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The Accor Hotels relationship with TfS is gaining good momentum and it is great to see their staff taking opportunities to become involved with TfSactivities – see links in the footer to items in this issue of Te Māra a Tāne.
As a National Gold Sponsor the hotels want their staff to have a hands-on relationship with the programme in the schools and on planting days. It is envisaged that the hotels will make available staff to contribute to running the programme by helping with pricking out, potting on and weeding/nurturing the plants as well as assisting on planting days. Numbers able to participate in these activities will be agreed between the individual school and their supporting hotel(s) and the emphasis is on assisting not taking over.
The schools will undoubtedly benefit from the interaction and other aspects that our sponsor Accor may wish to support through voluntary service.
The twelve schools selected to work with Accor under their major commitment to TfS are shown below. The first five schools are also sponsored by Accor. The member hotels of Accor working directly with individual schools are also identified.
Westbrook Primary (Novotel Rotorua Lakeside/ibis Rotorua), Queenstown Primary (Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa/Hotel St Moritz Queenstown/Novotel Queenstown Lakeside/Mercure Queenstown Resort), Melville Primary (Novotel Tainui Hamilton/ibis Tainui Hamilton), Aorere College (Novotel Auckland Airport/ibis Budget Auckland Airport), Glenview School (Novotel Wellington) – all sponsored – and Ponsonby Primary (Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour), Freemans Bay Primary (Sebel Suites Auckland/Quay West Auckland), Waiheke Primary (Pullman Auckland), Ellerslie Primary (Novotel Auckland Ellerslie/ibis Auckland Ellerslie), Orakei Primary (Mercure Auckland/ibis Styles Auckland), Mana College (Mercure Wellington), Epuni School (ibis Wellington), Wharenui School (Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square/ibis Christchurch).
Getting to know PLANET 21
Accor is deeply committed to sustainability, which is why they created PLANET 21, a sustainable development programme that covers all of Accor’s environmental, social and community obligations. It outlines 21 commitments towards sustainable development which are structured into seven pillars: Health, Nature, Carbon, Innovation, Local Development, Employment and Dialogue. Through PLANET 21, Accor and its hotels are acting together for the wellbeing of our world. In all their hotels, they work with employees, guests and partners to reinvent hotels – sustainably.
The name PLANET 21 is a direct reference to Agenda 21, the environmental action plan signed by 173 heads of state at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and reminds us of the urgent concerns that face our planet in the 21st century and the need to change the methods of production and consumption patterns to ensure the sustainability of the planet.
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