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Mr. Lephilibert

Benjamin Lephilibert

Founder, LightBlue Environmental Consulting

Benjamin Lephilibert is the founder of LightBlue Environmental Consulting, a regional auditing, capacity building and consulting firm supporting organisations willing to improve profitability and minimize their social and environmental footprint. He started his career with Accor corporate in Asia, being responsible for the implementation of the environmental certification Green Globe in 45 Novotel properties across 9 countries in Asia. He then became an independent consultant and worked across the region with various prestigious partners from the private sector (Hilton, ClubMed,..), as well as from International Organizations (UNILO, EU, WWF).

Mr. Lephilibert has been a pioneer on the topic of Food Waste Prevention, designing and testing new solutions to an issue that was almost unheard of back to 2013. With a consortium of academics and experts, he co-developed in 2016 The PLEDGE on Food Waste, one of the most comprehensive standard to date, integrating implementation of a food waste monitoring system, online data tracking, behavioral change and revision of SOPs at critical food waste generation points. The PLEDGE got officially subsidized by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Thai government) in 2017.

Mr. Lephilibert is as well an international guest speaker on green hotels and food waste prevention, a guest lecturer (Thailand, Germany, USA), a judge for International Sustainability Awards and an active member of several sustainable tourism working groups (GSTC).

Mr. Lephilibert holds an MSc in Environment, Development and Tourism from King's College London and an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).

Please visit http://www.lightblueconsulting.com for more information.

Mr. Lephilibert can be contacted at 66-08-889-30399 or contact@lightblueconsulting.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.