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IHG under UN scrutiny

IHG's plans to develop the luxury Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise hotel in the capital of occupied Tibet have brought the group under UN scrutiny. A conflict has arisen because IHG is a signatory to the UN Global Compact for best practices in corporate responsibility, but the company's refusal to answer questions about the development are contrary to this agreement.IHG has been repeatedly approached by Free Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet to answer inquiries about the Lhasa hotel project, but efforts on the part of the organizations have fallen on deaf ears. Therefore, the two groups submitted a six-page complaint to the office of the UN Global Compact.An excerpt of the statement reads:"IHG has repeatedly declined to provide evidence that it has undertaken due diligence in regard to the Lhasa development. In our view, your unwillingness to both engage constructively with criticism of your corporate behaviour and to demonstrate your support for Global Compact principles in regard to the development in Tibet falls short of the standards of transparency, engagement and evaluation of its own performance that a Compact signatory should exemplify".The office of the UN Global Compact has now given IHG until March 15th to submit a written response.

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