Tag: local communities

Across the Andes on Explora’s new off-road adventure

After 37 days trapped underground, Mario Sepúlveda, malnourished and on the brink of madness, believed he had to fight the devil. To do so he descended to level 44 of the San Jose mine, a hotter and muddier depth of the hell in which he and 32 other Chilean miners were trapped. By the time Sepúlveda began fighting his demons, more than 750 metres of rock separated him from the scorched surface of the Atacama Desert above. When he returned to his comrades, victorious — or at least not defeated — he felt renewed, but it would be another month before any of them would breathe free air again.

To the 33 miners of the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, the biting wind of the Atacama eventually felt miraculous, but standing in the northern reaches of the same desert, to me it feels intimidating. “We’re here,” says Micaela Díaz as she opens the door of the Landcruiser in the middle of what looks like nowhere. A warm gust immediately tries to push us back inside the vehicle, squeezing the doors on to our shins. When we finally stumble out, our boots crunch on to salt-baked sand. 

Ahead, the land appears to be smoking, loose dust torn into the sky by persistent winds racing towards the Andes. Clouds move so fast they appear nervous to tarry above the immense desert. The only plants within sight are miserable-looking shrubs that wouldn’t make a satisfactory meal for a fire. At times, the Atacama feels too dry even for flames.

Map of Chile and Bolivia

Micaela, or Mika as she prefers to be called, has brought me to the site of an old mine. The history of mining here in northern Chile is like that in much of South America, which is to say a story of exploitation, rapaciousness, and

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Palladium Hotel Group hires Corporate Sr. Director of Social Responsibility

With Juste’s appointment, Palladium Hotel Group says it will consolidate its measures focused on protecting the environment and the principles of circular economy, while highlighting a special focus on the nearly 13,000 employees of the hotel group, their family environment and the local communities in which the group operates throughout six countries, located in Europe and America.

Says Jesús Sobrino, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group: “We are proud to continue building solid foundations for the sustainable growth of our company, which has been working for some time on the implementation of different measures related to the protection and care of the environment. In accordance with one of our premises as a group of always putting people at the centre, we will implement projects specifically focused on increasing the real positive impact on our collaborators, their family environment and the local communities of the destinations in which we operate. Our objective is to contribute our grain of sand to improve the future prospects of those who are closest to us.”

Juste added: “I assume this role with great enthusiasm and excitement to join this business group which is full of growth and whose commitment to the environment and society has increased over the years. The group’s vision focuses on developing initiatives with local communities working hand-in-hand, supporting and accompanying the people who make them. I appreciate the trust placed in me to lead this project. We will work to design and manage initiatives that support the people who are part of the Palladium Hotel Group and the communities where we operate. We seek to create the necessary impact and transformation in our environment, always under our sustainability criteria.”

Palladium Hotel Group has developed through the last 50 years of experience various Corporate Social Responsibility actions in different areas, always adhering

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Palladium Hotel Group Focuses on the People with its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

WHY IT RATES: Palladium Hotel Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy will enjoy a greater growth with Gloria Juste as Corporate Senior Director of Social Responsibility. — Lacey Pfalz, Associate Writer, TravelPulse


Palladium Hotel Group takes a step forward in the development of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, with the appointment of Gloria Juste as Corporate Sr. Director of Social Responsibility, who will foster the promotion, in addition to measures already underway, of other new large-scale projects, focusing on the people who make up the group and the local companies in which the company carries out its activity.

The hotel group has a CSR committee, supported by the company’s President and Management Committee, which oversees all areas and teams. Through this appointment, Palladium Hotel Group will consolidate its measures focused on protecting the environment and the principles of circular economy, while highlighting a special focus on people. The priority of the department led by Gloria Juste will be the implementation of comprehensive support measures for the employees of the hotel group, nearly 13,000 people who are the main value of Palladium Hotel Group, their family environment and the local communities in which the group operates throughout six countries, located in Europe and America.

In the words of Jesús Sobrino, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group, “We are proud to continue building solid foundations for the sustainable growth of our company, which has been working for some time on the implementation of different measures related to the protection and care of the environment. In accordance with one of our premises as a group of always putting people at the center, we will implement projects specifically focused on increasing the real positive impact on our collaborators, their family environment and the local communities of the destinations in which we operate. Our objective is

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