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Chief Executive Officer’s review

Richard Solomons

“Doing business responsibly is integral  to life at IHG and is a guiding principle to how all our colleagues around the world behave on a daily basis. What’s more, we capitalise on our scale to make a positive impact on the environment and communities we touch across our more than 5,000 hotels globally.”

Richard Solomons
Chief Executive Officer

Our 2015 Responsible Business Report highlights some of our key milestones and achievements during the course of the year, which included:

  • Celebrating 10 years of the IHG Academy. From its beginnings in China, there are now more than 1,200 IHG Academy programmes in 68 countries, which provided skills and training to more than 9,200 participants in 2015.
  • Responding to 27 disasters in 17 countries including our biggest ever contribution to support relief work following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.
  • Implementing over 34,000 Green Solutions through the IHG Green Engage system to reduce the environmental impact of our hotels.
  • Over 120,000 responsible business e-Learning modules completed.
  • Developing and launching a Human Rights e-learning module available to all hotels and colleagues.
  • Global roll-out of IHG Marketplace, a hotel procurement platform, which incorporates the vendor Code of Conduct as well as responsible business criteria.

In February 2016, we were delighted to announce the launch of the IHG Foundation and its five initial grant recipients. The Foundation represents an evolution of our commitment to responsible business practices. It will ensure that we can expand our reach even further, beyond our hotels, and use the power of hospitality to set the foundations for stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities around the world.

Finally, I would like to thank our owners, colleagues and other partners for their ongoing support and for helping to ensure that IHG continues to put responsible business practices at the heart of everything we do. I am proud of our commitment to doing things the right way, and of our work to help make communities around the world better places to be for all.

Signature of Richard Solomons

Richard Solomons
Chief Executive Officer

Last updated 3 March 2016

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