Best Initiative in Sustainable Development

Last Monday, November 12th I attended the 13th annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris, and presented an award for the “Best Initiative in Sustainable Development” to Tsara Komba, a luxury Ecolodge located on Lemur Island in Madagascar.

The Worldwide Hospitality Awards program promotes initiatives from around the world and is representative of the international hospitality industry. The awards celebrate innovation in nine categories for hotels and three categories for hospitality schools. The “Best Initiative in Sustainable Development” honors a hotel brand or group that demonstrates sustainability best practices within its operations and/or social responsibility towards the local population, staff and tourist sites.

Other finalists include NH Hotels and Accor. NH Hotels submitted its “UP! For Hospitality” program, which builds positive relationships within the communities in which its hotels operate. Accor submitted two programs. The first is ReBorn, an innovative program that allows its hotels to dispose of their old furniture after renovations through an e-shop on eBay.fr. The second is Accor’s e-learning tool which trains employees on sustainable development.

For me personally, and for Diversey, it is an honor to be a part of this year’s Worldwide Hospitality Awards program and to present the award to Tsara Komba, such a deserving organization. Diversey is committed to providing a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations, and Tsara Komba’s purpose is totally aligned to our vision.

This property is located among one of the world’s richest ecosystems, so preservation of this sublime environment is of extreme importance to their organization. According to Maryse Zohar, Tsara Komba Lodge Director, in addition to implementing sustainable best practices within its operations such as recycling, water conservation and use of low-voltage lighting, they are also committed to sustainable development for the benefit of the local population. Tsara Komba created a non-government organization (NGO) that acts in favor of the local community. The NGO developed 30 new houses and a nursery school staffed with two teachers for a local village. It also established a system of water adduction, a rain drainage system and provided bathroom appliances, showers and laundry facilities. Check out their initiatives in Sustainable Development at http://www.tsarakomba.com/developpement-durable-nosy-be/

I would like to congratulate Tsara Komba for winning this award, and thank the rest of candidates who submitted their outstanding cases.