InterContinental launches IHG Foundation

Initial beneficiaries include CARE International UK, Goodwill Industries International, Youth Career Initiative, British Red Cross and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

IHG has added another arm to its CSR initiatives.
IHG has added another arm to its CSR initiatives.

InterContinental Hotels Group has launched the IHG Foundation, alongside details of its first beneficiaries.

The IHG Foundation will run as an independent charity, and focus its activities on four key areas – helping communities to develop skills in hospitality, providing support for those impacted by disasters, facilitating local community investment and protecting the environment.

Initial beneficiaries include CARE International UK, Goodwill Industries International, Youth Career Initiative, British Red Cross and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

The IHG Foundation will build on the positive impact the company has driven through its corporate responsibility initiatives over a number of years.

These include the IHG Academy programme, a global collaboration between IHG hotels, local education providers and community organisations, which offers education and skills training in hospitality to local people.

IHG Academy celebrated its 10th year in 2015 and now has more than 1200 programmes operating in 68 countries.

Whereas IHG’s group-wide sustainability programme, IHG Green Engage system continues to help hotels track, measure and report their carbon footprint, energy and water consumption. It became a global brand standard in 2015.

IHG Academy and the IHG Green Engage system will continue to be delivered in IHG’s hotels. Disaster relief activity previously activated through IHG Shelter in a Storm will be incorporated into the IHG Foundation, to provide assistance to communities impacted by disasters on a broader scale.

IHG chief executive officer Richard Solomons commented: “We have a long-standing commitment to responsible business practices, which underpin our strategy and are brought to life through our leading corporate responsibility initiatives – IHG Academy, IHG Green Engage and IHG Shelter in a Storm.

“We are proud to launch the IHG Foundation as the latest evolution of this and are delighted by the diverse nature of its first grant recipients. They provide a powerful early sign of the positive impact the foundation will deliver, helping to set the foundations for stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities around the world.”

Meanwhile, IHG’s disaster relief programme, IHG Shelter in a Storm, has responded to 66 disasters in 26 countries since its launch in 2011, contributing both monetary donations and in-kind support to impacted communities around the world.

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