Accor Group celebrates diversity and inclusion

Promoting diversity and inclusion is a lever of performance, innovation and development for global hotel brand Accor Group.

Promoting diversity and inclusion is a lever of performance, innovation and development for Accor Group. The company has taken a long-standing and proactive approach to fighting against discrimination and for equal rights in the company. Welcoming others, giving recognition, drawing on their differences and valuing them are principles rooted in Accor’s DNA. The Group celebrates individuality, encourages creativity and rewards agility among its 280,000 employees around the globe.

Accor’s commitment is demonstrated by its focus on four priorities:

  • Gender diversity and equality
  • Multi-generational synergy
  • The integration of people with disabilities
  • Ethnic, social and cultural diversity

Gender equality

Conscious of gender and diversity challenges, Accor is committed to actively promoting women and young people to management positions in both headquarters and hotels. In 2018, 35% of general managers were women (scope subsidiaries, franchisees, managed).

In 2015, Accor joined HeForShe , a solidarity movement for gender equality initiated by The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or UN Women, to ensure that actions to foster gender equality are driven by both women and men. Accor has been an Impact 10x10x10 Champion and represents this movement internationally.

The integration of people with disabilities

Accor is a pioneering member of the International Labor Organizations’ Global Business and Disability Network. Launched in June 2011, this UN initiative brings together multinational companies committed to including people with disabilities in the workplace. They mobilize employees to promote the integration of people with disabilities during two major events each year – International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Duoday.

Accor annually celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities at its offices around the world. In 2018, the company focused on invisible disabilities. Events and workshops were organized in hotels and at Group headquarters and Accor launched a worldwide photo competition on the same topic.

During this year’s Duoday held May 16, global volunteer Group worked in pairs with people with disabilities, allowing them to explore support professions and operations within Accor Group, generating opportunities to create vocations and build on future collaborations.

Multi-generational synergy

In 2017, Accor launched a pilot intergenerational program. The program paired two-person teams consisting of a “Smart Digit,” an employee passionate about new trends and digital technologies, and a “Smart Leader,” an employee living the Accor culture on a daily basis. The teams worked together, sharing their knowledge and perspectives with each other.

Following the successful pilot, in February 2018 the Group launched the Co-mentoring digital platform with the goal of rolling out the program worldwide. The program numbered more than 900 users across the world by year’s end.

Cultural diversity

Since 2017, Accor has taken efforts to promote diversity and fight against discrimination, particularly in France. By the end of2018, a large part of the action plan defined by the Group had been implemented, including awareness-raising sessions, setting up a whistleblowing system on Accor’s recruitment website, creating a practical guide and pocket leaflet on recruitment without discrimination, and an e-learning course.

Stay in the know,
even on the go

Never want to miss a thing? We'll get you the latest news, trends, insights and BCD news right in your inbox.