Initially developed by students from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, the Beelong indicator was developed based on the principle that the restaurant industry, as a major consumer of foodstuffs, has a pioneering role to play in promoting sustainable consumption.
Passionate about all aspects of the food industry, I furthered my understanding throughout my studies at EHL.
Well aware of tomorrow’s agricultural challenges, I strongly believe that the restaurant industry has a major role to play for promoting healthy, sustainable and high quality food consumption.
With EHL’s support following my studies, I intend to provide practical tools for the players in the restaurant industry and to contribute to shape the future of the food industry driven by sustainable initiatives.
Rémi Walbaum is currently the Director of Campus Development at EHL, President of the CGN (Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman) & CGN SA since 2012 and President of Innovaud since 2013. In 2004, he joined Venturelab where he coached young entrepreneurs. He also worked as a professor at HEC Lausanne (teaching SME Management) from 2005 to 2014.
Rémi’s entrepreneurial mindset has led him to found a number of start-ups including Axe Communication in 1989, leshop.ch in 1998, Usability Europe in 2000 and Fleur de Pains in 2005. He is also actively involved in numerous start-ups in the region. His experience and entrepreneurial skills are real assets for Beelong.
Christian’s specialist skills and strong dedication to ecological and sustainable solutions has allowed him to initiate numerous projects such as a photovoltaic plant, a permaculture-inspired vegetable garden, innovative waste management solutions and a sustainable mobility plan at EHL. Christian is also a Municipal in Corcelles-sur-Chavornay, where he has implemented numerous green energy solutions.
Christian’s professional experience and his network within the field of sustainable development are hugely beneficial to Beelong.
Philippe Vollichard is a forestry engineer by training and has always been interested in sustainable resource management. The first half of his career was dedicated to promoting the use of wood originating from Swiss forests.
Since 1995, Philippe has been actively managing the campus environment at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and in 2008, he took on the role as Head of Sustainable Development.
Philippe has opened up his network to Beelong and shares his professional experience to facilitate project implementation.
In 1999, Benoît Frund, Geogapher, commenced his career within an SME dedicated to geoinformatics and development support, where he later became director. In early 2004, he returned to UNIL to create and direct the building department. Upon the management’s request, he built a team in charge of putting a sustainability strategy in place for UNIL.
In September 2011, he joined the Management team at UNIL as Vice-Rector. With his team, his goal is to “put sustainability at the forefront of the institution’s concerns” with regards to teaching, research and the campus itself.
Since 2004, Viviane Keller, Architect, has directed the Canton de Vaud’s Sustainable Development Unit (UDD). This cantonal department is a center of expertise, resources and support for the region including state services, communes and semi-public institutions.
The UDD is concentrating on disseminating tools such as Boussole21, le Guide des achats professionnels responsables and les Actions pour la durabilité dans les communes where their focus is on the use of local products in institutional catering.
Caroline Coquerel dedicates her energy and experience to accompanying entrepreneurs and helping them unmask and develop their skills, particularly in business management and business development.
She is an engineer by profession with a Masters in agronomy and technology of spatial information. Caroline has had increasingly demanding responsibilities in different countries in project management, consulting, business development and management.
Caroline shares her expertise in the sales of services and IT products, as well as her experience in environmental projects.
Adrien Hermann has coordinated projects linked with sustainable development within FHV (Fédération des Hôpitaux Vaudois) member establishments since 2011. He provides strategic and operational support for projects including energy-use strategies, sustainable procurement, industry-specific reference documents for sustainable development, as well as mobility plans.
As Project Manager, Adrien helps FHV members develop sustainably. His vision and objectives are aligned with Beelong’s.
Célia Vaudaux holds a Masters in food processing, bio-medical and environmental microbiology from the Université de Lyon. At the end of her studies she focused on training and consulting in food safety for private companies and microbiological analyses at the “CLS” laboratory.
In 2010, she joined the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève as head of quality and hygiene within the Catering Department. Since 2012, she has been part of the hospital’s sustainable development initiatives as cheffe de projet Terrain « Manger Local ».
Célia is aware of the importance of sustainable foods and has acquired in depth knowledge and understanding of the relevant constraints that hospital’s face, which is greatly beneficial to Beelong.
Since 1998, Jean-Claude Seiler holds the position as Head of day care services for children for the Ville de Lausanne. He also runs Lausanne’s day care network (Réseau-L) including 45 private subsidised organisations. After training as a teacher, he obtained a Postgraduate diploma: “Diplôme exécutif en Action publique” (DEAP) from IDHEAP (Institut des hautes études en administration publique) in 2004. He is a member of the Board and the Advisory Board of the FAJE and sits on various other boards and committees regarding Day Care. Jean-Claude is also President of Ortra Santé Social Vaud.
He is concerned about the quality of food served to children and shares his knowledge in his field and understanding of the changes in consumption habits with us at Beelong.
The first version of the Beelong indicator was established in 2008 by a group of students from the l’École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) concerned about the environmental impact of their daily food consumption. The Beelong indicator is based on one simple question: how can we choose the most environmentally friendly products? Essentially, what criteria other than price, quality and packaging can be used?
With these questions in mind, Beelong – the ecological food indicator – was born.
The Beelong indicator, originally named BEST, was first tested by students in different restaurants on the EHL campus between 2008 and 2012, and was then supported internally at EHL.
As a result of the wide enthusiasm and the interest generated by the project, Genilem‘s first prize was awarded to Beelong in 2013.
After a 2-year pilot phase supported by EHL and numerous other partners, the project took off independently at the end of 2014 within EHL’s start-up incubator.
Bees are victims of over-intensive agriculture and are dying around the world. The bee is a powerful symbol of human impact on the environment; an essential insect that our agriculture and food chain depend on (watch Markus Imhoof’s film “More than honey” – See trailer below).
The verb “belong” is also apparent in the name as we belong to the same world, the same eco-friendly community. And finally, the world long implies longevity and sustainability, in line with our mission to reduce the impact of food on the environment.