Accor Pacific appoints new sustainability chief

David Young is chief sustainability officer and director of ESG for Accor Pacific.

Accor has appointed David Young as chief sustainability officer and director of ESG for Accor Pacific.

Prior to joining Accor, Young worked with the oneworld alliance as global program director sustainability and was previously the executive manager of sustainability and ESG at the Qantas Group.

Accor Pacific CEO Sarah Derry said Young would lead the implementation of Accor’s ESG and sustainability agenda across its 400 hotels, apartments and resorts in the region.

“Sustainability is redefining Accor’s business model and shaping a new way of traveling,” she said.

“We are pursuing an integrated business approach in the way we manage our ESG activities and our interactions with our people, guests, suppliers, partners, clients and communities.

“David is a subject matter expert with strong leadership skills, his vision for sustainability will make an outsize impact.”

Accor Pacific recently entered into a strategic partnership with Ecotourism Australia to certify all Accor hotels, apartments and resorts across Australia and the Pacific as Sustainable Tourism certified businesses.

“We’re at our best when we are supported by a positive culture and a strong team, and the support for sustainability at Accor is extraordinary,” said Young.

“There is so much opportunity to make a difference in our industry.”