What is the Green Key?

The Green Key is the international quality mark for companies in the tourism and recreation industry that are serious and verifiable about environmental care at the company. With the goal of obtaining a Green Key certificate, Van der Valk Hotel Gent also wants to actively contribute to better environmental care and sustainability. Therefore, we like to commit ourselves to do more for the environment than what the laws and regulations require of us.

Here is some more information about our vision, our way of doing business and our environmental policy.

Environmental policy statement

Both the management and all employees of Van der Valk Hotel Ghent take it upon themselves to control the environmental burden on the one hand and to limit the environmental risks on the other.

A structural part of our company objectives is the care for the environment.

All hotel employees therefore undertake to carry out their tasks in accordance with the established procedures within our company policy.

We comply with Flemish environmental laws and regulations, but we also want to go a step further. This includes the following:

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent registers water and energy consumption. Based on this data, we can then continuously improve the infrastructure, but also the policy, and make it more economical.

For example, all our showers are now equipped with energy-saving heads, while maintaining the same level of comfort, and all our toilets have an adapted water regulation.

We are also committed to minimising waste and reducing the impact on air, water and soil resulting from our operations through an effective environmental management system.

As part of this, we also train our employees to help care for the environment.

We also try to raise awareness among our guests by, for example, drawing their attention to the use of towels.

For more concrete applications, we refer to the item 'Tips & Tricks'.

In order to apply our policy consistently and everywhere in the hotel, Van der Valk Hotel Ghent has decided to introduce the required measures within the framework of the Green Key.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent will disseminate this environmental policy to our employees and to our guests.

Corporate Social Responsibility


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent sees Corporate Social Responsibility as an important part of sustainable growth. This means that we take our responsibility in society by applying CSR in words, in creative proposals, in solutions and with responsible behaviour.

For Van der Valk Hotel Ghent, the policy in Corporate Social Responsibility is based on 3 pillars:


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent is committed to offering socially responsible and sustainable products and services to its guests. Van der Valk Hotel Gent helps guests to achieve their CSR goals while staying with us. Everything is done, within economically responsible limits, to prevent and otherwise minimise the impact on the environment.


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent at least complies with all applicable laws and regulations in general and in the field of environmental care and sustainability in particular.


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent strives for continuous improvement of its performance in the areas of work safety, sustainability and environmental care.


Our CSR policy is based on 3 principles:


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent complies with all applicable laws and regulations concerning labour and working conditions.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent respects the applicable collective labour agreement(s) or industry-related collective labour agreement(s).

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent has a demonstrable operational policy with regard to the training and development of its employees.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent observes the company's general safety regulations when carrying out its work and activities.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent has a preventive safety policy with the aim of zero accidents at work.

It goes without saying that the guests are also treated and welcomed in a human-friendly and dignified manner. It goes without saying that their safety is also a priority during their stay in our hotel.


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent respects the environment, the surroundings and nature. For this reason, it complies with all applicable national environmental laws and regulations.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent has a demonstrable operational policy with regard to reducing the amount of waste and its separate processing.

Van der Valk Hotel Ghent has a demonstrable operational policy with regard to energy and emission reduction.


Van der Valk Hotel Ghent and its employees shall not act in any way which is contrary to fair business practice in all its facets.

The company's aim is to build a good relationship with suppliers, guests and other relations. The relationship is based on trust, cooperation and sustainability.

The Green Key website

You will certainly find more information and inspiration on the site of the Green Key:

Click here to go to the Green Key website.


Tip & Tricks
  • Quotations, invoices and confirmations as much as possible digital and not by post or on paper
    Printing is kept to a minimum
  • Only environmentally friendly produced chlorine-free paper is used
  • For our printing work, we only cooperate with a certified company in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. For example, the inks used are vegetable and the use of alcohol in the printing process is kept to a minimum
  • No copies of ID card or passport at check-in hotel
  • Energy-saving shower heads: water consumption is reduced by 40% while maintaining comfort
  • Energy-efficient dishwashers
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Ceiling air conditioning
  • Our waste is separated
  • Use of LED lamps or energy-saving bulbs. Did you know that an energy-saving bulb uses up to 80% less and lasts up to 12 times longer?
  • We like to promote public transport! A detailed description of where to take the bus can be found at our reception desk
  • Use of local products
  • Respect the dosage rules for the use of cleaning products
  • Use of microfibre cloths for responsible cleaning. The great advantage of such cloths is that they do not require the use of detergents