Unique: why IHG is introducing gender targets

This week, to mark Worldwide Ladies’s Day on March 8, 2023, HM is giving feminine leaders within the lodging business a platform to share their views on methods to assist ladies in hospitality careers.

Within the first instalment of this collection, IHG Accommodations and Resorts SVP Managing Director – JAPAC, Leanne Harwood, reveals why IHG is introducing gender targets and why she’s adamant that there received’t be any token hires.  

I’m fairly pleased with the progress we’ve made as an organization and as an business on the gender variety journey over time. 

It’s sensible to see HM and different business leaders taking the Panel Pledge, guaranteeing skilled boards like AHICE embrace gender various audio system and panel members – however even that may be a problem in itself as a result of ladies are woefully underrepresented inside the pool of high leaders and spokespeople in our business. 

In reality, as I discover myself on a extra various array of conferences, occasions and board tables throughout our business, I’m usually introduced again to earth by the realisation that the faces across the desk are nowhere close to as various. 

Even my very own management workforce is way from balanced. So continually am I reminded of this inequality that I’ve lastly been compelled to do one thing that I’d all the time promised we wouldn’t: I’ve launched gender targets in our enterprise.

What it doesn’t imply is ‘a job for the ladies’ or helicoptering unready feminine expertise into senior roles – nobody ought to ever really feel that they have been in a job resulting from their gender, I passionately consider in the most effective particular person for the job. What it does imply is constructing our pipeline of feminine expertise throughout all ranges of hospitality management, then doing every part we are able to to stem the exodus up the ranks. 

If profitable – and mark my phrases we can be – the plan, now we have in place ought to imply we’ll have created an equitable atmosphere alongside each step of the management ladder. That ought to imply we’re nearing equality within the subsequent three-to-four years, and with a change in tradition which means gender variety occurs naturally with out the necessity to swim towards the tide. 

As we have fun IWD in 2023, we should take into accout it’s not nearly sooner or later within the calendar: it’s an always-on dedication to 365 Days of Range. And, whereas it’s an exquisite alternative to cease and acknowledge our achievements, we have to recognise that there’s nonetheless a giant journey forward.