Human rights

IHG focuses on those areas of human rights that are most relevant to our business and we work to ensure our values are reflected consistently across our business. Our human rights policy is available in more than 40 languages.

To demonstrate our commitment to human rights we:

  • Support the protection of human rights, particularly those of our colleagues, the parties we do business with, and the communities where we operate.
  • Respect our colleagues’ rights to voluntary freedom of association under the law.
  • Provide a safe and healthy working environment
  • Do not support forced and compulsory labour or the exploitation of children.
  • Support the elimination of employment discrimination and promote diversity in the workplace.
  • Provide our colleagues with remuneration and tools for growing their careers, and take their well-being into consideration.
  • Promote fair competition and do not support corruption.
  • Conduct our business with honesty and integrity in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Develop and implement company procedures and processes to ensure we comply with this policy.

In 2014, we established a standard that requires all IHG branded hotels to adopt and display a human rights policy at the individual property level. This standard demonstrates our ongoing commitment to operating as a responsible business.

In 2015, we developed and launched a Human Rights e-learning module. Available as a resource to all hotels and colleagues, the learning module is designed to raise awareness of IHG’s human rights approach and support hotels to meet the human rights standard. By the end of 2016, more than 27,000 colleagues had completed the e-leaning module.

Throughout 2016, we continued to raise the importance of human rights and published a 10-minute trainer session. We also developed a poster for display in colleague areas to highlight the risks of modern slavery, as well as the key warning signs to watch out for and how to report concerns.

In March 2017, we published our 2016 IHG Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. To view our statement, visit

We are a signatory to the UN Global Compact aligning our operations and strategies with the 10 universal principles that include commitments to human rights and labour standards. We are part of the Business in the Community (BITC) and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) cross-industry working groups on human rights as well as the International Tourism Partnership’s Human Trafficking Working Group. We are also working with our internal procurement team to further embed our human rights approach into our contracts.