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Accor wins Marie Claire Award for Best Global Sustainable Hotel Group

Global hospitality group Accor has received recognition for its industry-leading sustainability initiatives, winning the Marie Claire Sustainability Award for “Best Sustainable Hotel” (global group).

The awards, judged by an independent panel of industry and sustainability experts, aim to celebrate the brands, organisations, and products that are genuinely implementing change and building a better tomorrow, without greenwashing or misleading.

The accolade recognises a wide range of initiatives from Accor over the past year, continuing the group’s longstanding commitment to sustainability.

In March 2021 Accor became the first major international hotel group to set long-term science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions in line with the 1.5°C ambition of the Paris Agreement. In November 2021, COP26 saw Accor pledge to ban single-use plastic for guests by the end of 2022 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the first international hotel group to do so. It also signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism launched by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) on November 4.

In the same month, Accor, and the 13 other members of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, announced a new Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality, an initiative supported by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

These commitments build on a decade of groundwork in sustainability through Planet 21, the global sustainability programme started by Accor in 2011. Planet 21 has seen Accor make significant progress in key priority areas such as reducing carbon emissions, food waste and plastic waste.

Climate action lies at the core of Accor’s vision and business model. Accor has three main priorities – carbon; food; waste plastics – and beyond that the Group’s goal is to continue to be a social elevator, providing and giving opportunities to people regardless of their background and making sure that they can grow within the company and their communities.

Duncan O’Rourke, CEO Accor Northern Europe, commented: “Sustainability impacts every element of the hospitality industry from how consumers and businesses perceive us, to how we attract, engage and retain employees, interact with the communities we operate in, and design our hotels and food and drink choices. Above all it is our corporate responsibility to act positively. This is why it is integrated into every part of our business. We’re delighted to receive this recognition and will continue to keep striving to do better and lead the industry on sustainability issues every day.


Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its global sustainability commitments (such as achieving Net Zero Carbon emissions by 2050, global elimination of single use plastics in its hotels’ guest experience, etc.), Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticket: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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