Human Rights Policy Statement for Best Western
Best Western International believes that ethical business practices are critical to building the trust and loyalty that lead to lasting success. The vision of Best Western International is to lead the hospitality industry in superior customer care. We strive to provide the highest levels of service to Best Western hotels and to their guests with integrity and honesty such that brand loyalty continues to thrive. To achieve this vision, Best Western International has adopted the following core values:
• Excellence in quality and service
• Integrity, both personal and professional
• Honesty and truthfulness
• Fairness and impartiality
• Respect for others’ dignity
• Leadership based upon Best Western values
• Being a good member of the community
Consistent with these core values, Best Western International acknowledges and respects the standards contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it endeavors to conduct its business in a manner that is consistent with fundamental human rights. Best Western International’s core values, practices, culture, and history embody a commitment to ethical business practices and good corporate citizenship. Additionally, although each Best Western branded hotel is independently owned and operated, each hotel is contractually obligated to abide by all applicable laws and by Best Western’s standards.
Protection of Employees’ Rights
Best Western International is committed to upholding the rights of employees and aims to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Best Western International supports the elimination of all forms of forced, bonded, or compulsory labour. It supports the elimination of employment discrimination and promotes and embraces diversity in all aspects of its operations. Best Western International is an equal opportunity employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected category.
Protection of Children’s Rights
Best Western International condemns all forms of child exploitation. Best Western International does not recruit child labour, and it supports the elimination of exploitative child labour. Best Western International also supports legislation enacted to prevent and punish the crime of sexual exploitation of children. Best Western International will work to raise awareness concerning such exploitation, including through its continued partnership with World Vision, an organization committed to fighting the exploitation of children, and will cooperate with law enforcement authorities to address any instances of exploitation of which Best Western International becomes aware.
We are dedicated to respecting fundamental human rights and to continued dialogue on the principles set forth in this statement as we fulfil our vision as a company.