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Accor Meets High Workplace Safety Standards

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12 May 2008


Accor Meets High Workplace Safety Standards

Accor has once again reached the highest level possible in ACC’s Workplace Safety Management Practices programme.

Accor is an international group of more than 4,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries, with 28 hotels throughout New Zealand. All of Accor’s Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis hotels in New Zealand, as well as The Yacht Club Hotel, Picton, are involved in the programme and comply with the highest standards.

The scheme’s three rankings are primary, secondary and tertiary and as of next March, companies wishing to do business with any government department must reach at least secondary level.

The Workplace Safety Management Practices programme involves registered companies having their health and safety practices audited every two years, to encourage businesses to improve these practices and receive discounted levies. While many companies do reach tertiary level at one point, it is a real achievement to maintain these standards through each successive audit. Accor has been in the programme since 2002 and has been at tertiary level since 2004.

Accor’s New Zealand Training and Compliance Manager Stephen Tiney says this kind of programme is a great way of ensuring that practices are up to scratch.

“ACC’s Workplace Safety Management Practices programme assists us in maintaining the best practices in the field of health and safety and helps us to control risk management. It also means we are in a position to confidently pursue government contracts knowing that we are compliant with these strict standards.”

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.
- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

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