Diversity and inclusion

IHG Lean In Circle

As a global organisation operating in nearly 100 countries around the world, we recognise the importance and benefit of ensuring our workforce fully represents the communities in which we operate. At IHG, we celebrate difference and encourage diverse thinking and perspectives. And, in 2018, we’ll be launching a comprehensive strategy to further foster and grow this culture across IHG.

Created through grass root efforts from colleagues across the organisation, several employee resource groups have been launched over the past few years at IHG. Most notably, our Lean In Circles – small groups created to provide professional growth opportunities for women through mentoring, networking, outside speakers and more – have garnered great interest. Today, across all of our regions, hundreds of female colleagues have joined circles and many are also participating in mentoring programmes – helping them to step out of their comfort zones and lean in to their ambitions.

Colleagues in our Atlanta corporate office have also created groups for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) colleagues, African American, Hispanic and early-career professionals.

We are proud to have been recognised externally for our focus on diversity and look forward to building on this further over the year ahead. In 2017, we achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index in the Americas for the fourth year in a row, making IHG a best place to work for LGBTQ workplace equality. We were also listed in the 2017 Hampton-Alexander Review as one of the top 10 companies in the FTSE 100 for female representation across our Board, as well as our Executive Committees and their direct reports. Looking ahead, our CEO Keith Barr recently joined other FTSE 100 CEOs in a commitment to ensure that 30% of our senior leaders are female by 2020.