Dalata Hotel Group Plc has received a diversity and inclusion mark in both Ireland and the UK, after an external audit found employees feel valued and respected in their roles.
The Investors in Diversity Silver Award is given to qualifying companies in the EU by the Irish Centre for Diversity, which partners with the National Centre for Diversity to accredit companies that have locations in the UK.
Dalata Hotel Group, which operates Maldron Hotels and Clayton Hotels, received the accreditation in both jurisdictions.
In Ireland, the silver award has been given to businesses, including Bank of Ireland and IBEC, that have demonstrated that the culture of their organisation is one in which people feel valued, respected and supported, knowing their diversity is important.
Dalata is also a member of Valuable 500, a global business partnership working to end disability exclusion.
Dalata Hotel Group's chief executive, Dermot Crowley, said the silver award reflects the company's commitment to taking a people-first approach.
He said, "As an ethical and responsible hospitality business, our people are the cornerstone of our success.
"We strive to provide a safe and inclusive working environment for our 5,500-strong team by maintaining high standards of working practices and creating a space where everyone feels valued and can contribute equally.
"It has been particularly pleasing that the accreditation has been guided by the responses of our people during the audit process. To hear that they feel valued and respected in their roles is hugely satisfying, but not something we take for granted and we will continue to put our people first at Dalata."
Dalata's chief people officer, Dawn Wynne, said the company continues to be laser-focused on its commitment to creating a team environment and to diversity and inclusion.
She said, "Our team is made up of over 91 different nationalities, with each person bringing a unique set of personal and cultural values which really enrich our business.
"As we expand our hotel portfolio and enter new markets, we want our people to grow with us. We invest in their learning and development as they are the gatekeepers and champions of our culture.
"In 2022, we had 695 internal promotions with 290 of these into management positions. This demonstrates our commitment to our people and to their development.
"When it comes to diversity and inclusion, our recent employee engagement survey revealed 91% feel people from different backgrounds are treated fairly at Dalata. Findings like this are excellent, but we won’t sit back as they also demonstrate there is still room for improvement."
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