Accor signs the United Nations’ “Women’s Empowerment Principles” (WEPs)
French hotel operator Accor, has signed an initiative that aims to empower women in the workplace, the marketplace and the community.
The United Nations’ “Women’s Empowerment Principles” (WEPs) defines seven principles of the empowerment of women. They are:
To establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
To treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non discrimination
To ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
To promote education, training and professional development for women
To implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
To promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
To measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality
Accor says in a media release that by adhering to these principles, the hospitality company is asserting its commitment to diversity and gender equality at an international level.
Sébastien Bazin, the Group’s Chairman and CEO, said, “By signing the Women’s Empowerment Principles, Accor is reasserting its commitment to fight stereotypes and encourage an increase in the percentage of women in decision-making positions. I am convinced that diversity is an asset that stimulates performance and innovation within our teams. We all stand to benefit!”
Accor also instigated the Women at Accor Generation (WAAG), the international network of women working for the Group, which aims to support the personal and professional development of Accor’s women employees in the head offices and the hotels.