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Corporate Equality Index Includes IHG, Wyndham, Choice, Others

IHG colleagues at Atlanta Pride Festival

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. In the 2020 CEI report, 686 major businesses—spanning nearly every industry and geography—earned a top score of 100 and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” Hospitality companies earning a top score are IHG, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Choice Hotels International, Hilton, Marriott International Inc., MGM Resorts International, The Walt Disney Co., and Wyndham Destinations.

Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, IHG, said: “As a company with more than 3,800 hotels in the U.S. alone, we know we have massive potential to drive positive change in the communities where we operate by embracing our different backgrounds, and celebrating the core values that bring us together. At IHG, it is this inclusivity that has created an empowering sense of belonging among our colleagues. We applaud the efforts of all organizations working to promote LGBTQ workplace equality and commend the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for its continued leadership in championing these important initiatives.”

“At Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, we are committed to creating an inclusive work culture where all of our team members can thrive,” says Mary Falvey, Chief Administrative Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “This recognition highlights our dedication to recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of our guests, owners and communities around the world.”

The 2020 Corporate Equality Index gives points to companies in nine categories, with the potential for 100 points. Two examples of categories: prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation for all operations, and employee group or diversity council. The entire list of categories is included in the report.