New sponsor has environment in its sights

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ACCOR is the world’s leading hotel operator, offering a portfolio of hotel brands from luxury to budget, including Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Sebel, Quay West, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and Ibis Budget. Accor is deeply committed to sustainability, which is why they created PLANET 21.

PLANET 21 is 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.

ACCOR New Zealand, in partnership with Trees for Survival (TfS), is working to help restore New Zealand’s natural heritage. This commitment to TfS is funded from the savings achieved in New Zealand hotels every time a towel is re-used by a guest.

ACCOR New Zealand has also established a reputation for putting back into the community. Over the last ten years, Accor has raised $3 million dollars for Cure Kids through its own initiatives such as Kiwi Trek. These funds have enabled Cure Kids to be a strategic partner in New Zealand’s largest ever research programme into rheumatic heart disease.

In August 2013, Accor’s biannual Kiwi Trek to Cure Kids fundraising event set out to raise $180,000 in support of its national charity of choice, Cure Kids. Over five days, 44 Accor Hotel staff and management travelled the country, from Queenstown to Auckland, completing an Amazing Race style trek.

In Auckland the Kiwi Trek gets into the country

Christchurch TfS students and Accor staff get acquainted

PLANET 21, Plant for the Planet partnership with TfS at primary schools in Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Don Roa, TfS National Manager says, “this new support will play a significant role in the rapidly expanding impact of our programme.”

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.

Learning about the TfS programme in Christchurch

ACCORs network of over 30 hotels in New Zealand will be progressively accredited to PLANET 21  status. The sustainable programmes of individual hotels build on the ACCOR group’s performance nationally.

Two Accor commitments – Cure Kids and now TfS

 

 

 

 

 

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A classic Queenstown setting - Accor, TfS and children join forces

A shared commitment to plant trees