Global Wellness Summit honours
The 2017 Global Wellness Summit presented Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas with its Leader in Sustainability award. The annual conference, which was held in Palm Beach, Florida, brings together leaders and top-level decision makers from all parts of the world to solve shared problems and contribute to shaping the future of the wellness industry. The Global Wellness Awards honor outstanding industry leaders in seven categories.
Commenting on the prestigious award made to Neil Jacobs, the Global Wellness Summit affirms that human wellness is crucially linked to the health of the planet and environment, and that this award honours a leader or innovator in, or advocate for, sustainability in all its diverse forms. Neil Jacobs has combined his creative vision of global hospitality and his passion for sustainability, impacting how people view their destination experiences. The Leader in Sustainability award was presented by Mary Tabacchi, Global Wellness Summit advisory board member and PhD, RD, Professor Emerita at Cornell University.
Founded at the beginning of the 2000s, the spirit of the Global Wellness Summit is one of a shared purpose, where speakers, presenters and panelists refrain from promoting themselves and their companies to ensure that the exchange of ideas, debates and strategies are for the good of their industry, the consumers they serve and the planet they share.
In receiving the Leader in Sustainability award, Neil Jacobs said that he was accepting the award for everyone who makes up the Six Senses family and who works together with a common mission to promote responsible sustainability practices, and who keeps Six Senses at the forefront of innovation in the global hospitality and lifestyle sector. Sustainability is a key consideration in the development, design and daily operations at each Six Senses location. Efforts are made to act responsibly in measuring and minimising each resort’s carbon footprint and impact on the environment, all through active management of energy, water, waste, biodiversity, purchasing and chemicals usage.
Jacobs cited how Six Senses has successfully brought together the resort and spa operations with programs that combine the expertise of both. The result so far includes Sleep With Six Senses, a program that helps guests get their best night’s sleep and Six Senses Integrated Wellness, a program that has been endorsed and developed by highly respected doctors and wellness professionals that blends high-tech science with ancient healing traditions, alternative therapies and holistic spa treatments.
New initiatives that will be launched in 2018 include Eat With Six Senses, a program that is based on a respect for local and seasonal food cultures and traditions, cutting-edge nutritional research and a commitment to sustainable practices. A Jet Lag program for guests and Grow With Six Senses which encourages healthy lifestyles for younger guests is also in the works.