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With No. 1 Ranking, Hilton Lives Up to Inclusivity Efforts

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Hilton is No. 1 on Diversity Inc.’s 2021 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” list.

The award marks the company’s seventh consecutive year on the list, which highlights the nation’s top companies that hire, develop, retain and promote a broadly diverse workforce. Hilton also placed as a top company on a record 12 “specialty” lists, including Latino executives (No. 2), mentoring (No. 3), philanthropy (No. 3), Native American/Pacific Islander executives (No. 3), executive diversity councils (No. 5), people with disabilities (No. 6), board of directors (No. 6), sponsorship (No. 7), employee resource groups (No. 8), veterans (No. 10) and Asian American executives (No. 12).

“Conrad Hilton founded this company on the belief that travel could be a bridge to world peace,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of McLean, Va.-based Hilton, which has 18 banners comprising more than 6,500 properties and more than one million rooms in 119 countries and territories. “Today’s recognition is evidence that our hospitality has the ability to create greater understanding and unite communities, and I’m so proud of the inclusive workplace our team members have built together.”

Hilton recently announced its plans to increase gender and ethnic diversity in leadership roles, with a focus on the future as the pace of hiring within the industry picks up. The company has committed to achieving global gender parity and 25% ethnic diversity at its corporate leadership levels in the U.S. by 2027. Additionally, Hilton said it has established region-specific diversity goals for hotel leadership.

“Our progress on this journey is thanks to our team members and the community they have helped us build,” said Laura Fuentes, Hilton’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. ‘They have embraced the power of inclusion and make Hilton a great place to work for all. We’re so humbled by this honor, which means more than ever this year, and we look forward to continuing this work together.”

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