Worldwide: Luxury hotel brand Viceroy Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (O&E) to provide LGBTQ+ leadership development and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) training.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is a non-profit organisation working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
The partnership will enable Viceroy’s human resources team to have access to O&E’s global hub – a virtual education and engagement centre focussed on LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion.
Viceroy has also created a LGBTQ+ travel advisory board to support inclusivity across the company’s hotels and resorts. The board consists of:
• Beatrice Mercado, co-president, Bennett + Mercado Hospitality
• George Carrancho, managing director, First in Service Travel
• Jason Couvillion, owner, Bruvion Travel
• John Manelski, co-founder, InluxuriaTravel
• Sarah Lee, co-founder, Modern Family Travels
• Vikram Seshadri, luxury travel advisor, Global Travel Collection
In 2023, Viceroy intends to implement enhanced DE&I initiatives such as rolling out refreshed Service Philosophy Standards and partnering each hotel with a local community organisation for volunteer engagement opportunities.
Bill Walshe, CEO at Viceroy, said: “Viceroy is passionately committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, both in the workplace and as a tentpole of our hospitality ethos. Our partnership with Out & Equal further cements the brand’s intentions to implement programs that educate our teams, ensure safe and supportive environments for all, and encourage informed conversations that support a compassionate and inclusive workplace.”