Hilton Worldwide Scores High Marks On Corporate Equality Index
Improvements in 2012 Increases Rating by 30 Points to 90
The additional points achieved by Hilton Worldwide were a result of three initiatives launched this year, including:
- The launch of the LGBT and Friends' Team Member Resource Groups across corporate offices in the U.S. One of four similar groups launched this year, the LGBT and Friends' Team Member Resource groups provide team members with similar backgrounds or interests an opportunity to come together to support and promote personal and professional growth, development needs and perspective from their unique vantage point.
- Increasing strategic alliances with LGBT organizations - Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Point Foundation and Reaching Out MBA.
- Sponsoring high-profile LGBT events and conferences, including World Pride 2012, Gay Days Orlando and the 45th anniversary of The Advocate and;
- Offering targeted packages and Hilton Honors sweepstakes for LGBT travelers and friends. StayHilton. GoOut, available at more than 140 Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Grand Vacations properties around the world through year-end, offers 10 percent off the hotel's Best Rate Available, double Hilton HHonors points, free WiFi and a free subscription to various publications such as OUT magazine. Additionally, this summer, travelers had a chance to win a seven-day, six-night trip for two, one million HHonors points and $1,000 HHonors gift card to the Hilton San Francisco Financial District to attend the 43rd Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.
"We made significant improvements this year and we're very proud of our accomplishments," said Jon Muñoz, senior director, diversity and inclusion, Hilton Worldwide. "We are excited to be listed among great companies that are equally committed to the LGBT community."
The HRC's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report, released each fall since 2002, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion. All consumer-oriented businesses are included in our "Buying for Equality" guide.
A total of 889 businesses have been rated in the 2013 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. Two-hundred ninety-three Fortune 500 companies voluntarily submitted surveys; the remaining 201 were rated based upon publicly-available data (the balance being businesses that merged, were acquired or no longer exist). In addition, 79 Fortune 1000 companies, 141 law firms and 175 other companies voluntarily participated in the 2013 CEI. Voluntary participation in the CEI has doubled since its inception. In 2002, 319 companies participated; this year 688 companies participated. View the full report at www.hrc.org/cei.
For a list of Hilton Worldwide's awards or for more information on the company's diversity programs and initiatives, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
About Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,400 properties with nearly 880,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.