Check Out for Children
Check Out for Children is a partnership between UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and former Starwood Hotels & Resorts (now Marriott International Inc). The partnership supports UNICEF Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects across Africa and the Middle East.
Launched in 1995, Check Out for Children is one of our longest standing and most successful partnerships. Guests at SPG Hotels are invited to add US$1 (or the equivalent in local currency) to their bill upon check out, as a donation to Unicef .
Whilst Check Out for Children is the foundation of the partnership, SPG Hotels also support Unicef through their fantastic Road to Awareness employee fundraising campaign and their Make a Green Choice sustainability initiative.
In 2015 Check Out for Children celebrated 20 years of partnership and thanked guests and employees who together have raised over $35 million to help Unicef improve the lives of more than 4.5 million children in over 40 countries across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Between 2015 and 2017, all funds raised through the partnership have helped Unicef provide clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for children and families across Africa and the Middle East.
Road to Awareness
The Road to Awareness associate fundraising campaign has been making a positive difference to children in the communities SPG Hotels operate in since 2008 and has now raised over $5 million thanks to the incredible support and enthusiasm of employees. Every year employees throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East organise fundraising events to help raise vital funds for Unicef’s work for children.
Make a Green Choice
Make a Green Choice was launched in 2013 and allows guests to take a more active role in preserving natural resources during their stay. Guests at selected SPG Hotels can choose to decline daily housekeeping services, helping to save both water and energy. In return, guests can choose a reward and one of these is SPG Hotels making a donation on their behalf to Unicef Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene projects.