Following up on AccorHotels’ April 2016 pledge to only serve by 2020 free-range eggs – including shell and liquid eggs – in countries where they are available, the Group has announced today that it is partnering with Humane Society International to take this commitment further and identify responsible sources in areas where free-range supply chains are currently unavailable, difficult to locate or incipient. AccorHotels will completely eliminate caged eggs from its supply chain in markets like in Europe by 2020, and in remaining markets where local regulation permits within 8 years.
“Our Healthy and Sustainable Food Charter shows how determined we are to enhance the quality of the meals we serve our guests. We are focusing on guests’ health as much as on giving farmers fair deals, protecting the environment and protecting animal welfare. We are teaming up with Humane Society International for all these reasons,” says Amir Nahai, Chief Executive Officer Group Food & Beverage.
The Group has been working proactively with its Procurement and Food & Beverage departments to ban battery-cage farming in particular. Today, all the eggs in our hotels in Austria and Switzerland come from free-range farms, as do over 60% of the eggs in our hotels in Germany and France.
The main focus for this partnership is to identify free-range supply chains in countries hosting Accorhotels hotels in regions such as Asia and South America.
“We applaud AccorHotels for leading the way towards the improved treatment of animals, particularly in emerging markets,” said Chetana Mirle, Director of Farm Animals at Humane Society International, “We look forward to supporting their commitment in a number of ways, including technical workshops on cage-free egg production for their suppliers, connections to cage-free egg producers and other animal welfare experts in Asia and Latin America, and by providing regular updates on the latest science and policy relating to the cage-free and free-range egg movements in these markets.”
AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator through its HotelServices and HotelInvest divisions, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries.
Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the in-demand economy brands including ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. With an unmatched collection of brands and a rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 240,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world's most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels.
AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.
Accor SA is publicly listed with shares trading on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY) in the United States.
About Humane Society International
Humane Society International is one of the only global animal protection organizations working to help all animals—including animals in laboratories, animals on farms, companion animals and wildlife—and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. HSI: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty. Humane Society International is approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability. Our U.S. affiliate, The Humane Society of the United States, was voted by GuideStar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group and named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities in the USA.
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