EEA and King’s Business School develop new ESG programme with and for senior hospitality industry leaders
28th March 2023
King’s Business School and the Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA) are to offer an executive education programme designed with and for senior hospitality industry leaders to help them embed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) measures in their businesses.
It is estimated that hotels are responsible for 1% of global carbon emissions and with ESG moving from a voluntary marketing and investor relations tool to become a regulated, mandatory, accounting-based requirement, businesses across the industry will gain competitive advantage by fully understanding and embracing the opportunities ESG presents.
The programme, co-created in partnership with global industry experts, will give leaders the knowledge and insight they need to integrate ESG into their businesses.
Starting in September 2023, the course will combine in-person and online learning in small groups. It will give a thorough grounding in the scientific case for greater environmental sustainability, core concepts such as inclusive innovation, as well as in the regulatory framework and relevant reporting options. Through teaching, guest speakers, case studies and discussion, leaders on the programme will develop a personalised action plan that will enable them to lead and inspire complex, comprehensive change across many areas of their business.
The partnership will develop further through the creation of a complementary ESG course for general managers and hotel operating teams.
Dr Marc Lepere, King’s Business School Executive Education Lead on ESG & Sustainability said: “All businesses in the sector need to know how to report on their ESG measures and the best and most successful will understand how to use that type of data to drive sustainable transformation. Done well, ESG drives innovation, value and engagement across the whole business as well as mitigating risk. We are delighted to be partnering with the Energy and Environment Alliance to help asset owners, the leadership teams of brands, franchises and independent operators to understand the new demands on them and also the fantastic opportunity they have to lead the way to a sustainable future for us all.”
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, EEA, concluded: “The EEA’s main ambitions is to forge a network of engaged and proactive industry leaders with the knowledge, skills and ambition to drive sustainable business practices forward across the sector. I’m absolutely delighted to announce that the EEA has signed a formal partnership with King’s College London and the King’s Business School to develop ESG Executive Education specifically for our industry’s leaders.”
About King’s Business School
King’s Business School, the ninth and newest faculty at King’s College London, opened in 2017. It is accredited by AACSB and EQUIS and was rated one of the top 10 business schools for research in the UK based on the Research Excellence Framework 2021. It is rated fifth in the UK for Business Studies by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Based in the heart of London, we are part of an internationally renowned research-intensive university with a track-record of pioneering thinking and the limitless energies of the city’s businesses, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and change-makers to draw on. We put our commitment to drive positive change at the heart of our research and education.
About the Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA)
The Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA) is a not-for-profit coalition of hospitality sector leaders, which is on a mission is to:
- Pioneer the first universal, scientifically robust standards and metrics for sustainable design, construction and management of hotels and other hospitality assets
- Initiate access to green finance, sustainability backed loans and improve asset values
- Obtain energy at low cost and carbon free
- Negate climate related risks and lead on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices
- ESG-proof legal agreements, corporate disclosure, and governance statements
- Engage local authorities, government, and international institutions to ensure effective and fair legislation
- Radiate innovation, know-how and best practice