UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, governments around the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Sustainable Development Goals


Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on World Tourism Day, 2016: Harnessing tourism’s benefits will be critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

The agenda sets out a framework to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change by 2030. The ambitious set of 17 goals and 169 associated targets, is people-centred, transformative, universal, and integrated. (Source: UNWTO)

As one of the world’s leading hotel companies, IHG embraces its responsibility and opportunity to focus on ensuring that the growth of our business contributes towards the objectives of the SDGs. We are already working to ensure that we play our part to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Our business intrinsically supports several SDGs, from reducing poverty and hunger through our economic multiplier effect, providing quality education via IHG® Academy and decent work to hundreds of thousands of colleagues globally, to combating climate change through the IHG Green Engage™ system.

The goals are connected and interlinked. However, we have identified the seven where we believe we can have the greatest impact: 

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