Alliance launches ESG simulation tool for hotels 

by: Felicity Cousins | October 17, 2023

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has announced the launch of a new ESG simulation learning tool for hotels to understand how to manage and create strategies for environmental, social and governance decisions. 

Developed in partnership with Sim Institute, the Net Positive Simulation tool was launched today at the Alliance’s Annual Summit.

The tool has been developed to engage and upskill hospitality leaders and students and will demonstrate how hotels can implement a pathway to net positive hospitality using a simulated experience of managing a hotel for seven years.

Aimed at hotel owners and employees, such as managers and engineers, the Simulation, takes about an hour to complete and will help users to understand the impacts of their decisions, test sustainability actions and create a tailored sustainability action plan. 

The Alliance says “as ESG issues become more business critical, there is a need, and an appetite, for the leaders of the future to learn how to effectively plan and implement responsible business practices.”

Tim Rogmans, CEO, Sim Institute said: “The Net Positive Hospitality Simulation is a cutting edge experiential learning tool for professionals and students across a wide range of functions and disciplines. It is designed to empower learners with the skills, confidence and enthusiasm to help their organizations to make major progress towards Net Positive Hospitality.”   

How does it work?

  • Comprising of four areas of focus, People, Planet, Place and Prosperity (the 4Ps), learners are tasked with managing a hotel for seven years, with an aim to progress towards Net Positive, while managing the hotel’s financial performance. 
  • Each year of the Simulation, learners select initiatives to implement from a list relating to technical solutions, policy changes, and behaviour-based programmes. 
  • After each year of decisions, learners receive feedback on their actions and an analysis of their performance across the 4Ps, giving them the knowledge and enthusiasm to make Net Positive Hospitality a reality.  
  • At the end of the Simulation, the hotel is awarded an overall standard, Starting, Advancing, Accelerating, or Leading, in line with the four stages of the Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality. 

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are thrilled to unveil our groundbreaking Net Positive Simulation, a pivotal tool propelling the hospitality industry towards a sustainable future. By empowering our partners, donor members, and industry organizations, this innovative solution equips them with the foresight and knowledge needed to navigate the challenges ahead. With its unparalleled ability to predict and prevent misguided sustainability decisions, our Simulation marks a significant step towards achieving our shared vision of a Net Positive industry. We eagerly anticipate witnessing its transformative impact as it is embraced by our valued partners and members in the months to come.” 

The  ESG simulation tool will be available to all members, partners and sector employees to access and play at a cost.

You can see the trailer for the simulation tool here (screen grab pictured above).

The Alliance launched its version 2 of its Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality earlier this year – see story below.

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance launches Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality – version 2.0