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March 1, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

As a member of the HeForShe movement, AccorHotels is committed to gender equality and equal pay for the same job. With women’s salaries greatly lagging behind men in Asia Pacific, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank, (around 15% pay gap in Greater China and the Philippines; and 30% in Malaysia, India and Singapore), the group is targeting equal pay for its women employees by 2020 in France, Spain, Brazil and Australia – with a longer-term goal to achieve equality across the entire group. The group has also committed to having at least 35% women General Managers in its hotels by the end of 2017, with a longer term goal of 50%.

Since 2008, the group’s Solidarity AccorHotels endowment fund has also supported 36 back-to-work projects entirely dedicated to the professional reintegration of women, helping more than 8,000 women across 19 countries. In Asia, 6 projects are entirely dedicated to women in great difficulty in China, India and Myanmar where more than 1,400 women are supported.

“A good indicator to a fair and equitable working community is how it encourages, nurtures and rewards female talent,” said Christine Rumble, Chief Talent & Culture Officer AccorHotels Asia Pacific. “We have introduced several measures to make work fairer for women across the group and ensure we have equal representation at all levels. This year we are launching a project to analyse pay equality in China, Indonesia and Australia.”

“We understand that a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to an organisational culture that is associated with better financial outcomes,” she said. “Our policy is to ensure we have equal representation of women and the right training and development programs to ensure we attract the best and brightest from every demographic.”

“Women have the right to have fulfilling careers and receive the same opportunities as men,” said Sébastien Bazin, AccorHotels Chairman and CEO. “AccorHotels is also striving to reduce the pay gap between men and women by offering a more gender equal remuneration policy and to encourage projects that help train and integrate young women in difficulty through the endowment fund, Solidarity Accor.”

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, AccorHotels is supporting various art & cultural activities within Asia Pacific to support gender equality including:

  • Dress for Success Charity Event in Singapore
    Dress for Success aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. On the 7th of March 2017, a charity dinner will be organised by Dress for Success Singapore at Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay. AccorHotels Singapore will support the event through ticket sales and raffle prizes contributed by five AccorHotels properties.
  • HeForShe Arts Week including the Film Festival in Thailand
    For the 2nd consecutive year, UN Women is organising HeForShe Arts week globally. AccorHotels Thailand is an active player in the HeForShe movement and a sponsor of HeForShe Arts Week Bangkok. Mr. Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia, will participate in a panel discussion on gender equality in the workplace with senior-level representatives from the private sector on the 8th of March 2017 at the Bangkok Art & Cultural Center.
  • WAAG activities across the network
    Created in December 2012, AccorHotels’ WAAG network was created to inspire women to evolve within the group to fight against stereotypes and to reach gender equality. Asia Pacific has the strongest WAAG network in the world, with over 1,400 members (or over 33% of global membership), showing there is a real push for change in the region, with both men and women represented in the network. For Women’s Day International, the group’s hotels will celebrate women across the network with a range of celebrations and activities. This includes the publication of a book called “Welcome to the World of our Women General Managers” which celebrates the story of 24 women who have become General Managers in the past year.

“In a Group like AccorHotels, where about 50% of our 240,000 employees are women, diversity at every level in the company is not a cause we stand for: it is a vital issue and a key to sustainable performance,” said Sebastien Bazin. “We are all – men and women alike – free to enjoy fulfilling professional careers. That’s the spirit behind the HeForShe movement that UN Women is leading and AccorHotels supports through its values, its Talent & Culture approach and its WAAG network.”

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