13 November 2017
IHG® again recognized as a best place to work for LGBT equality
For the fourth straight year, hotel group earns 100 percent score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Corporate Equality Index
IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced today it has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth year running, and has been named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, The Americas, IHG, said: “IHG proudly promotes an environment where all our guests and colleagues feel welcome. We are grateful for this important recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and thankful for its steadfast commitment to championing diversity and inclusion for all.”
The 2018 CEI rated more than 900 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
IHG champions equality for LGBT citizens, guests and colleagues as part of our commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all. As part of the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for Equality, IHG is one of 107 major companies that have officially endorsed the bipartisan Equality Act, which would provide the same basic protections to LGBT individuals as are provided to other protected groups under federal law, in employment, housing, education and public services. Additionally, IHG has taken a leadership stance in working with legislatures at the state level, encouraging an environment that is friendly to business and welcoming to all.
IHG also continues its commitment to the advancement of the LGBT community on a local level. The IHG Out & Open Employee Resource Group spearheaded initiatives around the company’s Platinum-level sponsorship of the annual Atlanta Pride Festival, garnering support from more than 200 LGBT and ally colleagues from across Americas HQ. IHG is also a Gold Sponsor of the Georgia Diversity Council, as well as a member of the National Diversity Council, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Prospers, a partnership of business leaders committed to a prosperous Georgia that welcomes all people.
For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,300 hotels and more than 785,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.
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