Industry Update
Press Release 4 February 2020

IHG® Named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for Sixth Straight Year

Company Celebrates Another Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Corporate Equality Index

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies, has earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and been recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for the sixth year in a row.

The Index is viewed as a significant endorsement of a company's efforts to promote LGBTQ equality in the workplace, with this year's report rating more than 1,000 companies across the U.S. for their non-discrimination policies; employment benefits; demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion; public commitment to LGBTQ equality; and responsible citizenship.


Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, IHG, said: "As a company with more than 3,800 hotels in the U.S. alone, we know we have massive potential to drive positive change in the communities where we operate by embracing our different backgrounds, and celebrating the core values that bring us together. At IHG, it is this inclusivity that has created an empowering sense of belonging among our colleagues."

"We applaud the efforts of all organizations working to promote LGBTQ workplace equality and commend the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its continued leadership in championing these important initiatives."

IHG has hotels and corporate offices in more than 100 countries, with colleagues representing multiple nationalities, cultures, religions, races, sexualities, backgrounds and beliefs. The company continues to build on its culture of inclusion through key initiatives in the U.S. and around the world:

  • Complementing the efforts of its CEO-led Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, in 2019, IHG established Regional Diversity & Inclusion Boards that oversee and champion delivery of the company's D&I strategy, to ensure D&I programs and initiatives resonate locally.
  • Employee Networks, such as IHG Out & Open, continue to provide colleagues with a forum to get involved in LGBTQ-focused conversations and activities throughout the year, and there are plans to expand Network chapters to additional hotels and offices in 2020.
  • Mandatory unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training is being implemented for all corporate colleagues and general managers across the Americas region in 2020.
  • IHG continues to engage with national and local organizations that provide ongoing support for the LGBTQ community as a corporate partner and board member of the National Diversity Council; Rainbow-level sponsor of the annual Atlanta Pride Festival; and Gold-level sponsor of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index, and to download the full report, visit

About IHG Hotels & Resorts

IHG Hotels & Resorts is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels ®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites®, Atwell Suites and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns nearly 5,800 hotels and approximately 865,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally.

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