Safeguarding the Cleanliness of Indonesian Waters

Marriott International in Indonesia puts sustainability at the forefront by partnering with Sungai Watch.

As one of the leading hospitality groups in the world, Marriott International is always on a mission to give back to the community through a series of CSR programmes. With this in mind, Marriott International in Indonesia is partnering with Sungai Watch, an environmental organization on a mission to clean and restore Indonesia’s rivers.

Guided by the company’s 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals and in tandem with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, this meaningful initiative was established in line with Marriott’s Serve360, a pledge to make a positive impact wherever Marriott does business.

Together with Sungai Watch, the project focuses on developing a waste solution plan by preventing plastic from reaching the ocean through the installation of 15 barriers in the rivers of Singaraja, which will effectively stop the flow of plastic waste and remove approximately 100,000 kg of plastic waste. In addition, a waste segregation facility has been developed, where local communities can bring the plastic waste collected for sorting and recycling.

Beyond this first-of-its-kind collaboration, in 2019, Marriott International announced its plan to reduce single-use plastics worldwide by replacing tiny, single-use toiletry bottles in guest room showers with larger pump-topped bottles.

“More than creating job opportunities and empowering local talents, Marriott International – through its Business Councils – is committed to creating a future that is sustainable for all, especially in areas where we are operating. Thanks to the collective effort of our Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts in Indonesia and through pioneering this partnership with Sungai Watch, we aim to remove approximately 100 tons of plastic waste annually from each village,” said Titus Rosier, Chairman of Marriott Business Council Indonesia and General Manager at W Bali – Seminyak.