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Sustainability

We take responsibility – for our employees, our environment and our society. That is why our Corporate Social Responsibility commitment is an integral part of our corporate philosophy.

Employees

«Together Everyone Achieves More»

Our employees are our most important asset. Guests are satisfied when employees are happy.

Occupational health management system
Several years ago, we implemented an occupational health management (OHM) system at the Schweizerhof. The goal of the OHM is to improve the health of employees. In doing so, we are promoting a sense of responsibility among our employees for their health and, as a result, increasing job satisfaction, motivation, and personal responsibility as well as their willingness and ability to perform on the job. As part of the OHM, various measures and actions have already been taken which have a positive impact on employees’ physical and mental well-being.

Training & development
We are very intensively involved in training apprentices, trainees and newcomers joining us from other firms. Furthermore, through a talent management system, we focus on the development of our employees’ talent, promoting employee satisfaction and improving retention.

Environment

«Our planet is our home, our only home. Where should we go if we destroy it?»
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As the saying goes, we have to treat our world with care. We are actively promoting energy and resource efficiency as well as climate protection.

The Green Busters 
Since 2016 we have had an in-house environmental task force called «The Green Busters». The group meets regularly, with the mission to make the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA more environmentally friendly. In this context, several projects have already been implemented or are in the starting blocks. For example, the group decided that we could use vegetable leftovers to make our own vegetable salt – reducing food waste. The Green Busters also introduced the concept of food boxes to the hotel, allowing guests to take food home that they didn’t finish when dining in our restaurants.

myclimate 
We are proud members of myclimate, an organization that helps companies become carbon neutral. Together with myclimate, we determine our annual CO2 emissions and implement various measures to reduce them – and keep reducing them. As part of this partnership, climate-neutral rooms have been available since mid-February. Our guests have the opportunity to donate CHF 4.00 to the myclimate project called «Back to the Green Island with Efficient and Solar Stoves» in Madagascar.

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Society and market

«Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.»
Helen Keller

Als Berner Hotel ist es uns wichtig, uns in der Gesellschaft und mit wohltätigen Events einzubringen. Im Verlauf der letzten Jahre haben wir verschiedene Veranstaltungen unterstützt. 

Children’s Festival
For the past two years, we have organised a Children's Festival in the new Hotel Schweizerhof Bern & THE SPA. Every year in November, we put on the event, centred on well-known celebrities who come to entertain our younger guests. All proceeds are donated to a charity project for disadvantaged children.

Swiss Paralympic
We are a proud partner of Swiss Paralympic. The Swiss Paralympic Night for the most successful Paralympic athletes of the year takes place every year on our premises, which we provide free of charge.

Foodsave banquet
Under the professional guidance of Silvan Durrer and Mirko Burri, a team of volunteers conjures up delicacies created from food that would otherwise end up being thrown away. This food is then served, free of charge, in front of Bern’s Church of the Holy Spirit, sending a strong signal to the city of Bern that we must all fight food waste.

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