PARIS — Accor has committed to join the UN Global Tourism Plastics Initiative and remove all single-use plastic items in guest experience from its hotels by the end of 2022.
“We’re aware of the significant impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to create tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities,” says Sébastien Bazin, chairman & CEO, Accor. “What guides us is the consciousness and social awareness that drives every person who strives to be a good citizen. It’s about being aware, socially conscious and consistent.”
Accor has been working within the framework of its sustainable-development program for the past 25 years. In addition to its previous commitment to eliminate all plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, today’s new commitment includes:
- The removal of individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020
- The elimination of all remaining single-use plastic items in guestrooms, meeting areas, restaurants and all leisure-activities areas (spas, fitness centres, et cetera) by the end of 2022
Relevant alternatives to plastic will be proposed for each specific item, considering Life Cycle Assessments to ensure better environmental performance for each.
“Our efforts don’t stop here. We’re an innovative group by nature and continuously search for more areas where we can reduce our impact on the global environment while helping our local communities in their efforts to create a healthier, more-sustainable future,” says Bazin. “As we work to deliver on our commitments, we’re grateful to our dedicated teams of employees all over the world who share our belief in making the world a better place for our guests, while they’re travelling with us and even while they’re not.”