15 October 2019

IHG’s second annual Giving for Good month sets new record as 160,000 colleagues give back to communities

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Dedicated month of giving sees overwhelming response from IHG colleagues giving back to communities and causes as part of flagship programme, True Hospitality for Good

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) has today announced that 160,000 colleagues from its hotels and corporate offices in 88 countries around the world took part in its second annual Giving for Good month, which is dedicated to making a positive difference to communities.

For each IHG colleague that took part, IHG contributed funds totalling $400,000 to charitable organisations supporting four causes important to IHG in the areas of water and sanitation; waste reduction; hospitality skills building; and disaster relief.

Making a positive local difference on a global scale

During the month of September, IHG colleagues were invited to come together and give back through activities focused on volunteering; making a positive difference to the environment; or organising an activity focused on health, fitness and wellbeing; and Giving for Good month 2019 was once again a truly global effort.

Tens of thousands of colleague activities took place around the world. These included beach clean-ups in Thailand, charity concerts in China, reforestation in Mexico, a hospitality work shadowing day in Dubai, food harvests in the US, and hot meals for the homeless in Germany. Together, over the course of the month, IHG colleagues achieved:

  • 188,113 hours of volunteering
  • 46,571 acts of care for the environment
  • 33,566 donations of food and belongings
  • 5,741 blood donations

Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: “For the second year in a row I’ve been blown away by the incredible efforts of thousands of IHG colleagues who came together to make a positive difference all around the world. Every day, our hotels and teams give back to the communities of which they’re such a big part - it’s what our purpose of providing True Hospitality for everyone is all about. I’m incredibly proud of how our colleagues got involved during this dedicated month of giving, which has such a real and meaningful impact.”

More than 5,700 colleagues around the world donated blood, including at Hotel Indigo® Bangkok Wireless Road, Thailand.

Colleagues from our Shanghai hotels came together with our Greater China corporate office to volunteer at NPI Shanghai, an organisation supporting the elderly and children with learning disabilities.

Teams at our Americas corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia, US, supported United Way of Greater Atlanta by building career-readiness kits for students going into work.

IHG hotels and teams across New York City volunteered and served breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House New York, an organisation that provides temporary housing for young cancer patients and their families.

Holiday Inn® Sydney Airport, Australia, invited IHG hotels across the city to visit its resident food truck, with the purpose of raising money for food rescue charity, OzHarvest.

InterContinental® Dusseldorf volunteered at the Gute Nacht Bus project, aimed at supporting the vulnerable and homeless on the city’s streets.


True Hospitality for Good
Launched in 2018, True Hospitality for Good is IHG’s flagship programme for communities and charitable giving, which works with partners to help change lives for the better through building skills and education in hospitality, and supporting communities when disasters strike. Giving for Good month is a part of True Hospitality for Good and provides thousands of IHG colleagues around the world with the chance to give back to communities.


For further information please contact:

Tieran Bhuhi
+44 (0) 7976 178 485

About IHG®

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels ®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™ Hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.


IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,700 hotels and nearly 856,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 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 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.


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About IHG and its communities

With more than 5,700 hotels in over 100 countries, IHG is proud to be at the heart of local communities and has a long history of making a positive difference to others.

  • Since 2006, the IHG® Academy has worked with academic partners in local communities to offer work experience in hotels or corporate offices. The programme's aim is to help develop a pool of skilled, motivated and engaged people capable of providing the great experiences guests expect in IHG-branded hotels.
  • IHG has a proud history of supporting communities and colleagues when disasters strike, and this includes working closely with NGO partners to provide a consistent response when its hotels and offices are impacted by crises and disasters. In 2018, IHG responded to 12 natural disasters in 10 locations across size countries.

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