Here at Akommo, forming part of our Barcelona community is of the highest importance. But we also work hard to foster diversity, eco-friendly habits and awareness about the society's impact on our planet and environment. Our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has grown over the years in many ways through our involvement in various Barcelona social projects and through the implementation of ethical standards and behaviour. Choosing Akommo as your corporate accommodation and venue provider implies that you support and share the same outward-focused values and ethics.
By incorporating CSR into our company strategy and policies, our objective and mission is to positively impact the event industry by showing that corporate events can also be socially responsible. We understand what it's like to be a small organisation, and we understand the limitations that they face. But, when all of us make small changes together, we will have a bigger impact and make the world a better place for everyone. We aim to support small and local organisations by inspiring as many companies as possible to get involved in their communities too. We're dedicated to making the event industry more socially responsible, more inspirational, and more enjoyable.
Akommo strives to be Europe’s most enjoyable corporate event company and this implies many different factors. We work on specific details, from choosing ethical, trustworthy and reliable partners, to selecting accommodation and venues where standards are respected. We have also developped a green commitment and work on reducing our ecological footprint by also sharing good practices.
We care and highly understand the impact of consumption on our environment and do our best to minimise it on a daily basis.
We are dedicated to creating a brand that aligns with our core values, moral principles and beliefs. The foundation of the Akommo brand is based on transparency and awareness of both our client's and our community's needs, and an unyielding commitment to quality service.
Over the past 10 years, we've created an open, tolerant, and accepting office culture, filled with beautiful people who share these values. Our team is multicultural, made up of women, men and a dog. We promote diversity and non discriminatory recruitment. This year, we also participated in the Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Save the Children.
Making the corporate event industry more enjoyable, starts with building a respectful, fun and genuine office environment.
To get involved in our city this year, we have chosen to sponsor the Magic Line Sant Joan de Déu for a second time! As we are based in Barcelona, it's important for us to collaborate with local organisations that share similar values.
The Magic Line is a community movement in support of people who are in vulnerable situation. It features a non-competitive walk of solidarity, where teams need to reach an economic goal in order to participate. The funds raised will support different housing, employment and health programs helping sick children, people with mental disorders or disabilities and people facing homelessness.
We work closely with the Magic Line team, and to support them this year, we've donated countless hours to help translate their website from Spanish and Catalan, to English. By providing these services, we're allowing them to reach a larger audience, raise greater awareness of their organisation, and ultimately, raise more financial support.
Magic Line works hard to defend those who cannot defend themselves, and we wholeheartedly believe in their cause. If you'd like to join us in supporting the Sant Joan de Déu, click below to help us raise money for our annual 10km walk.
Since 2018, Akommo has been the Official Accommodation Provider for the student-run Doing Good Doing Well conference at IESE Business School.
We strongly commit to empowering young, motivated entrepreneurs, as the Akommo story had a similar beginning. The IESE Doing Good Doing Well (DGDW) Conference is completely organised and run by students. By providing them with accommodation, transfers, and private event venue finding services in Barcelona, they can focus on the details of their conference.
The focus of this conference is based on an inspiring and unique theme every year. This year, DGDW will focus in on Unlocking the lifesaving, moneymaking potential of the Sustainable Development Goals. The panels will include debates about: Employment in the Age of Automation and Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change and Recycling, Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition in an Age of Scarcity, and many more.
Akommo is happy to support and sponsor the bright students of IESE in their endeavors!
To get more information about this event and how you can get involved, click to see the conference details.
Each of our team members are involved within their own community. We do our best to spread the humanistic and sustainable development movement. Because the social and environmental commitment we have goes beyond the Akommo office.
Jason: Plays on a local basketball team and is a parent volunteer at his son's school.
Julie: Barcelona Amnesty International Group Coordinator, runner in the Carrera de la Mujer, raising funds in the fight against breast cancer.
Richard: Captain of a local football team in an expat league in Barcelona and growing plants like no one else with his green heart.
Eileen: Collaborates with an orphanage in Ghana, participant in the basketball league Tot Basquet.
David: Collaborated as a volunteer in many local sporting events in his Girona hometown, and donates to NGO like Greenpace periodically.
Matyas: Co-Creator of The Helping Network and constantly minimising his carbon footprint.
Sabina: Raised funds for Mind the mental health charity in the UK by organising a series of wellness events.
In 2020, we started collaborating with the Professional Women Network (PWN) in Barcelona - a not for profit local organisation with a mission to advance gender balanced leadership in Barcelona and beyond, a core value we share and promote within our company.
One of the main goals of PWN is to create a positive change in the workplace where diversity and inclusion are key for a happier society overall.
At both Akommo & PWN, we believe decision making, economic sustainability and a more balanced society exists when 100% of the talent is used in the workplace independently of the gender.
Akommo and PWN have been working together to plan, organise and deliver the PWN events programmes, including networking, continued professional development events, instructive webinars and mentoring programmes. The role of the organisation also focuses on connecting members, establishing collaborations with other companies, linking speakers and leaders across different industries, and creating partnership projects and business initiatives here in Barcelona.
Connection, Community and Change are core values of PWN. It’s important for the Akommo team to be part of PWN as we support local and small businesses and foster innovation. Moreover, at Akommo, we promote Gender Equality and work on empowering all women for an inclusive society.
In 2019, the Akommo team voted for sustainability to be at the centre of the company vision and mission. We started an “Energy Audit” to assess where and how we use electricity, so in the long-run we can replace it with a 100% renewable energy provider.
We use LED and Fluorescent lighting, lasting 10 times longer and using 75% less energy. We keep a balanced temperature in the office by controlling the heater and air conditioning, thus avoiding energy waste. We turn off and unplug every piece of technology when not in use and maximise the use of natural sunlight. Old furniture and outdated technology are sold, given to friends and associations or recycled.
We’re not printing unless absolutely necessary and using only recycled paper. We have banned the single-use paper or plastic cups, plates and cutlery, and we only use our ecological mugs and ceramic plates. We strictly separate waste into 5 different bins and to maximise recycling, we’ve joined the Tassimo capsule recycling programme.
To commute, our team makes an effort to walk, bike or take public transportation. We’re only flying when necessary for client site visits and events to minimise our carbon footprint.
Akommo is committed to sharing sustainable event practices with clients and partners in order to expand these green processes to the entire MICE community and reach the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.