Since 1974, Accor, the world’
s largest hospitality operator, has implemented a sustainability policy with the firm belief that the environment is tourism’
s vital ‘
. This policy evolved into the group’
s Planet 21
programme in 2012, outlining 21 commitments under six pillars covering social, environmental and community involvement.
Educating staff to be mindful of their natural surroundings and people is an inherent part of Planet 21. By 2018, this resulted in over 1000 Accor hotels fostering urban or organic vegetable gardens within their premises or in their vicinity, and almost all Accor properties engaging in a local community activity in aid of the less fortunate.
In Indonesia, the group works with A Tree For A Child, a community investment programme created in conjunction with the Yayasan Peduli Tunas Bangsa foundation in 2001, which focuses on alleviating poverty through education, health, nutrition and environmental protection. Through this endeavour, Accor properties in Indonesia help to provide access to education and healthcare for children, while offering an opportunity for staff to volunteer and engage with local communities. Since its first centre opened in 2001, Accor has benefitted over 200 children and their families, with several of the beneficiaries going on to work within the group’s hotels in Indonesia.
This initiative is one example of the group’s Planet 21 actions under the pillar of ‘working with communities for a positive impact’. The latter ties in perfectly with some of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as Quality Education and Good Health.