Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, & Claire Whitely, Head of Environment at the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (SHA), were amongst the first to sign the 2022 Responsible Tourism Charter, which updated the Cape Town Declaration adopted in 2002. In two decades, we have learnt a great deal about how responsible businesses can benefit themselves and their neighbours in destinations by adopting sustainable practices.
Created in 1992, the SHA has donor members and partners representing globally 50,000 hotels, 7 million rooms, more than 270 brands and more than 40 supply chain and strategic partners Back in July I wrote here about the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s hospitality benchmarking framework tool. Developed with EY the tool will track and compare sustainability progress across each ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) topic within the Hospitality sector.
This is a significant part of their Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality programme, “a practical, four stage guidance framework as a free resource that supports all parts of the hospitality value chain to progress in a cohesive, strategic manner. It includes detailed action guidance for hotel operators, brands and asset owners, applicable to both single or multi-unit organisations.” As a UK-registered charity, they make resources freely available on their Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality website.
I was at their Mainstreaming Net Positive Hospitality Summit last week, where I heard Anna Dacam, Environment Programme Manager at the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, speak for the first time.
Anna’s presentation was not recorded so I asked her to record it on Zoom so I could share it. It is worth watching. Urgent action is now required.
At the summit, there were valuable discussions about the and we saw a demonstration of their new online Net Positive Hospitality Academy, a groundbreaking sustainable training system that will empower the hospitality industry and translate vision into action.