Net Positive Hospitality: Members' Spring Summit

Thank you to all who attended our Spring Summit in Berlin, where we launched our new five-year strategy


Date: Monday 15th May 2023
Time: 11.00 - 17.00 CEST
Location: Dorint Kurfürstendamm, Berlin
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We were delighted to bring our entire membership together again to share expertise, take part in insightful discussions and present our new five-year strategy.

Thank you to all members who came together for our exclusive Spring Summit in May, where we explored the full details of our strategic vision and set our the action committees and councils that will help make our global ambition of net positive hospitality a reality. This summit also provided time to meet the latest participants of our growing community, and network with peers and colleagues.


We are honoured to have been joined by the following expert and inspirational speakers, who shared insight on how we can continue accelerating progress and make Net Positive Hospitality a reality.


Dorint Kurfürstendamm
Buffet brunch
With insight from the World Resources Institute
Opening address
Wolfgang M. Neumann - Chairman, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
Keynote speech
Jeremy Oppenheim - Founder and Senior Partner, Systemiq
Strategy launch - Net Positive Hospitality for a better world
Systemiq and Glenn Mandziuk - CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
Committees for Net Positive
Glenn Mandziuk - CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
Panel: Net Positive Hospitality in action
JoAnna Abrams - Founder and CEO, MindClick
Tiffany Kelly - Co-Founder & CEO, Beyond Bamboo
Karl Heinz Pawlizki - CEO, Arabella Hospitality
Jörg Thomas Böckeler - Managing Director and CEO, Dorint Hospitality & Innovation
Measuring Net Positive
Florian Huber, Co-Founder and Lead, EYCarbon
Communicating Net Positive
Brian Riordan - Managing Director, Ritrovo

A climate positive event

While we believe it’s important to physically bring the industry together, we know that these events can carry a high carbon footprint. Therefore, we have partnered with Earthly to make our Spring Summit a Climate Positive Event.

Our first priority for our Summit was to eliminate avoidable emissions, for example, by improving energy efficiency, minimising excess procurement, and limiting waste generated. The Alliance worked closely with our procurement partners to address the sources of avoidable emissions as much as possible.

Going beyond this, Earthly helps companies invest in nature through high quality nature-based solutions that remove carbon, restore biodiversity and improve livelihoods. From kelp farms off the UK coast to regenerative farming in Tanzania to rainforests in Peru, all Earthly’s projects are handpicked for their carbon-busting power and focus on interventions that are invaluable in reversing climate breakdown.

By making our Spring Summit a Climate Positive Event, the Alliance has committed to balancing 110% of the carbon generated, not only removing its negative impact but going beyond to ensure a Net Positive climate impact. Importantly, this accounts for both direct and indirect emissions across Scope 1, 2 and 3, including guest and staff travel to and from the event.

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Save the date for our Autumn Summit!

Date: 17th - 18th October 2023
Location: London

This October we will once again be convening senior leaders from across and beyond the Alliance’s membership, at a high-level Summit – comprising world-leading hotel brands, operators, owners, investors and other partners, alongside the organisation’s strategic partners and collaborators.

The event will feature a range of expert speakers, from within and outside the industry, as we examine sustainability challenges and driving factors, and share best practice, experience and innovation.