Board of Directors: Support for five new projects in France, Morocco, Romania and the UK
The Solidarity AccorHotels Board of Directors, which met on 26 June 2017, reaffirmed the aim of the fund to fight economic and social exclusion of extremely vulnerable populations through employment by voting to support five associations and NGOs:
The Resilliance association, which works for vulnerable rural communities, supports an environmental renewal initiative to improve the living conditions and autonomy of local populations. Its activities include farm land development; water supply; drip irrigation; provision of plants, seeds and farm equipment; continuing training and onsite support; crop planning; and promotion and trade at fair prices.
Solidarity AccorHotels has renewed its longstanding commitment to The Springboard Charity, a British NGO that strives to reduce unemployment and poverty among young people. The close working relationship between Springboard and AccorHotels teams in the UK has led to a new programme called Hospitality Futures. As its name suggests, this training programme will prepare 40 underprivileged young people in London and Birmingham to embark on a career in the hospitality industry.
After supporting the creation in 2016 of a Bio&Co atelier, a vegetable garden plot to aid social integration and employment in Ciocanari, in northern Bucharest, Solidarity AccorHotels decided to reinforce the actions of the Ateliere Fara Frontiere association. Many ties have been forged with the AccorHotels teams in Bucharest, who participate in monthly donations of 200 kg in organic waste, the creation of “Bio&Co” dishes of the month using fruits and vegetables grown in the garden, and tours of the site by employees, among other activities.
Two flagship projects in France
- La Table de Cana in Marseille is one of the largest companies in southern France’s PACA region helping the long-term unemployed find hospitality work. In 2015, it created its Des Etoiles et des Femmes programme, in which 12 women from Marseille’s northern disadvantaged neighbourhoods receive training in high-end hospitality. The initiative, which was developed with support from leading chefs in the region – including four AccorHotels chefs – has been a great success and is now replicating its training model in other cities. This year, Solidarity AccorHotels will continue its support in Marseille and will roll out the programme to Montpellier.
- “Du Sport à l’Emploi”: Sport dans la Ville is the main association for professional integration through sport in France. With locations in various cities around the Rhône-Alpes and Ile-de-France regions, it is working to open a new sports centre in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Gonesse. Through this project, the association will be able to help 150 underprivileged youth in their job search efforts with the support of the Novotel Roissy CDG Convention and Wellness team.