Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At IHG, everyone is welcome to make our business their home. We invite guests and colleagues alike to join us, connect and enjoy an extraordinary world.
Our business has an open outlook
True hospitality is about joining more people together, in more places, more often, right across the world. We want to open doors, break down barriers and create meaningful difference – so you feel proud to belong here.
Our philosophy is built on more than just words and ideas. It’s supported by Diversity & Inclusion initiatives designed to create the culture we want.
For instance, our Global Diversity & Inclusion Board, together with our regional D&I Councils, work to roll-out impactful initiatives where they are needed the most. We’re also committed to increasing the diversity of our senior leaders and bringing more women into management roles. Plus, we offer inclusion training, mentoring for aspiring female general managers and D&I-focused events. Underpinning all this are clear-cut D&I policies and global Employee Networks– you can read about some of these below.
Lean in empowers women to achieve their ambitions. Members meet in small groups to learn and grow together. They also receive lasting career development opportunities via access to a mentorship programme.
Out and Open
Out & Open is for colleagues identifying as LGBTQ+ (or allies supporting LGBTQ+). The group addresses LGBTQ+-focused matters, organises activities and supports the local LGBTQ+ community.
The Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) brings together professionals who support and empower one another. The group champions the interests and development of black colleagues.
BBX is a group for Baby Boomers & GenXers who want to give back to our global team. By sharing their wealth of experience, they help colleagues develop professionally and access opportunities.
The Disability and Wellbeing Network (DAWN) provides a safe environment for colleagues to share stories of lived experience of disability. It aims to promote awareness of disability, together with a focus on wellbeing, equality and inclusion at IHG.
The Field and Virtual Employees (FAVE) group is a network for remote colleagues which which aims to create a sense of team belonging, engagement and inclusion for its members.
Hospitality Professionals Exchange (Hype) is dedicated to employees currently in the first decade of their careers. It aims to provide guidance and development opportunities to new colleagues.
Pan Asians for True Hospitality (PATH) brings together colleagues of Asian descent and those who are interested in learning more about Asian culture. PATH’s goal is to celebrate and promote the wealth of Pan Asian culture, social norms and values throughout IHG.
Somos Unidos is IHG’s Latino/Hispanic community, created to promote the cultural diversity and professional development of its members.
Rise is IHG’s mentoring programme for aspiring female General Managers, created to ensure high-potential female colleagues are given the support they need in their ambition of becoming General Manager. The programme is designed to inspire confidence, broaden networks and drive career progression.
IHG Rise Testimonials
Area General Manager, Western Australia
“Rise helps to have the conversations about the future and is a wonderful blend of life experience with professional integration to be your best self.”
Rise Mentor, US
“The most rewarding part of the Rise mentorship program for me is being given the opportunity to make a difference in someone's future. It also revealed the importance of ensuring we, as leaders, provide the necessary tools and support for our colleagues to grow and develop.”
Rise Participant, Greater China
“Participating in the Rise programme makes me feel as if I have invisible wings – it has helped me open my mind, and become more confident and calm”
Our DE&I Story
Read more about our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, including how we are working with colleagues with disabilities across the world, in our DE&I Story.
True Hospitality for everyone
What does “True Hospitality for Everyone” means to us? Respect, welcoming, distinctive, engaging, reassuring, and much more.
Celebrating difference at IHG
At IHG, celebrating difference has always been an important part of our culture.
International Women’s Day
I am really connected with how our company appreciates women and what they bring to the table.