Upscale Hong Kong hotel offers medical coverage to same-sex partners of its associatesOnline Only, Section 4A, Top Highlights Friday, September 29th, 2017
HONG KONG — Upscale Hong Kong hotel Hotel ICON announced today that it is offering medical insurance coverage to legally recognized same-sex partners of its associates.
By offering medical benefits to the married spouses of the same gender, the hotel continues to promote their inclusive and equitable company culture. “At Hotel ICON, we always go the extra mile to ensure that we are going to be fair and consistent for all of our associates,” said Richard Hatter, general manager of Hotel ICON.
The policy took effect earlier this month and the spouses have to be legally married (in countries that legalize same-sex marriages) to be eligible for the medical benefits.
Hotel ICON is very committed to its diversity and inclusion program. For example, the hotel also reaches out into the community by being the hotel sponsor for events such as Pink Dot and the Pride Parade. Hotel ICON is also the venue sponsor of many diversity and inclusion events such as the career expo for disabled students and the LGBT + Index Award.
Dec. 12, Hotel ICON will organize and host the first ever Diversity and Inclusion conference for the hospitality industry to raise awareness and share knowledge about the best practices and actionable tools for implementing a D&I strategy that will build positive change in one’s workplace. “The hospitality industry perhaps has one of the most diverse customer bases in the world. Almost everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, or religion, has stayed or will stay in a hotel. Hence, at our upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Conference, we look forward to bringing together executives and leaders to develop effective strategies to increase corporate social responsibility, enhance minority access, improve education, and foster cross-cultural understanding within the hospitality industry”.
As part of Hotel ICON’s mission to nurture the next generation of hospitality leaders, the development of interpersonal relationships, active listening and associate engagement at every level and throughout every operation is key. Throughout the year Hotel ICON holds a number of social activities under the theme of “We Love to Care” to bring the teams together; dragon boat racing, singing contests, family days, massage days and many more. These work alongside a range of CSR activities including a Going Green programme, to reinforce the company values and to create a happier and more engaged team who cares about their roles.
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