Diversity and equality

We are committed to promoting diversity and equality, protecting labour rights and ensuring employee well-being.

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With brands, employees, guests and owners all around the globe, IHG enjoys a rich diversity in our business. One of our Winning Ways, Celebrate Difference, highlights our belief in, and commitment to, creating a welcoming environment for our guests and employees.

We believe in diversity and inclusion across all aspects of our business, and reducing inequalities is embedded within our strategy and commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We create the right working environments and business relationships, and encourage a culture where everyone feels valued and accepted. This includes our employees, our guests, hotel ownership, strategic sourcing relationships, recruitment, community relations, franchising and marketing partnerships.

We recruit and promote individuals solely on the basis of their suitability for the job and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status or disability unrelated to the role. In 2016, we were once again recognised in the United States by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2017 Corporate Equality Index by achieving a 100% score.

Development and training programmes, including for leadership and management, are accessible throughout IHG.

We are making continued progress in attracting and retaining female leaders. The Hampton-Alexander review recently listed IHG in the Top 20 of the FTSE 100 for female representation combined across Executive Committees and Direct Reports.

As at 31 December 2016:

  • Three of the nine Directors on the Board are female (33%), however, following the appointment of Malina Ngai on 1 March 2017, four of the 10 Directors on the Board will be female (40 %);
  • 34 out of the 128 senior managers employed by the Group (including directors of the subsidiaries) were female (27%);
  • 6,890 out of the 12,021 people employed by the Group and whose costs were borne by the Group or the System Fund are female (57%).

We have focused on building voluntary, employee-led resource groups across the organisation to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. These groups comprise of individuals who share common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors such as gender, race or ethnicity, and as such the following groups have been established in the business: Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) and IHG Out and Open, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LGBTA) Employee Resource Group. Both are sponsored by senior leaders in the business.