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Hilton Expands Refugee Hiring Commitment During Tent US Business Summit

MCLEAN, Va. –As part of its ongoing commitment to create learning and career growth opportunities in the communities where it operates, Hilton has announced it will hire 1,500 additional refugees over the next three years at its managed and franchised properties across the U.S.

The hospitality company made the announcement Monday during its participation in the Tent Foundation U.S. Business Summit in New York. The summit brings together corporations with the goal of hiring and economically integrating refugees in the U.S., including recently arrived Afghan and Ukrainian refugees, during the next three years.

“Creating a place where all are welcome is a part of Hilton’s DNA and has long guided the investments we’ve made in those seeking career opportunities in hospitality, including refugees, military families, youth, and others,” said Laura Fuentes, chief human resources officer, Hilton. “Hilton has committed to creating 5 million learning and career opportunities for team members and communities by 2030, and we are proud to partner with Tent and commit to hiring 1,500 refugees in the U.S. during the next three years to help build these inclusive career pathways across the industry.”

From left, Janet Saura of Amazon, Hamdi Ulukaya of Tent and Chobani, Rachel Russell of Hilton, Jonas Prising of ManPower Group and John R. Tyson of Tyson Foods discuss strategies for welcoming refugees into the U.S. workforce during Tent’s U.S. Business Summit on Refugees in New York.— Photo by Hilton
Abdul Nasir Rahimi, safety and security manager at Hilton McLean, shares his experience coming to the U.S. as an Afghan refugee with Julieta Valls Noyes, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.— Photo by Hilton

The hiring pledge is part of Hilton’s overall commitment to become an engine of opportunity in creating employment pathways for underrepresented groups, including refugees, military veterans and their families, and youth. Hilton has positively impacted more than 25,000 refugees since 2015 through volunteering, in-kind donations, purchasing, training and employment. The company has also hired more than 35,000 U.S. military veterans and military family members, and created career opportunities for youth in partnership with multiple nonprofit organizations.

As a longtime partner of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Hilton became the first hospitality company to join Tent in 2018, pledging to impact 16,000 refugees by 2030 through employment opportunities, hospitality skills training, in-kind donations and volunteer hours to refugee organizations.

Between 2019 and 2021, Hilton has impacted more than 20,400 refugees globally – surpassing its original commitment to the Tent Partnership.

Inclusivity is a key component of Hilton’s award-winning workplace culture. In 2022, Hilton has been named the #2 Best Company to Work for in the U.S. by Fortune and Great Place to Work and was also recognized in countries around the world, including Brazil (#3), China (#1), Colombia (#5), Peru (#1), Argentina (#3), Belgium (#3), Uruguay (#1), the Philippines (#3), Ireland (#1), Saudi Arabia (#3), Qatar (#8), UAE (#4), Turkey (#1), Sweden (#15), Italy (#8), Portugal (#3), France (#2), Spain (#6), Germany (#10), Canada (#7) and UK (#3). The company has also been inducted into DiversityInc’s Hall of Fame and recognized by Military Friendly for its diversity and inclusion efforts this year.

For more information on Hilton’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit jobs.hilton.com/diversity.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,800 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2021 World’s Best Workplaces list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. In 2021, in addition to opening more than one hotel a day, Hilton introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 128 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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