In September 2013, IHG launched five-year targets, to signal our commitment to doing business responsibly and to creating shared value for our business, our owners, the environment and the local communities in which our hotels operate.
Having robust measurements in place is part of our commitment to responsible business. Below we set out progress against our 2013-2017 targets.
Consulting with our stakeholders, and working with our hotel owners and IHG Leadership Team, we will develop new and stretching targets for the organisation.
Provide skills and improved employability to people via the IHG® Academy
86% of target complete
Having exceeded the initial target of 20,000 two years early, we doubled our target to 40,000 IHG Academy participants.
Reduce carbon footprint per occupied room*
61% of target complete
We continued to make reductions in our carbon footprint in 2016 and are committed to driving significant progress to achieve our target. We will continue to leverage the IHG Green Engage system and are implementing a number of initiatives to further reduce our carbon footprint.
Reduce water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas*
66% of target complete
In 2016, we continued to reduce water use across our hotels and, with the implementation of our global water stewardship programme, we will continue to focus our efforts to reduce water use per occupied room.
*From a 2012 baseline
Track and report diversity within our supply chain
Our spend with diverse suppliers in 2016 was $59.1m.
Integrate corporate responsibility criteria into the selection and evaluation process for all preferred suppliers
All new preferred suppliers are required to sign the IHG Vendor Code of Conduct as part of the process of becoming a preferred supplier.