Sustainability at zoku
Offering a sustainable solution to make the most out of urban space
Using smart design that optimizes limited urban space, we’ve built four home-office hybrids that make seamless human connections possible. At our core, we’re passionate about caring for our people and for our planet. We’re not perfect, but we’re always striving to “B the Change”.
Our (not so) Corporate Social Responsibility
Because there is no planet B
As space is becoming scarcer in urban areas, the way we use it sustainably to meet long-term accommodation needs becomes increasingly relevant. Office space is present 8,700 hours per year, during which time it expends a considerable amount of energy. Even if this space is used for just a little more than 2,200 hours per year, it leaves behind a significant carbon footprint that is damaging to the environment.
New technology and hybrid working conditions create a huge opportunity to improve the use of existing space and limit the need for new space. We need to think beyond small solutions and begin to consider a single space as a living ecosystem. At Zoku, we adopt smart solutions that use minimum space to maximize functionality, productivity and connection.
Our Sustainable Buildings
Smart use of space
Our aim is to creating a thriving neighborhood for global nomads under one roof.
Our moss sedum rooftops cool down our buildings, absorb air pollution and catch rainwater.
Our use of LED lights, 24V system and motion sensors ensure that we save energy.
We’ve implemented heat recovery ventilation and intelligent building management systems.
sustainability is not a hype
CERTIFIED B CORP
Zoku Amsterdam is B Corp certified
Declining social cohesion, growing social isolation and the lack of neighborly ties are amongst the greatest problems facing urban citizens in the modern world. Our mission is to create inspiring spaces where human connection is seamless, fun and meaningful. Through research, interviews with our target audience and plenty of prototyping, we were able to create a model that does just that.
In 2018, Zoku Amsterdam received the B Corp certification, making it the first B Corp certified hospitality company in the Netherlands. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
We offset carbon emisions in the Netherlands
In 2022, Zoku Amsterdam became Climate Neutral. With the help of an Environmental Management System (EMS), we’ve began measuring our CO₂ emissions. By identifying our greatest sources of emissions, we can now work on a reduction plan, set measurable goals and head towards a sustainable future. What we cannot reduce – an equivalent of 746 tons of CO₂, based off 2019 – we’ll offset by investing in a technology-based energy production project, Methane Fermentation and Energy Generation in the Netherlands.
-Marc Jongerius, Co-founder and Managing Director at Zoku
Our Sustainability Initiatives
70% of the healthy food we serve in our Living Kitchen restaurants come from local sources.
As of 2021, we have banned single-use plastic water bottles and straws from all of our locations.
We partner with non-profits and socially-minded businesses to improve our people’s mental and physical wellbeing.
We’ve invested 5000+ hours in our community program, leading to high levels of overall guest satisfaction and fighting travel loneliness.