizations to offer our hotels resources and tools to advance their sustainability strategies - Green Globe, Green Key Global, Travelife, and Vireo Srl.

The Commitment

While cultivating the most exclusive collection of independent luxury hotels in the world. The Leading Hotels of the World is guided by the values of community leadership, environmental responsibility and global inclusivity. Follow the link below to learn more about our corporate commitment and to learn more about the ways we are Leading with a Purpose.