How to involve employees in solidarity projects?

« The world’s leading hotel operator, AccorHotels has built its history on a deep dedication to forging ties. As a leader, we have always cared about upholding a high level of commitment to our employees, our guests, our partners and our host communities in more than 90 countries. ».  Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Solidarity AccorHotels, the Group’s endowment Fund, is one of the cornerstones of this commitment. Since 2008, the Fund has supported solidarity initiatives initially sponsored by the AccorHotels employees. They get involved in the field to help fight against the economic and social exclusion of extremely disadvantaged people through professional insertion.

All of the projects are led by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or by local not-for-profit associations for the benefit of our hotels’ host communities. The values of hospitality, caring and generosity that our hotel employees embody every day in their jobs flow naturally through to community outreach initiatives. The diversity of hotel industry jobs means that everyone’s skills can be used in putting together a project.

Today, over 20,000 of them, all over the world, donate their time, impart their skills, share special moments with the beneficiaries, and work for the greater good.

Examples of AccorHotels employees’ involvement

In France

france.jpgIn Marseille, the Human Resources Directors and the Chefs from 5 Group’s hotels are involved with La Table de Cana in a training in high-end hospitality for 12 women from Marseille’s northern neighborhoods.

 « I supported the project from the moment it was presented in early 2015. I found it to be ground-breaking, because it allows motivated women passionate about cooking to benefit from the advice of our Chefs in the Marseille area. »

Sylvie Guerville
Regional Recruitment Manager
South East


In Myanmar

 mayanmar-1.jpgThe Novotel Yangon Max teams in Myanmar support the Organization FXB International in a training Program for 80 young women from the slums of Yangon (loom weaving, clothes-making and interior decoration).

« It’s an effective project that empowers women while taking into account the social and cultural realities of the country. […] We support commercialization of the finished products through our hotels.  »

Philippe Battlé
Area General Manager Myanmar
General Manager Novotel Yangon Max

In Brazil

In Belo Horizonte, tbrazil.jpghe employees are engaged in training program for young vulnerable people in hospitality. This project is managed by the NGO Humbiumbi.

« This program is a real opportunity for these young people who can discover the hotel industry world and chose a job. At the beginning, the theoretical courses were given at the Humbiumbi’s office which was very far from the hotels. Consequently, I proposed that the courses take place at the ibis Belo Horizonte Savassi to strengthen the participants’ professional experience and the collaborators’ implication.. »

Guilherme Sanson
General Manager
ibis Belo Honrizonte Savassi

In South Africa

Around ten emsafrica.jpgployees in Johannesburg take part of the project « My Future, My Responsibility » with the NGO Children of the Dawn, which aims at giving a social and professional support of young people in difficult.

« I had the pleasure of coordinating the program for the AccorHotels employees and the communication with beneficiaries and of spending time with the immersion students we welcomed on our Mercure hotels in Johannesburg. »

Prisca Hlatshwayo
Sales Manager
Mercure Johannesburg Midrand

In order to the AccorHotels employees are able to submit their project, Solidarity AccorHotels has used the Optimy solution since 2013.