Brune Poirson takes over as Director of Sustainability at Accor
Its function will be to define, promote and monitor the commitments, the strategy and the deployment of the action plans of the French group. He will also be responsible for the Accor Solidarity Foundation and the ALL Heartists Fund
Accor announces the appointment of Brune Poirson as Chief Sustainability Officer. The professional will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, President and CEO, and will become a member of the Executive Committee. Its function will be to define, promote and monitor the commitments, strategy and deployment of the Group's action plans in terms of sustainable development. He will also be responsible for the Accor Solidarity Foundation and the ALL Heartists Fund. This appointment will take effect on May 5, 2021.
Committed to sustainable development, Brune Poirson has experience working in the public and private sectors. Within the French government he defended the law against waste to counteract plastic pollution, and has integrated important organizations both in the French country and internationally. Until recently, Brune was a member of Parliament and for three years she was Secretary of State for Environmental Transition. She was the first French woman to be elected vice president of the United Nations Environment Assembly.
“For more than 25 years, Accor has been at the forefront of efforts to address environmental and human challenges related to the development of travel and tourism. With the appointment of Brune Poirson, I want us to expand our commitments in terms of environmental protection, give new impetus to our efforts to support our local communities, and defend, wherever we operate, our strong beliefs and actions. It is imperative to take positive action to support the environment and the men and women who drive our industry on a daily basis. Also in this area, I want us to set an example by being both bold and pioneering, "said Sébastien Bazin, President and CEO of Accor.
For her part, the group's new sustainability director said she was “delighted to join a world leader in hospitality and be able to bring my experience and beliefs, and take action. With more than 5,100 hotels worldwide, hundreds of owners and partners, several hundred million guests, and together with experienced teams, we have a wonderful opportunity to take decisive and practical action every day. In this new role, I want to help promote the vision that Accor has had since its inception: bringing positive, contemporary and responsible hospitality to life ”.
Brune Poirson started her career in London, at NESTA, the UK-based Innovation Foundation, and then moved on to the French Development Agency and the Veolia group in India, before working in a green business incubator in Boston. Brune Poirson, 38, graduated from the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Aix and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.