The award was established ten years ago by EHMA – European Hotel Managers Association in collaboration with Diversey, a company constantly delivering revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies, as they share the same concern and philosophy towards sustainability.
Every year, EHMA and Diversey present a Sustainability Award to the General Manager member of the Association who has most successfully implemented innovative sustainability and social responsibility projects during the previous year. 2023 winner, Giuseppe Rossi, General Manager of the Hotel Splendide Royal in Lugano, launched five years ago “Splendide Sustainability”, an ambitious long-term programme to minimise the hotel’s ecological footprint and maximise the ethical aspect of corporate social responsibility that convinced the Jury to award him the prize. The award presentation took place at the gala dinner of EHMA’s Annual General Assembly held in Lisbon on February 11th.
“EHMA has recorded this year an unprecedented number of applications to our Sustainability Award, and this is indicative of the growth within our Association on a strong commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship, in conjunction with social responsibility and underpinned with strong quantitative results”, comments President Panos Almyrantis, National Delegate of Greece & Cyprus and General Manager of the Grand Hyatt Athens. “All applicants showed a clear focus on teamwork combined with care for the staff and for the community in which they operate. Giuseppe Rossi’s programme showcased the most comprehensive approach and a great mix of social and environmental projects, with CO2 and plastic reduction data as well as a project in Kenya demonstrating strong Corporate Social Responsibility”.
A jury comprised of Verena Radlgruber-Forstinger (EHMA 1st Vice President), Daniel Daggett (Vice President Corporate Sustainability at Diversey) and Arjan van Rheede (Senior Research Fellow in Sustainability, Hotelschool The Hague) chose this year’s winner.