Human rights

As part of our culture of responsible business, we’re committed to complying with the laws and regulations of all the countries and jurisdictions in which we operate and 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.

In 2014, we established a standard which requires all IHG® branded hotels to adopt and display a human rights policy at the individual property level. This standard demonstrates our ongoing commitment to operating as a responsible business.

In 2015, we developed and launched a Human Rights e-learning module. The learning module is available to all hotels and colleagues and is designed to raise awareness of our human rights approach and support hotels to meet the human rights standard. In addition, we delivered a number of human rights training sessions for our hotel leaders.

We are working to raise further awareness of our human rights approach in our hotels through embedding our human rights standard and will continue to develop our training materials. 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 in the Community (BiTC) and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) cross industry working groups on human rights as well as the International Tourism Partnership's Human Trafficking Working Group. We are also working with our internal procurement team to further embed our human rights approach into our contracts.