InterContinental in Lhasa trouble
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has come under fire from Free Tibet for failing to provide evidence that it conducted human rights due diligence before starting work on a new hotel in Lhasa.
The report, entitled 'Part of the DNA?' published by Free Tibet in May 2014, said that among other things "IHG has provided no indication that it will take effective steps to protect the human rights of its employees ... no indication that it will take effective steps to monitor the impact of the hotel on the local community after it has opened ... [and] no information about its anti-corruption measures regarding the conduct of business partners."
InterContinental has been the target of an international campaign by Tibet support groups since it first announced plans for its Lhasa hotel in 2010.
The company describes corporate responsibility as part of its DNA, but Free Tibet said that, in declining to provide information about these and other issues, "IHG has acted in contravention of the principles of transparency and stakeholder engagement embedded in international corporate responsibility standards".
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