Hyatt continues to earn 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign
Foundation’s annual scorecard on LGBT workplace equality since 2005
Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced that since 2005, Hyatt
has earned 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national
benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices
related to LGBT workplace equality, administered annually by the Human
Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). HRC is America’s largest civil rights
organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
“As a company committed to diversity & inclusion for all, we celebrate
this recognition with our colleagues and our guests around the world,”
said Robb Webb, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
“We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary colleagues who bring our
culture and brands to life – by promoting individuality, our colleagues
can be themselves and provide the most authentic hospitality experience
to our guests. We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights
Campaign for achieving 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index,
which is a testament to our continued commitment to building and
sustaining an inclusive culture where all our colleagues are embraced
and valued for who they are.”
Hyatt’s 100 percent rating includes perfect marks for the company’s
protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
identity or expression; benefits programs for LGBT colleagues including
equivalent spousal and partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health
insurance coverage; diversity and inclusion training; and public
commitment to the LGBT community.
“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses
responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional
leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director
Deena Fidas. “Hyatt not only meets these standards, it goes above and
beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental
aspect of its corporate values.”
Hyatt has obtained a 100 percent ranking on HRC’s CEI Index every year
since 2005. Most recently, Hyatt was honored with the Corporate Equality
Award for the company’s continued commitment to an inclusive environment
where LGBT colleagues are embraced and feel valued for who they are.
For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to
download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
Hyatt’s Legacy of Equality in the Workplace
Hyatt was the first major hospitality company to offer domestic partner
benefits, including changes to bereavement policies, which created
FMLA-like benefits for domestic partners not required under federal law
at the time. Hyatt has also included sexual orientation in its Equal
Employment Opportunity policy since 2000 and added gender identity in
2002. In 2012, Hyatt made a statement in support of the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Over the years, Hyatt has worked with various LGBT organizations,
including the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Out & Equal, among
HyPride, an employee business resource group at Hyatt for members and
supporters of the LGBT community, gives all Hyatt colleagues the
opportunity to have a voice within the company and fosters a welcoming
environment. Hyatt has more than 30 HyPride chapters throughout the U.S.
and continues to expand chapters globally.
Supporter of the Equality Act
Hyatt’s approach to embracing diversity and supporting inclusion has led
the company to endorse the recently introduced Equality Act, a landmark
federal bill that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for
LGBT people from discrimination in many of the most important aspects of
The Equality Act would provide basic protections against discrimination
based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, access to
public spaces, housing, education, jury service, credit, and federal
“As a company that cares for people to be their best, Hyatt supports
diversity and inclusion for all,” continued Webb.
For more information on Hyatt’s Diversity & Inclusion initiatives,
please visit thrive.hyatt.com.
The term “Hyatt” is used herein for convenience to refer to Hyatt
Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global
hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more
than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a
difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by
providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries develop,
own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels,
resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including
under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt
Centric™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt
House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™,
Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand
names and have locations on six continents. As of September 30, 2015,
the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 627 properties in 52
countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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