Participating in the life of the communities in which we operate, being attentive to the needs of the most fragile sections of society and working for local economic development... Wherever we are, our teams work for the benefit of the disadvantaged, with a welcoming heart, beyond borders.
The eligibility criteria for a project
• It should involve one or several of our employees, locally.
• It should be managed by a social organisation in the country in which we are based.
• It should be coherent with one of our two fields of action.
The six stages in the life of a project
Do you support an association or an NGO? Would you like to present a project?
Does your project meet the eligibility criteria? *
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The submission form is available online.
The Solidarity AccorHotels standing team carries out an in-depth evaluation of your project and of the association involved.
After evaluation, the Selection Committee or the Board of Directors votes on your project.
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Your project becomes a reality thanks to your support and that of Solidarity AccorHotels
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Interactive map of the projects we support
Our actions illustrated by four projects
accordeons-flou-1400x200-2France, Marseille : la Table de Cana
Professional integration and French gastronomy both require rigor, self-mastery and consistent optimism. The “Des Etoiles et des Femmes” programme is a good example. This project, led by La Table de Cana in Marseille, trains women from the northern neighborhoods of the city as part of a work-study programme aimed at gaining a professional CAP catering qualification. Created in 1992, La Table de Cana is the biggest social reinsertion enterprise for the restaurant industry in the PACA region and has already supported more than 1,000 beneficiaries towards employment.
Five of the twelve partner kitchens are part of AccorHotels. Just as many renowned chefs offer their time and their talent to supporting professional development in their respective subsidiaries: Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, Pullman Marseille Provence, Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, Grand Hôtel Roi René (MGallery by Sofitel Collection) and Mama Shelter.
More than one great story has come out of the project: Hafidha, beneficiary of this programme, was for instance chosen for the Nils Tavernier documentary “We are Women”. This collection of short films, made with Solidarity AccorHotels and eight other corporate foundations, highlights the courageous career paths taken by women the world over.
Discover her testimony.
« There is the importance of offering women this wonderful experience alongside our Chefs, helping them train and obtain a professional qualification. There is also the emotion of seing the stars in their eyes »
accordeons-flou-1400x200-5Train and integrate youngsters in Thailand with IECD
Since 2013, we’ve been backing a project at Mae Sot, on the Burmese border, from the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD). The training aimed at thirty or so young Karen people is carried out at the HCTC (Hospitality & Catering Training Center). It’s built on two pillars: first, a course training participants in hospitality and catering professions and mixing theory and practice in the NGO’s training restaurant, The Passport. Second, participants are integrated into professional life with a six-month work experience, with numerous Group hotels offering placements.
In 2016, thanks to our support, the future servers, bartenders, kitchen assistants and room attendants will graduate, the fourth class of HCTC. The involvement of AccorHotels employees in Thailand is as varied as it is multidisciplinary: teaching, work experience, communication and more. In September 2015, TripAdvisor awarded a certificate of excellence to The Passport restaurant.
What a fantastic recognition!
« I am very proud to represent a horizon for young people from the Karen community »
accordeons-flou-1400x200-2Farming supporting local development in Ivory Coast
Support of Ivoire Développement Durable (Ivoire DD) is one of the Group’s longstanding commitments: it took root in 2009, two years after the launch of the NGO. Agricultural projects are developed in the poorest rural areas of Ivory Coast to create viable businesses. Between 2010 and 2013, 30 youngsters from three villages planted and harvested rubber and cocoa, helping these farms become financially autonomous.
The project supported by Solidarity AccorHotels in 2014 and 2015 now extends to two sites: Ebimpé (20km south of Abidjan) and Damé (300km to the east). It is aimed at improving the nutrition of almost 600 children in village canteens. Sixty women with low income are trained in growing manioc, aubergines, okra and chili peppers; in basic agricultural techniques; in sales (for a third of the crops) and in nutrition and hygiene.
Through regular visits and frequent reports, the AccorHotels employees in Ivory Coast offer daily support in the project’s sustainability.
« I supported the training of disadvantaged youngsters at the rubber plantation, through to the first “bleed”. When an opportunity arose with the project for women in difficulty, I didn’t hesitate a second to get involved! »
accordeons-flou-1400x200-5Fight exclusion, motto of the ibis Taubaté in Brazil
The IA3 Institute, a center of welcome and support for teenagers, was created in 2008. This NGO helps seriously disadvantaged people, through different reinsertion approaches: artistic (theatre, music) and civic education (environmental, health) sports, but also entrepreneurship and professional training.
The quality of its actions is confirmed by the fact that several of the apprentices at the nearby ibis Taubaté have come through the Institute. In Pindamonhangaba, in the north-east of Sao Paulo, IA3 coordinated the Vem Ser* project. Based on local craftsmanship and sewing, embroidery and patchwork techniques, it has already trained a hundred or so women facing social exclusion due to unemployment, prostitution or addiction. The ibis Taubaté contribution includes supplying recyclable materials and selling products made by the beneficiaries. In 2016-2017, Solidarity AccorHotels support will enable 30 women to be trained in different crafts, in entrepreneurship and in sales.
*Vem Ser means “come to be” but spoken aloud, can be understood as “vencer”, which means “win”.
« Investing in social causes means respect for others and for society, even more so in a country that has so much social inequality. The Vem Ser project is a beacon for many mothers, mothers who guide their children to a better future. »