Blue Standard

Les Roches ShiftIn’ Festival 2020

18-20 November, 2020: Oceanic Global joined leading hospitality school Les Roches International as an official nonprofit partner to present ShiftIn’ 2020, a three-day virtual event focusing on sustainability and innovation.

Due to the global impacts of COVID-19, the hospitality sector – like many others – must think outside the box to meet the needs of the “new normal.” ShiftIn’ 2020 explored how companies are shaping a sustainable future, and why – with global travel much reduced – innovative sustainability within hospitality has gone local.

As a part of our partnership on the festival, we co-curated a roundtable discussion titled “An Industry Regenerated” to discuss sustainable reopening strategies during COVID-19. Top travel & hospitality leaders from around the world joined us to share and discuss how the current global situation led them to re-invent their industry. The discussion was followed by a roundtable session in which key solution providers shared their input and challenge what’s to come next.

Franck Droin (Hotel Manager, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok)
Christine Young (Group Manager, Environmental Health & Safety, Sandals Resorts International)
Anuj Sharma (General Manager, W Hotel Maldives)
Hervé Houdré (Founder, H2 Consulting)
Simon Martin (Head of Development, Hospitality Program ICED)
Karin Isken (Founder & CEO, Ecovissa)
Samir Chalfoun (Founder, Blue Ocean Creations; Les Roches Alumnus)
Giovanni Odaglia (Business Intelligence Analyst, Les Roches Crans-Montana)
Andrea Chakravartti (Dean of Students, Les Roches Crans-Montana)
Cassia Patel (Program Director, Oceanic Global)

During our keynote on the final day of the festival, we announced our educational partnership alongside Les Roches, celebrating Les Roches’ sustainability initiatives to-date as well as highlighting that Les Roches will be implementing the Blue Standard to reduce plastic and waste on their campuses. We also presented our COVID-19 Plastic-Free Reopening Guidelines and shared key takeaways from the industry roundtable.

We’re inspired by the forward-thinking leaders continuing to drive change in their industries – what innovations resonated with you?