Beyond CSRD Compliance: A Key to Unlocking More Value for Hotels, the Environment, and Society

Startdatum1 februari 2024
Einddatum31 januari 2029
RegelingFinanciering PD-kandidaten 2023-2027
  • Maatschappelijk verdienvermogen
  • Energietransitie & duurzaamheid
  • Landbouw, water en voedsel
  • Economie
  • Waardecreatie door verantwoorde toegang tot en gebruik van big data
  • Sustainable Development Goals voor inclusieve mondiale ontwikkeling
  • Geen
  • Toerisme & gastvrijheid
  • Ondernemen: verantwoord en vernieuwend

The project is a field study for several diverse hotel chains, including individual properties operated under the Marriott brand, Postillion Hotels. Each brand has unique values, missions, and visions. Therefore, this integration will lead to the development of company-specific sustainability strategies and processes. The study will use the model of levers of control to provide such tailor-made solutions and determine if a generic approach can be developed to match a corporate sustainability strategy with a corporate strategy and develop a supporting management control system for operationalizing the sustainability strategy.
Research question:
How can a hotel brand formulate and implement a sustainability strategy with a supporting management control system that not only complies with the new CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) legislation but also emphasizes the creation of substantial value in financial and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) aspects, based on double materiality, in line with the organization's corporate values and beliefs?
Objective The aim is to develop a validated method, including tools, that hotels can use to create a sustainability strategy in line with the CSRD guidelines. This strategy should create value for the organization, the environment, and society, while aligning with the hotel's values and beliefs.
Merely being compliant with the CSRD is not enough for hotels. Instead, they should view the implementation of the CSRD as an opportunity to stand out in terms of sustainability. By creating value in areas such as environment, safety, and governance, or through the six capitals (financial, manufactured, intellectual, human, social and relationship, and natural) that align with the UN-SDGs, and explicitly taking both an inside-out and an outside in perspective (double materiality), hotels can significantly enhance their sustainability reputation.


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