2013 Registration document and annual financial report - page 57

Registration Document 2013
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Corporate responsibility
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Commitments to society
International mobility
With operations in 92 countries, Accor offers employees a wide
range of international career opportunities. Employees who want
to take postings outside their home country are supported by the
International Mobility and Expatriation team, whose main role is to:
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help managers
and human resources teams in each country to
identify and recruit the right people for their needs and to define
the contractual terms applicable to each employee;
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support employees
at every stage of their project and the
mobility process, by verifying their project’s feasibility, for example,
or providing cross-cultural sensitivity training;
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ensure compliance with Accor’s international mobility
policies
relating to moving costs, temporary lodging on arrival
and other issues.
A dedicated International Mobility intranet site provides employees
with such useful information as travel and visa formalities, checklists
and country guides. The site reflects the Group’s ever-changing
needs
via
testimonials and news on business development
and regions looking to recruit.
Local managers
Accor wants local communities in host countries to be better
represented in its management teams. This desire to see local
hotel employees rise up through the ranks stems from a need
to secure Accor’s long-term presence, as well as a commitment
to driving innovation.
As of December 31, 2013, 74% of the General Managers of owned,
leased and managed hotels were local nationals, compared with
73% a year earlier.
2.6. COMMITMENTS TO SOCIETY
By protecting children from abuse, promoting health and nutrition, ensuring guest safety and security and making responsible
purchases, Accor is committed to setting an example in its relationships with both guests and society as a whole.The Solidarity
Accor community endowment fund is an organic extension of this commitment and a perfect fit with our core values.
2.6.1. SUPPORT FOR AND ENGAGEMENT IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Protecting children from abuse
Sexual tourismand violence against children crosses geographic,
social and cultural borders. According to the United Nations,
around 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 are
victims of sexual violence worldwide. As the world’s leading
hotel operator, present in 92 countries, Accor has a moral
obligation to protect children from abuse and to ensure that
these practices do not take place in its hotels.
According to non-profit ECPAT
(1)
,
“child sex tourism (CST)
is the
commercial sexual exploitation of children by individuals who travel
from one place to another, where they engage in sexual acts with
minors.” Although women are also involved, the vast majority of
these individuals are men, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who
use their financial privilege to take advantage of children forced
into prostitution.
In the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child,
the international community agreed to define a ‘child’ as any
person below the age of 18, unless the laws of a particular
country set the legal age for adulthood younger. Teenagers
are therefore considered as children under the law and must
benefit from child protection laws and regulations.
In 2001, Accor became the first hotel group to forge a partnership
with international organization ECPAT to combat CST. The first
employee training programs on CST were introduced in 2002,
strengthening our child protection strategy.
(1) ECPAT is the leading international organization in the fight to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual
purposes. The ECPAT network comprises 80 organizations working in 75 countries.
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