Hotel group undertakes numerous activities in PLANET 21 program.
On World Earth Day, April 21, Accor employees took part in various activities in its PLANET 21 program. "With PLANET 21, Accor places sustainable hospitality at the core of its strategic vision, engaging employees, guests and owners to both care and ultimately act, thereby minimizing our hotels' environmental impact and maximizing its positive influence on society," said Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines.
PLANET 21 defines 21 specific commitments and quantifiable goals within seven pillars of social, environmental and community investment actions: Health, Nature, Carbon, Innovation, Local, Employment, and Dialogue. This commitment to sustainable development dates back to 1994, when the Group created a department charged with mitigating the environmental impact of its hotels.
In central Vietnam, employees of the Pullman Danang Beach Resort, Grand Mercure Danang, Hotel Royal Hoi An, MGallery, Novotel Han Premier Danang, Mercure Royal Hoi An, and La Residence Hue, MGallery, collected rubbish along the Hoai River.
Over 100 employees from seven hotels, including Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Sofitel Plaza Hanoi, Pullman Hanoi, Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi, Novotel Halong Bay, Clubhouse Ciputra, and Mercure Hanoi La Gare, also teamed up to carry out gardening, ground leveling, and cleaning up of the backyard of the Phuc Tue Caring Center, a non-profit, non-government daycare facility in Hanoi. The center provides assistance for children suffering from cognitive development disabilities, including Down's Syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. Through their work with the Phuc Tue Caring Center the participating hotels expressed their strong desire to support students in need by improving their living conditions and giving them hope for a brighter future. The hotels also donated sound systems, books, clothes and other necessities.
In the south, Sofitel Saigon Plaza, Pullman Saigon Centre, Novotel Saigon Centre, and ibis Saigon South planted hundreds of trees at the Can Gio Mangrove Forest. This not only contributes to mangrove reforestation but also helps to increase awareness towards the importance of mangrove forests amid climate change.
Accor hotels in Vietnam have performed well since launching PLANET 21 in 2012. All 17 hotels achieved the PLANET 21 Bronze standard after having fulfilled at least ten sustainable development action items relating to management, energy, water, waste, and products (up from 71 per cent in 2013). Eighty-eight per cent also achieved PLANET 21 Silver standards, having fulfilled ten additional action items (up from 65 per cent in 2013).