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Mr. Hanuka

Ben Hanuka

Principal, Law Works P.C.

Ben Hanuka, J.D., LL.M., C.S. Ben practices in the areas of franchise law and business disputes. Mr. Hanuka is Board Certified in Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and is ranked in the Canadian Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in franchise law. Mr. Hanuka has acted as counsel in novel and leading Ontario decisions relating to franchise disputes. Mr. Hanuka represents all key players in franchising and has gained expertise over the years in complex franchise industries such as hotels, pharmaceuticals and many others. He is principal of Law Works Prof. Corp., an Ontario regional boutique law firm practicing in the area of franchise law and business disputes.

Please visit www.lawworks.ca for more information.

Mr. Hanuka can be contacted at 866-716-6497 or ben@lawworks,ca

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.