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Mr. Pearson

Pete Pearson

Director of Food Waste, World Wildlife Fund

As Director of Food Waste at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, Pete Pearson leads work on food waste prevention and food recovery, helping businesses understand the vital intersection of agriculture and wildlife and habitat conservation.

At WWF, Mr. Pearson works towards promoting and integrating food sustainability initiatives - his expertise includes zero waste programs, local food hub development, sustainable agriculture, annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting and retail sustainable sourcing. His most recent endeavor at WWF has been co-pioneering the Hotel Kitchen initiative with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, to address the issue of food waste within the hospitality industry.

Mr. Pearson has led local and national sustainability programs within the retail grocery industry; has over 10 years of technology experience with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Albertsons; has worked with public schools and hospitals as an independent sustainability consultant, co-founded a sustainable agriculture non-profit, and co-produced a documentary film on local and regenerative agriculture (www.ToLiveLocal.com ). He is also a co-founder of the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), which promotes local and sustainable food communities through research, collaboration with farmers and the expansion of local food distribution.

Please visit http://www.wwfus.org for more information.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at +1 202-293-4800 or Pete.Pearson@wwfus.org

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.