BC Hospitality Group wins prestigious Copenhagen Business Award 2018

Press Release June 11, 2018

BC Hospitality Group, whose activities include the operation of three international hotels and Bella Center Copenhagen, just received the City of Copenhagen's much-coveted Copenhagen Business Award in the category "Environmental Responsibility, CSR and Socio-economic Businesses" for the group's continued efforts for causes such as integration of socially disadvantaged groups, and ensuring diversity and flexibility in the workplace.


Recepient award-winners on behalf of BC Hospitality Group (L-R): Group Responsible Hospitality Manager - Mireille Jakobsen, Group CEO - Allan L. Agerholm, Group HR Director - Henriette Fredericia, and Group Strategy Director - Frederik Mohr.


BC Hospitality Group was among 20 companies nominated in four award categories. In its statement on choosing the group for this coveted award, the independent jury wrote: "The hotel and conference company BC Hospitality Group wins in the category 'Environmental Responsibility, CSR and Socioeconomic Businesses' for setting a high standard for others in the industry when it comes to integration and other issues. The company currently employs 79 different nationalities and has created a diverse, inclusive and flexible workplace."


The Copenhagen Business Award was presented to the winners at Copenhagen City Hall in connection with the City of Copenhagen's annual Business Dialogue event. The winners were recognised for their contributions to the capital city's growth and their excellence in one of the four categories: Attractive City, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Responsibility and CSR.

At BC Hospitality Group, Group CEO Allan L. Agerholm appreciates the honour:


"The Business Award is a wonderful recognition of the entire group's many years of work with environmental responsibility, general sustainability and CSR. Our mantra is: 'Sustainability is good business'. For years, we've been working proactively to take social and environmental responsibility for the benefit of citizens, society, the environment - and our business. We are constantly exploring new sustainable partnerships that will enable us to continue cultivating new sustainable ideas, build synergies and inspire ourselves and others to create growth through responsibility."


"For us, sustainability is not just a matter of climate and environment, but also very much about diversity and integration in the labour market, involvement of the local community and much more. We have taken a holistic approach to sustainability, which also requires that you sometimes think outside the box and challenge yourself and your partners to find innovative new solutions and collaborations. It's hard work, but it's always extremely rewarding in so many ways for all the employees in the group," says Allan L. Agerholm.


BC Hospitality Group employs more than 3,000 people and is one of Copenhagen and Denmark's largest companies in the hotel, conference and trade show industry. The group annually serves more than 1.5 million Danish and international guests, and currently has 79 nationalities employed in a diverse, inclusive and flexible workplace. One of the group's many projects, "Road to Jobs", gave 29 refugees and unemployed persons access to a three-month internship, after which 12 of the 29 participants were hired. In total, 43% of the participants on an intern placement scheme at the group in 2017 were offered employment upon completion of their internship.


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About the City of Copenhagen's Copenhagen Business Award

The category "Environmental Responsibility, CSR and Socioeconomic Businesses" included companies that have taken prominent corporate measures in the areas of environment or CSR, used their profits to create jobs for socially vulnerable citizens, or found solutions to social and environmental challenges. Companies with a strong everyday focus on creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible workplace were also eligible for consideration.


The nominees joining BC Hospitality Group in the category, "Environmental Responsibility, CSR and Socioeconomic Businesses" were: The Glad Foundation, Rema 1000 - Hammerichsgade 1, Send Flere Krydderier and Zenz Organic.


The jury consisted of members of the Copenhagen Business Council: Torben Möger Pedersen - CEO, PensionDanmark, Peter N. Dupont - CEO & Green Coffee Sourcing, The Coffee Collective, Dorthe Pedersen - CEO, Meyers Madhus, and Christoffer Susém - CEO, Association of Craftsmen in Copenhagen. The nominees are selected by an expert jury comprising staff from the City of Copenhagen's Technical and Environmental Administration, Culture and Leisure Administration, Employment and Integration Administration, and Finance Administration.


Read the full press release about the winners of the Copenhagen Business Award here (DK only).

Read more about the City of Copenhagen's Copenhagen Business Award here (DK only).

Read more about BC Hospitality Group and its Responsible Hospitality strategy, and follow and share information about the group on Linkedin.

Contact information

Allan L. Agerholm, CEO - BC Hospitality Group, m: (+45) 5060 4400, e: ala@bchg.dk

Anne Marie Barsøe, Head of Media Relations - BC Hospitality Group, m: (+45) 8188 4842, e: anba@bchg.dk


BC Hospitality Group


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