Human rights

We recognise the importance of educating colleagues on human rights issues, including the risk of modern slavery. IHG focuses on areas of human rights that are most relevant to our business and we work to ensure our values are reflected consistently across our business. Our human rights policy is available in more than 40 languages.

To demonstrate our commitment to human rights we:

  • Support the protection of human rights, particularly those of our colleagues, the parties we do business with, and the communities where we operate.
  • Respect our colleagues’ rights to voluntary freedom of association under the law.
  • Provide a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Do not support forced and compulsory labour or the exploitation of children.
  • Support the elimination of employment discrimination and promote diversity in the workplace.
  • Provide our colleagues with remuneration and tools for growing their careers, and take their well-being into consideration.
  • Promote fair competition and do not support corruption.
  • Conduct our business with honesty and integrity in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Develop and implement company procedures and processes to ensure we comply with this policy.

We have a brand standard in place that requires all IHG hotels to adopt and display a human rights policy and make colleagues aware of this annually. In addition, we have developed a human rights e-learning module available to all hotels. This is designed to raise awareness of IHG’s human rights approach and support hotels to meet the human rights standard as well as providing additional information on topics such as modern slavery. By the end of 2017, more than 40,000 colleagues had completed the e-leaning module.

We are a signatory to the UN Global Compact, aligning our operations and strategies with the 10 universal principles that include commitments to human rights and labour standards. We are part of the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) cross-industry working group on human rights as well as the International Tourism Partnership’s Human Rights Working Group. We are also working to further embed our human rights approach into our supplier contracts.

Human rights training

We are committed to training colleagues in hotels and corporate offices around the world. In 2017, we held a series of webinars with Human Resources Directors in our hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa. The interactive sessions provided colleagues with advice on the signs to identify human rights abuses, and provided information on the suite of IHG training materials on human rights and modern slavery.