Guests consider our hotels like a second home where they can sleep, eat, unwind, etc. This proximity with our guests means we have a unique responsibility; that of guaranteeing them quality products and services with a high environmental and social performance. It also means we can forge even stronger bonds around sustainable development issues, so that ultimately, we can encourage them to take action with us.
- To ensure our guests enjoy a more responsible hotel experience.
- To interact with them and thus reinforce the positive impacts of our approach to a more sustainable business model.
1 1Every year, one major innovation to interact with our guests
2 2Our hotels are committed to our approach to a more sustainable business model
3 310 key hospitality product families are eco-friendly
66% of guests are absolutely convinced that if we don’t act now to protect the planet, future generations will indeed be threatened.
It is also worth observing that millennials and women are generally more sensitive to sustainable development issues.
- Cut our hotels’ water and energy consumption and CO2 emissions,
- Sort more of our waste, so we can recycle more,
- Promote a more responsible diet,Fight food waste,
- Support the development of local communities, etc.
We can be even more effective in all these areas if we incite our guests to engage with us.
The opportunities to interact with them will be all the more effective because our guests are well aware of these issues. What is more, digital technology now offers new solutions that will allow us to interact even more with them.
Most of our guests already take action on a daily basis in their own homes.
And a majority would like to continue these responsible gestures when they stay in our hotels.
But we need to make it easy for them to take action: our guests are willing to make a gesture for the planet or for communities, as long as it is not too complicated. They are even happy to pay a bit more!
Our guests are engaged on a daily basis
of Accor's guests try to avoid food waste at home
buy energy-efficient appliances
sort their waste
buy locally manufactured products
Our guests are willing to help us
of our guests are as concerned about sustainable development in the hotel as they are in their own homes
2 out of 3
guests are willing to pay a little more for a hotel that takes responsible action
are willing to receive their invoice by email
are willing to sort their waste at the hotel
are willing to use their towels and bedsheets for two or three days
It’s a fact. If we don’t act now, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans in 2050. As part of our commitment to reduce the Group’s environmental impact, Accor goes further than the competition.
8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans per year
Plastic is practical: it is light, it resists various elements (water, heat, cold...) and can take various forms. The problem is that plastic is omnipresent and often used for single-use objects. In fact, its production has increased 20-fold since the 1960s and only 5% of this plastic is recycled worldwide, the rest is incinerated, buried or thrown into the wild. It is thus estimated that each of us ingests the equivalent of 1 credit card every week.
Accor goes further than competition and reveals its new commitment. Beyond the elimination of all plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds already engaged, our Group will eliminate all guest-related single-use plastic items in our 5,300 hotels in 110 countries by end 2022.
Relevant alternatives to single-use plastics are already proposed, for some others, sourcing is in progress with the aim to ensure the same level of guest experience. For each solution proposed to hotels, are considering operational impact, costs and better environmental performance.
An operational guide to help hotels make the transition
- Rooms: alternatives of plastic cups, individual amenities…
- Restaurants & bars: alternatives of plastic straws, individual portions at breakfast…
- Meetings and receptions: alternatives of plastic water bottles, goodies, F&B offer…
- Leisure areas: alternatives of plastic slippers, accessories…
To go even further on fighting plastic, Accor has committed to join the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Reducing the impacts of the products and equipment used in our hotels is vital if we are to offer our guests an eco-friendlier experience and better meet their expectations.
This is an environmental issue. We must use products that are made of recyclable materials, are more energy and water efficient, etc. However, it is also a health issue. Paints, furniture and cleaning products can, for example, give off chemical fumes that are detrimental to indoor air quality.
To paint a clearer picture
1 in 2
guests appreciates the use of eco-friendly bathroom products, towels, bedsheets, paint and flooring in the hotels
of guests appreciate the use of low-consumption equipment
What we are doing already
We are responsible down to our choice of products
Novotel lead the way by taking eco-friendly action to another level, especially with the "Live N Dream", Novotel’s 100% sustainable bed.Environmental concerns
Novotel created "Live N Dream", the bed system that resulted from an eco-design scheme that also addressed other sustainable development concerns.
With innovative pillows and duvets filled with bedding fibers made from 100% recycled PET; materials chosen for their low environmental impact (a bed base made with wood from sustainably managed forests); less packaging material and end-of-life product recycling solutions.Social concerns
With the involvement of ergonomists to create a design that limits the risk of musculoskeletal disorders for housekeeping staff; training videos to teach them the right bed-making gestures and postures and how to use the hydraulic Levly® bed-lifting system.Societal concerns
...with the selection of certified suppliers.
What we plan over the next five years
Let’s raise our environmental standards
To ensure that an environmentally responsible approach is adopted on a large scale, we have defined the sustainable development criteria for ten key product families in our business:
- soaps, shampoos and shower gels,
- cleaning products,
- single-use products (toilet paper, bin liners, plastic cups, etc.),
- guest gifts,
- beds, mattresses, duvets and pillows,
- bedsheets and towels,
- floor coverings,
- printing paper.
Accor’s business experts (marketing, procurement, sustainable development, design, etc.) discussed these criteria before submitting them to external specialists and our suppliers for an outside viewpoint and the assurance that they were both relevant and feasible. These criteria could evolve over time to account for the growing expectations and demands of our guests and increasingly strict regulations.
The criteria identified include:
- banning some chemical substances,
- using recycled materials,
- applying ecolabels that guarantee the product’s environmental friendliness,
- using deforestation-free wood and paper,
- reducing packaging,
- integrating eco-designed fittings.
Whether they are involving our guests in a longer term experience, or implementing responsible initiatives, our hotels are at the heart of our approach to a more sustainable business model.
They are where most of our action in favor of positive hospitality commences and takes place.To assist them with this initiative and engage them in a continuous improvement process, we use benchmark systems and monitoring devices.
What we are doing already
An internal system to improve our hotels’ performance.
We adopted an internal system to measure the sustainable performance of our hotels. Our hotels obtained Bronze, then Silver, Gold and Platinum statuses according to how advanced they were in implementing concrete initiatives.
To address the needs of guests who want to choose a responsible hotel, we showcase the hotels that are the most committed to sustainable development.On our website, all.com, a pictogram distinguishes the hotels that have reached Gold or Platinum status and/or have obtained external environmental certification.
Accor is the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program front-runner in Europe
The GreenLeaders label allows TripAdvisor users to identify eco-friendly hotels. This external recognition endorses our Group’s firm commitment to sustainable development.