Atlanta: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is proud to announce it has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. This is the second consecutive year that IHG has received top marks and has been named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, The Americas, IHG said: “At IHG, we are delighted to be honored for our inclusive policies and recognized as a champion of diversity. Our top marks underscore our commitment to promote a culture of inclusion for our guests and employees and encourage us to continually strive to be a supportive force within the communities in which we operate.”
The CEI evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, LGBT competency programs, public commitment to LGBT equality and responsible citizenship. IHG earned the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” as a result of its efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria.
Deena Fidas, Workplace Equality Program Director, HRC Foundation said: “In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. IHG not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”
IHG has a history of supporting LGBT equality, including marriage equality, the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as well as the campaign to enact the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which codifies in U.S. law a set of policies that IHG currently abides by as a company. With its U.S. headquarters based in Atlanta, IHG has also been dedicated to the advancement of the LGBT community on a local level by sponsoring Atlanta Pride and supporting the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
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