A responsible luxury
Responsibility is at the heart of our business. We are responsible for the wellbeing of our clients and employees, as well as for looking after our environment. In essence, our hotels are already symbols of durability, because of their history, their iconic locations, their importance to their locality, and the exceptional service offered to our clients.
The group wants to go further, to align their success with the evolution of our world, and to coherently bring together the world of luxury and that of eco responsibility. At Airelles we are enthusiastic and positive about Responsabilité Sociétale des Enterprises (Social Responsibility for Businesses). For us it triggers a deep feeling of emotion and belonging. We take action quickly rather than simply talking about it, and we help our teams to do the same every day. We also encourage them, because our talents are developing, to think about the crucial challenges, and the importance of the proposition. The new generation is looking for answers and for engagement, and we want to give it to them in their professional life, both environmentally, socially and societally.
1% of carbon emission worldwide come from the hotel industry. We have a responsibility to do what we can to limit our carbon footprint, and to protect our environment. Firstly, because our hotels are historic buildings set in exceptional natural sites and secondly, because we subscribe to a more global environmental duty.
We’ve got rid of single-use plastic
We’re reducing the amount of waste
Our waste is sorted, recycled and reused where possible
And when it comes to other people’s rubbish…our teams help clear it up, as part of a team-building rubbish collection and cleaning event.
Hygiene, it’s important for life, self-esteem, and social acceptability.
Our soaps are recycled by Unisoap
For all these essential reasons, and because we want to be a socially responsible business, Airelles has a partnership with Unisoap, the Lyon-based charity which collects single-use soaps from our hotels. The soap is then recycled at a centre in Lyon which is staffed by people with disabilities. The recycled soaps are, in turn, given to local and national partners who distribute them to vulnerable people.
We practise responsible cleaning
For the comfort of our clients and the protection of the planet, our housekeeping teams use drycleaning equipment or stabilised ozone water, as well as eco cleaning products.
We practise sustainable gastronomy
Homemade food is by its nature eco-friendly! In all our restaurants, our Chefs and their teams prioritise low food miles by using local products, prepare them in ways which avoid waste, and use organic fruit and vegetables where available.
We economise on water and energy
Quality of life at work is one of the main preoccupations of the Airelles group. The human resources and social responsibility departments work hard to makes the day-to-day life of our teams pleasant, and to educate them on subjects such as equality and inclusion at work.
We have three objectives: to raise awareness, to educate and to train our staff around the issue of disability at work, both employees and clients. For us it isn’t taboo, but a subject of exchange and communication. Airelles champions the difference, which we consider a positive.
Some figures which we take into consideration:
We welcome clients with a disability
We strive to meet the needs of people with disabilities better
Equality between men and women
Quality of life at work
Both as a national hospitality organisation and at a local level, Airelles takes responsibility for contributing to making life better for all. Societal engagement is about creating a sense of belonging within the business, pride in it and its ethics. This is demonstrated as respect towards its employees, its stakeholders, and by paying attention to the care it affords to society at large.
A strong partnership with Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque
An involvement in local life
In conclusion, we know that the journey towards a virtuous circle is long and difficult. Airelles builds on its responsibility strategy bit by bit with practical action, and with pledges and inspiration for its clients and its employees. We have made a lot of progress, and we’ve put in place strategies to continuously evaluate and improve our performance. On this theme, our Business Responsibility committee includes several general managers. The manager of this committee has developed strategies to assure that appropriate actions are put in place and followed, and that the teams work together towards a sole objective: responsible and durable luxury.