For the second consecutive year, IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has achieved the Equity MX recognition from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which evaluates the labor inclusion practices of the main companies and multinationals in Mexico and grants the certification of the same name to those that present compelling evidence on corporate policies, practices and benefits, focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
Inclusive workplaces increase employee engagement and productivity, help remove social stigmas, reduce unconscious biases, improve results, and help attract and retain talent. With Millennials and Generation Z making up 51% of the workforce in Latin America*, an inclusive corporate culture is a priority, as 1 in 6 adults belonging to Generation Z identify as LGBTQ+.
Journey to Tomorrow is the name of the current corporate and social responsibility strategy of IHG Hotels & Resorts, which includes within its commitments, promoting and defending a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper. Its commitments in social matters towards 2030 include:
Drive for gender balance and double the number of executives from underrepresented groups in your leadership
Cultivate an inclusive culture for your colleagues, owners and vendors
Support all colleagues in putting their well-being and the well-being of others
first Drive respect and promote mutual human rights
Jorge Apaez, Chief Operating Officer for IHG in Mexico Latin America and the Caribbean, said: "Ensuring safe spaces for our associates and guests is important to us and essential in fulfilling our promise to provide genuine hospitality, always. At IHG, everyone they are welcome to be themselves and we are focused on being an attractive employer to an increasingly diverse set of people.”
Mauricio Orenday, Senior Corporate Communications Manager for IHG in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean and leader of the LGBTQ+ affinity group “Out & Open” in the same region, added: “For a company of our scale and influence, it is important to reflect the world in which we operate. We are proud to repeat this 2023 as an HRC certified company in Mexico, because it speaks to the consistency and progress we have made in the region and the success of our local Diversity and Inclusion strategy."
IHG has more than 6,000 hotels in 100 countries and corporate offices around the world; working across all its locations and with one voice, to create a sense of belonging, accommodating a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Your colleagues represent multiple nationalities, cultures, religions, races, sexualities, origins, and beliefs. It is also a signatory to the UN LGBTI Standards for Business, which focus on addressing discrimination against people of sexual diversity.
HRC is the educational arm of the largest civil rights organization in the United States of America, working to achieve equality for LGBTQ people and a world in which they are accepted as full members in all areas of society.