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Corporate Responsibility Conference 2014

Steigenberger ahead of the game when it comes to environmental protection

Steigenberger Hotels AG has been actively rolling out and proceeding with the further development of its Environmental Programme since 2010. In his additional capacity as Group Corporate Responsibility Representative, Torsten K. Schulze is in charge of implementing Steigenberger’s sustainability plans pursuant to the Environmental Management Standard ISO 14001:2009 and of ensuring that staff undergo continuing training in this field.

The 70 Corporate Responsibility Representatives of the Steigenberger Hotel Group came together for a conference in Berlin to gain firsthand experience of the further development of ecologically friendly conferencing at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, which takes place under the motto of “Carbon-neutral green meetings”. High-quality presentations on topics such as energy efficiency, CO2 reduction and carbon offsetting delivered important impetuses. Speakers included Kevin A. Goldstein, President of HVS Energy & Sustainability, and Dr. Dietrich Brockhagen, Managing Director of atmosfair.

atmosfair is a climate protection organisation that acts as Steigenberger’s Partner for Green Meetings. It charges the hotels a flat rate carbon cost and offset sum per conference participant and day. The hotels transmit the relevant compensation revenues to atmosfair at intervals of their own choosing for reinvestment in climate protection projects. This enables Steigenberger’s conferences to become carbon-offset and fully environmentally friendly “Green Meetings”.

“Our company sets great store by Corporate Responsibility, which is closely linked with our Mission Statement,” said Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG. “Our aim is the ongoing further development of the CR Programme within the group.”

“Green has long since been one of the company’s guiding maxims,” added Torsten K. Schulze, General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt and Group Corporate Responsibility Representative. “This relates to carbon-neutral energy supply, to our Green Meetings Conference Programme and to staff management right across the group.”

All participants at the CR Conference are required to conduct a mandatory internal audit (self-audit) by the end of the year. The web application “ReCheck” was used at the event to show the Representatives how to audit their own company in accordance with the demands stipulated by the Standard.