Our CSR Mission

As the thought-leader of the vanguard of Hospitality and Experience Education, we drive our communities and leaders in reinventing our industry to act now for a sustainable life.

We deliver impactful initiatives in solidarity with people, planet and prosperity to inspire a more gracious and hospitable world.

Benoit-Etienne Domenget

CEO Message

“Contributing to a better tomorrow has long been at the heart of Sommet Education. As educators, we have a mission to do what’s best for future generations. As leaders in hospitality management and culinary arts education, we focus on service, empathy, collaboration and human relationships.

Education is about imparting values, as well as skills and knowledge. For our students, this could mean learning about sustainability and social responsibility in class, running a campus restaurant with healthy, locally sourced ingredients, or volunteering in internal green clubs and local associations to contribute to the community and the environment. For our staff, this means participating in engaging programs that promote personal growth and a positive work environment.

The examples we set are key to achieving our mission. That’s why Sommet Education has a comprehensive CSR framework guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Through local and global action, we are committed to making a great impact on people and the planet.

Taking care of the future is our job. We are proud to embrace this responsibility and create the best for tomorrow.”

5 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN released 17 SDGs to encourage the business community to align their corporate strategies to better serve a number of social, environmental and economic issues facing the world in the 21st century.

Sommet Education is committed to using our unique position in society to drive impactful change, focusing on 5 SDGs:

Good Health & Well-being GOOD HEALTH
AND WELL-BEING

Ensure healthy
lives and promote
well-being

Quality Education QUALITY
EDUCATION

Ensure inclusive,
equitable quality
education

Decent Work and Economic Growth DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Inclusive, sustainable
growth; productive
employment

Responsible Consumption and Production RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Ensure sustainable
consumption and
production patterns

Climate Action CLIMATE
ACTION

Combat climate
change and
its impacts

3 Dimensions

People

PEOPLE


We support the well-being and development of our people through key programs, fostering inclusivity and community engagement

Planet

PLANET


We take responsibility for the environmental impacts of our actions , striving to reduce our carbon footprint of campus operations and activities

Prosperity

PROSPERITY


We drive prosperity through education and support a sustainable development of our society and our global hospitality industry.

Achievements

Good Health and Well-being Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action

People Planet Prosperity

Sommet Education joined the national Swiss Triple Impact (STI) program. Unique at the European level, the STI is a 3-year program initiated by the non-profit organisation B Lab Switzerland and supported by several key partners, such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The STI helps participating enterprises in Switzerland to:

• measure their contributions towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
• identify opportunities for improvement
• take concrete action

All with the aim of stimulating innovation and developing a resilient economy in the Swiss ecosystem.

As the first educational organisation to join STI, we take pride in forming part of this initiative for social and environmental good, and we look forward to working with B Lab Switzerland and other key actors to build a sustainable future together.

Good Health and Well-being Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action

People Planet Prosperity

As part of our ongoing commitment to CSR, we launched our internal CSR Champions Network which includes one representative by entity, 10 champions in total.

Our Champions are key to promoting CSR across Sommet Education. Serving their local entity, CSR Champions play a triple role as Ambassador, Reporter and Coordinator. They encourage employees to engage in CSR actions, report on outcomes and best practices, and help to implement global initiatives.

With the support of the CSR Champions Network, we can work towards increasing solidarity, developing unified practices, boosting operational effectiveness, improving the company's image and fostering innovation.

Good Health and Well-being Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production

People Prosperity

At Sommet Education, we are committed to promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As a first initiative towards upholding this commitment, we have entirely reviewed our Code of Conduct & Ethics. This document expresses the values, working practices and professional conduct norms that represent the culture of our company.

It is a key reference and contractual document that guides the company and all employees towards our success. By respecting our Code, we ensure that Sommet Education shall maintain an impeccable reputation for corporate trustworthiness. This means taking action to prevent violations of the law or this Code through a robust whistleblowing procedure and governance of the Code.

This Code includes describing our ambition, purpose and company’s culture and includes our commitments towards all our stakeholders:

• Developing Talent in a caring environment
• Using Information & assets responsibly
• Conducting our business in an ethical manner

Good Health and Well-being Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action

People Planet Prosperity

In a new public-private partnership, Les Roches and the Association of Crans-Montana Municipalities (ACMM) have joined forces to create an Innovation Hub to foster the future of hospitality. Both partners share the common goal of developing a sustainable economy, beyond tourism.

Opened on Les Roches' campus since October 2020, the Innovation Hub will be both an incubation centre and a place dedicated to applied research. It will be an open space for technology experts, Gen-Z students, entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups and global as well as local companies. The purpose of this innovation cluster is to co-create the services and products of tomorrow's hospitality by reinventing the customer experience.

The new multidisciplinary Innovation Hub reinforces Les Roches' commitment to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship while building a sustainable future. At the same time, the Hub will contribute to the dynamism and economic development of Crans-Montana by bringing new expertise, companies and innovation to the region.

Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production

People Prosperity

Facing up to the toughest times of a generation, the World Tourism Organization and Sommet Education share the conviction that this unprecedented challenge also entails the opportunity for the Hospitality industry not only to come back, but to grow better and hence stronger.

It is a unique opportunity to restart tourism in a more balanced, innovative and sustainable way, with Hospitality as one of its driving forces. The time is right to foster new ideas, offer a new industry paradigm and shift consumption habits. World trade, travel and leisure can grow back while respecting limited natural resources and engaging deeper with local communities and businesses.

In partnership with the UNWTO, Sommet Education launched a Hospitality Challenge that offers winners full-tuition hospitality and culinary scholarships. In this Challenge, Sommet Education will sponsor a total of 30 scholarships for undergraduate and graduate programmes at Glion Institute of Higher Education, Les Roches Global Hospitality Education and École Ducasse.

The objective of the Challenge is to support the hospitality industry's recovery while promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and diversity, in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Good Health and Well-being Quality Education

People Prosperity

Because teaching is our profession, because we have at heart to transmit and make each individual grow, because we carry the values of the sense of service, openness, development, distinctiveness and joint commitment, we deeply believe that the sharing of experiences and knowledge enriches us, that each one can be a guide for the other in the company and help him/her to blossom within it.

We strongly believe that mentoring individuals to grow should be part of our cultural and managerial DNA. We launched the programmes #MentoringTuto and #MentoringDev. These two new mentoring initiatives will give employees the opportunity to receive personalised support at important phases of their career within the company.

Quality Education Decent Work and Economic Growth Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action

People Planet Prosperity

Following the success of the Environment Festival 2019, Les Roches launched a re-vamped virtual edition this year: ShiftIn' 2020!

From 18 to 20 November, international scholars and industry experts representing hospitality, technology and other fields talked about innovation, sustainability and out-of-the-box thinking, particularly in light of today's "new normal". Topics included how companies adapt to crisis situations; why Doers outshine Thinkers; and why – with global travel much reduced – sustainability innovation within hospitality has gone local.

The 3 day-event was a great opportunity for students, staff and partners to exchange, learn and raise awareness about climate change and sustainability.