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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 660888930399 or contact@lightblueconsulting.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.