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Corporate Social Responsibility 

For us, sustainability goes beyond environmental protection and conservation. Sustainability means being able to assume responsibility through economic success – toward our colleagues, our partners and suppliers, our neighborhood, culture and society.

Environmental protection is a Zeitgeist thing

Environmental protection is not an empty concept here at Zeitgeist Vienna. We are constantly improving and rethinking processes as well as investing in sustainable solutions. This starts with our photovoltaic system on the roof, our free eFuel stations in our garage, and extends to the water-saving shower heads in our rooms and LED light bulbs in our seminar area. 

Our environmental standards
  • In our hotel rooms we have water-saving shower systems, which help us to save costs and resources while maintaining the same water pressure
  • Furthermore, we use ecological care products in our rooms, which are provided in environmentally friendly refill dispensers – as we avoid small packaging wherever possible
  • In the hotel and banquet areas, we use 100% chemical-free toilet paper
  • We use LED lighting instead of incandescent bulbs throughout the hotel
  • We have implemented our own Green Rate where the omitted room cleaning is compensated by an attractive discount, a voucher and a gift
  • For all other rates, skipping on-site room cleaning is rewarded with a restaurant voucher
  • We save energy by using motion detectors
  • We buy certified FAIRtrade products (such as coffee) and pay attention to efficient food handling – so we cook fresh every day and thus save refrigeration options and vacuum packaging
That pays off: Investing in renewable energies
  • Thanks to our photovoltaic system on the roof (implementation in summer 2021), we can partially produce and obtain our own electricity
  • In the entire house we use green electricity from Vorarlberg
  • In our garage, four eFueling stations are available free of charge
  • We invest in natural materials: from the pens for our seminar guests to the hotel furnishings, our focus always lays on renewable materials
  • To avoid paper, we invest in the development of a digital guest folder and offer a paperless check-in for our guests since summer 2021
Mobility
  • Our guests are guaranteed an environmentally friendly and equally convenient journey thanks to our location near Vienna’s main railway station
  • Numerous public transportation options are located in the immediate vicinity of our hotel
  • In addition, our guests can borrow our rental bicycles free of charge to explore the city
  • In our underground parking garage we offer four free usable eFueling stations
Regionality
  • We select our partners and suppliers according to ecological and social standards
  • We outsource our printing productions to printers with the Austrian Eco-label or print internally on FSC-certified paper
  • Our laundries and dry cleaners clean with environmentally friendly detergents using renewable energy sources
  • We rely on regional food suppliers from the surrounding area and offer organic, regional and homemade products

Social responsibility

In addition to maintaining the highest standards of occupational health and safety as well as fair and equal conditions in the workplace, we are committed to a diverse, accessible and better world. 

Working conditions
  • We provide our employees with workstations with height-adjustable desks and modern equipment
  • Our company stands for absolute equality & equal opportunities
  • We offer – where possible – a flexible arrangement of working hours; the introduction of the 4-day week is currently under consideration
  • In addition to fair pay, we offer a bonus system
  • Defaults are logged in our employee handbook
  • Regular internal opinion & mood surveys by a certified agency collect objective data on the mood and requests in our team
Possibility of training and internal education
  • We provide regular Going Green and Covid-19 safety trainings for our staff
  • Individual courses such as language classes, sign language or opportunities for personal coaching sessions with certified trainers are covered by us
  • Continuing education opportunities are defined in annual employee reviews
  • We are a company that continuously trains apprentices
Employee bonuses and benefits
  • Free and fresh cooking is provided daily for our team
  • In addition to company benefits such as -20% discount in the restaurant and bar, our employees are looking forward to discounted conditions for overnight stays for friends & family as well as for events (concerts and shows)
  • Discounts are also available at businesses in the area (climbing gym, pharmacy, …)
  • For birthdays and Christmas we give gifts to our entire team
  • Free shirt or blouse cleaning for our reception team
  • We host regular Get-2-Gether with current and former employees
Our contribution to a barrier-free world
  • We have built four barrier-free parking spaces in our hotel’s underground garage with direct lift access to the lobby
  • Our hotel has ten 100% barrier-free rooms with height-adjustable bed, fold-down clothes rail and barrier-free accessible bathroom
  • Connecting doors to the neighboring room are available for companions
  • A barrier-free check-in is ensured, among other things, by the specially designed wheelchair-accessible tray
  • Our reservationist Nina speaks sign language
Social commitment
  • With our seminar & event center Mezzanin we create a new cultural center in the Sonnwendviertel with regular concerts, shows, readings and workshops for residents and guests
  • Through this we also support local artists (musicians, cabaret artists, visual artists, …)
  • In the construction of our seminar center or in the renovation of our hotel rooms, we commission only local businesses
  • Accordingly, our seminar equipment also comes from a local company that focuses on ecological and sustainable production
  • We donate every year to a charitable organization
  • We support Make A Wish in website optimization with our know how
Customer satisfaction survey
  • The feedback of our guests is extremely important to us. By taking an honest “look from the outside” we can uncover where things are not going so well and implement ideas to improve our services
  • We have our own employee in charge of quality assurance and management system

Governance

As an employer of more than 60 employees and as a commercially active company, it is our responsibility to conduct all activities in accordance with valid legislation as well as our actions in accordance with ethical and economic principles.

Forming a long-term, sustainable and transparent company development
  • Our focus is on long-term corporate development
  • We operate sustainably and build reserves – thereby achieving financial stability and creating job security
  • We seek, find and develop leaders of integrity
  • We communicate transparently and openly with our team and externally
Sustainability and environmental protection at management level
  • All measures (existing as well as new) of an ecological and social nature are checked with regard to sustainable criteria
  • Sustainability is established and (pre)lived as a guiding principle of the company

You snooze, you lose.

In addition to the continuous review and evaluation of established processes, we are also constantly working on new ideas and projects such as, among others, the implementation of climate-neutral events and overnight stays or measures for further waste avoidance and optimization (reduction of ecologically problematic materials such as plastic, composite packaging, cleaning agents).