Les Collectionneurs join the #JamaisSansElles movement

Press release
Paris, March 9, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day, les Collectionneurs invited the women of their community to the place Éléphant Paname on Monday, 9 March 2020. On the programme? A round table chaired by journalist, Catherine Roig, on the conditions of virtuous gender diversity in hotel-restaurant professions, the official signing of the #JamaisSansElles Charter of Commitments by 10 members of the Executive Committee of les Collectionneurs, and a meeting with the community’s women ambassadors over an enjoyable cocktail lunch. For this event les Collectionneurs brought in two partners, the Duval-Leroy champagne house, a pioneer in promoting women in champagne and Bragard, a workwear specialist, equally committed to women.

Together for enhanced hospitality

The morning kicked off with a round table of talented women, each of whom has a different function: Inès Abdoun, Chef-Sommelier at the Manoir de la Boulaie, Maria Canabal, Founding President of Parabere Forum, Carol Duval-Leroy, CEO of the Duval-Leroy champagne house, Anne Filliette-Neuville, Owner and Director of the Château d’Étoges, Jessica Préalpato, Pastry Chef at Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Plaza Athénée and nominated “World’s Best Pastry Chef” in 2019 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and Nadia Sammut, Executive Chef at the Auberge La Fenière. Together, they shared their experiences, touched on their day-to-day lives and engaged in an exchange on the evolution of women in their sector in the hope of inspiring future generations. “According to a study by Parabere Forum, 55% of students in culinary schools are women but only 18% of chefs are women,” commented Catherine Roig. This reality must change.

Les Collectionneurs have, therefore, decided to commit to raising awareness amongst hotel-restaurant stakeholders and, in this way, to encourage this reality to evolve. “I will do my bit. Because this subject is very important to me. I want our brand – les Collectionneurs – to be irreproachable in this field and in others,” declared Alain Ducasse, President of the brand. The 10 members of the Executive Committee have, therefore, officially signed the #JamaisSansElles Charter. “Through this Charter, we commit to continuing to strengthen gender diversity and equality within our teams at head office,” confided Carole Pourchet, General Manager of les Collectionneurs. The goal of this made-to-measure Charter is to encourage to work together and change the rules of the game in the hotel-restaurant sector.

Consequently, les Collectionneurs are committed internally to:

  • Moving towards parity in the existing committees (steering committee, restaurateurs committee, hoteliers committee, travellers committee, management team).
  • Stepping up measures relating to parenthood, encouraging self-esteem and self-worth, and measures to ensure equal pay.

And externally to:

  • No longer participating in events with more than 3 speakers that do not include any women in public speaking engagements or in-house events.
  • Ensuring gender diversity at events for which les Collectionneurs extend an invitation to members of the community.
  • Conveying an image of equality, diversity and inclusion in its different communication activities.
  • Promoting gender diversity in restaurant and hotel occupations (through its JobHospitality subsidiary) in its interactions with people in primary, secondary and higher education establishments.

“To take this even further and launch a movement in our sector, we are committed to doing everything in our power to widen the circle of signatories to include members of the community,” emphasised Xavier Alberti, CEO of les Collectionneurs. “We must ensure the promotion of female talents in our sector,” he adds.

“We are particularly delighted and proud to welcome les Collectionneurs into our movement, one of whose founding members is Xavier Alberti who is also CEO of les Collectionneurs. We know that les Collectionneurs will do everything in its power to secure full recognition for women in this important sector of the French economy and will help to shatter the infamous glass ceiling. If France wishes to maintain its position of excellence in this area, it must also be exemplary when it comes to gender equality in the hotel, restaurant and tourism sector. Shared common values is what drives our actions and we believe them to be universal: #JamaisSansElles feminism is humanism,” concluded Tatiana F-Salomon, Co-President of the #JamaisSansElles Association.

About les Collectionneurs
Les Collectionneurs, chaired by Alain Ducasse, bring together restaurants, hotels and travellers with a taste for travel. Curiosity, exacting standards and generosity are the shared values on which the community is founded. In 2020, 585 addresses of restaurants and hotels in Europe, run by professionals who listen attentively to travellers, were selected by les Collectionneurs. To exchange, discover and suggest new addresses, les Collectionneurs come together on lescollectionneurs.com.
Press Contacts : Laure Peybernes / Théa Malaquin – 01 78 94 78 51/36 – presse@lescollectionneurs.com

About #JamaisSansElles
Founded by male and female business leaders and key figures from the digital world united around Tatiana F-Salomon, Natacha Quester-Séméon, Laurence Parisot, Guy Mamou-Mani and Xavier Alberti, the association promotes gender diversity across all sectors of society.

#JamaisSansElles proposes concrete actions to promote equal participation and visibility for women in decision-making structures and positions with high-level responsibilities and representative roles. The association is developing charters in partnership with businesses and governance stakeholders, and is working in the education sector to combat gender stereotypes, with the support of the French Ministry of National Education and Youth.

320 male and female leaders have made individual commitments with #JamaisSansElles: executives, politicians, ministers from several countries (France, Germany, Denmark), French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French members of parliament and ambassadors, NGOs and major corporations. Male signatories make a commitment to never take part in events that are not gender diverse.

#JamaisSansElles is heading up the French delegation for Women 20, a G20 engagement group.

Shared very widely on social media (over 250,000 mentions), #JamaisSansElles is the fourth most significant hashtag of a collective movement since 2015 on Twitter in France (source: Ifop Opinion/FlashTweet).


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