AccorHotels is proud to participate in the Women In Africa initiative and renews its commitment to the promotion and recognition of women in Africa and all over the word.
AccorHotels team is delighted to have participated in the WIA 2018 edition and to have awarded the African Man of the Year Award (aMoya), which honours the outstanding commitment of African men who promote and encourage women in the continent’s socio-economic landscape.
This commitment echoes the AccorHotels Group’s news on these key issues of women’s diversity and empowerment. On October 25th, at the Fairmont Dubai, Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, unveiled the new name of the WAAG network (Women At AccorHotels Generation) with a conference bringing together a hundred network members from 30 countries.
Six years after its creation, the WAAG network is taking a new step by improving the Group’s commitment to gender equality with a new goal: diversity, as a key driver of collective performance.
Renamed “RiiSE” and open to both men and women, this network is active across five continents via the mobilization of strong regional communities. Its action is based in particular on the sharing of knowledge through a mentoring program, with 900 pairs in some 20 countries in 2018, on the promotion of especially female talent to positions of responsibility, and on combatting all forms of discrimination.
Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer of AccorHotels, and John Ozinga, CEO of AccorInvest, Joint Ambassadors of the network, reaffirmed RiiSE’s ambition by emphasizing the extent to which “diversity is a powerful driver of collective performance: it is important to involve men, women, and managers at the highest level to set an example. Promoting gender diversity is everyone’s duty regardless of their own gender.”
Another of RiiSE’s core beliefs is that no progress can be made in terms of gender equality, fairness and diversity without the support of men, who currently represent 42% of the network’s members.
In addition to gender equality, RiiSE’s diversity concept will also aim to encourage the emergence of mixed teams in terms of generations and cultures. “We are an international company operating in 100 countries, with a wealth of talent that RiiSE must also develop”, according to Maud Bailly and John Ozinga.
In addition to mentoring and the promotion of diversity, RiiSE will strive to combat stereotypes, everyday sexism, and sexual harassment, through communication campaigns, conferences and awareness-raising workshops.