UN Sustainable Development Goals

Our approach to responsible business means we can grow our business in a sustainable way, and make the greatest contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals


“2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, has been a unique opportunity for all of us to come together to promote the contribution of tourism to shape a better future for people and planet and to contribute to making this world a better place.”

Taleb Rifai Former Secretary-General, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

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 are people-centred, transformative, universal, and integrated.

We are already working to ensure that we play our part to address some of the world’s biggest challenges and ensure the long-term sustainability and success of our business. Our business supports several SDGs, from reducing poverty and hunger through our economic multiplier effect, to providing quality education via our IHG Academy and decent work to hundreds of thousands of colleagues globally, and 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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