AccorHotels has made giant strides in giving back with its Planet 21 initiatives, thanks to the willingness of guests to be more aware of what they do, use and eat.
In five years, water consumption has been cut, energy consumption and carbon emissions are down, and more than 4.5 million trees have been planted – one tree every minute.
There are many programs underway: every month, staff from Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min in Myanmar work with locals to clean up the lake and give space to local farmers to grow vegetables, buying them back to serve in the hotel’s restaurants. And through the Plant for the Planet arm, it is not just about planting trees, but also about helping sustain local livelihoods and building communities.
So when you hang up your hotel towel to use again tomorrow, half of the laundry savings go to reforestation projects close to that hotel.
There are partnerships everywhere; in Thailand AccorHotels works with Pur Projet, a collective of 50 global organisations which work to support small farmers, while in Australia they work with Greening Australia and also the Great Barrier Reef Project, which aims to restore critical wetland habitats and repair damage through erosion.