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At The Bench we are proud to demonstrate our social responsibility through our commitment to corporate-led charity fundraising. We recognise the importance of building connections with the community and empowering local people to live and work in ways to support their environment. Over the years we have championed specific charity causes to stop poaching, beat cancer and help improve the lives of others.

HOSPITALITYHELPS has facilitated over 120.000 guest nights for displaced Ukrainian residents since the start of the war

(08 April 2022) Created by a group of hospitality industry veterans, #HospitalityHelps is an online booking platform for short-term hotel stays for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Through the...

AviaDev Africa 2022: Supporting local charities and the next generation

AviaDev Africa, one of The Bench’s growing portfolio of industry conferences was successfully delivered on 29 June – 1 July 2022 in Cape Town, after a three year hiatus. At...

368 hotels registered across 38 countries to help Ukrainian refugees

Following the onset of war in Ukraine and the consequent fleeing of civilians from their homes, The Bench, in collaboration with other hospitality industry members such as PKF hospitality group...

BEE-NCH is now a virtual beekeeper

Recently we became aware of the "Bee Kind. Adopt A Hive" campaign launch by the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA), which was founded in 2018 by both Accor and Mantis...

Creating Impact with the Bench Forest

At 'The Bench', we constantly try to be sustainable ourselves and to encourage sustainability across the global hospitality industry. But we know can always do better, so we have just...

AviaDev Europe 2019: Supporting Future Leaders and a Local Charity

The 2nd edition of AviaDev Europe took place on 23rd -25th October 2019 in beautiful Valencia. Creating Impact has been in the DNA of AviaDev since the start. Similar to...

Going Ape in Valencia

Since 2013, Jon Howell, CEO of AviaDev has undertaken multiple activities to raise funds for Gorilla Conservation. He was appointed a global ambassador for the charity in 2016. These activities...

AviaDev partners with iFly Aviation to enable young aviators’ dreams take flight

9th December 2019, Port Elizabeth, South Africa AviaDev has been working with iFly aviation for over 2 years. iFly’s vision aims to give back to our communities and make a...

AHIF 2019 Delegate Bags

The AHIF 2019 delegate bags were custom-made in support of Our Father's Kitchen, a community kitchen that feeds underprivileged children. OFK is a non-profit project initiated by The Lime Tree...