2014 has been a year dedicated to setting up the conditions that will enable EHL to achieve our long-term commitment. On the one hand, EHL has started with the integration of sustainable development in the way EHL thinks and plans their Campus development, with the launch of a number of CSR actions in the school and around the world, and with the integration of sustainable hospitality notions into our Preparatory Year academic program. On the other hand, EHL has put in place a project structure that will enable them to work on aligning EHLs CSR vision and strategy with the Schools overall 2015-2025 strategy. This strategy will enable EHL to tie together the numerous actions that have been launched at EHL and ensure that they serve a common, well-defined goal. 2015 will be devoted to designing a long term implementation plan for EHLs CSR vision and strategy, linking it with our CGI commitment to action and providing measures of its success via Key Performance Indicators. EHL aims for their long term CSR strategy to be built upon our strengths: providing high quality education in hospitality management and entrepreneurship, and using our CSR initiatives in and outside the campus as an application lab to educate our students on sustainable hospitality.
All these actions have required some time, and the decision to develop a CSR vision and strategy for EHL will cause a few shifts in the milestones and timing of our commitment to action. The following statistics provide a good idea of this shift.Milestone: EHL CSR vision and strategy in line with EHL's 2015-2025 global strategy
- Original deadline: NEW MILESTONE
- Shifted deadline: Jul.15
Milestone: Synopsis of the main developments in Sustainable Hospitality
- Original deadline: Sep.14
- Shifted deadline: Sep.15
Milestone: World Economic Hospitality Forum -Windows of the Futur
- Original deadline: Sep.14
- Shifted deadline: Dec.15
Milestone: Improvements to the Sustainable Development curriculum within EHLs academic program: EHL campus as an application labâ
- Original deadline: Sep.15
- Shifted deadline: Sep 2016 or in line with EHL CSR vision and strategy
Milestone: Build an experimental hotel on the EHL campus where new technologies and best practices can be tested and implemented
- Original deadline: long term goal
- Shifted deadline: goal to be evaluated in EHL CSR vision and strategy
The sustainable development actions that have been achieved in 2014 are the following:
Worldwide CSR:Development of a partnership with Ecole dHospitalit et Tourisme Paul Dubrule in Cambodia which aim to provide local students with hospitality and tourism competencies in line with the needs of the region. The organizations role in the partnership will be to strengthen the existing academic curriculum, designing a second academic year, help the school acquire local quality accreditations, and develop a micro-finance mechanism enabling graduating students to launch their own businesses.
Support in salvaging/developing bee keeping in Morocco,The organizationsrole in this project is to introduce beehives in regions of Morocco where bees have disappeared, train local beekeepers to take care of these beehives, follow up on the success of the operation and enable the beekeepers to sell a percentage of their honey production to the École Hôtelièrede Lausanne.
EHL HR initiatives:
Launch of a staff committee for equal opportunity and employee well-being.Launch of an annual staff appreciation week providing staff members with the opportunity to
participate in workshops in all areas of the school.Implementation of active measures to integrate people with disabilities in the EHL workforce.
EHL Campus dev:Integration of sustainable development aspects in the planning of EHLs 2020 Campus.Implementation of a time-sharing system for electric cars on EHL Campus.Installation of a solar thermal plant and photovoltaic cells on the roofs of EHLs buildingsNew lighting installation in the underground parking garage using LED technology to provide better lighting and reduce energy consumption.Development of anecological balance indicator(Beelong) to provide restaurant owners andcaterers with an awareness of the impacts of their decisions and enable them to provide a more
sustainable offer.State-of-the art waste sorting techniques and in-house waste disposal station.
EHL student teaching & entrepreneurship:
Integration of main concepts of food sustainability in the Preparatory Year programme : recycling vegetal leftovers for the production of biogaz, organic gardening and usage of local produces, planning meals around the seasons, use of Beelong indicator, demonstration of waste sorting techniquesâ¦
Though not yet coordinated into a set vision and strategy, these actions contribute to EHLs shift into positioning itself as a leader in CSR and creating a live application lab for its students. It marks the premises of a process which will see EHL become an example and a model in terms of CSR.