It is Hilton Worldwide's priority to continually promote diversity within our marketplace through strategies such as our Supplier and Ownership Diversity programs.

Supplier Diversity

When selecting minority suppliers, Hilton Worldwide has a preference for those that meet pre-determined minimum qualifications and are certified by councils that recognize minorities, such as the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), which recently named Hilton Worldwide's Senior Vice President of Global Supply Management, William Kornegay, Jr., to its Board of Directors Executive Committee.

  • Proactively promote purchasing from, and the development of, socially diverse suppliers.
  • Encourage diversity within Hilton Supply Management and the entire corporation.
  • Proactively promote diverse employment practices throughout the supply chain.

Supplier Qualifications

For consideration in our Supplier Diversity Program, companies must be at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a member of one of the following minority groups – Women, Asian American, African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Veterans and LGBT. In the case of a publicly-owned business, at least one or more such individuals must own 51 percent of the stock. Those minority group members also must control the management and daily operations of the company.

When selecting minority suppliers, Hilton Worldwide has a preference for those that meet pre-determined minimum qualifications and are certified by councils that recognize minorities, such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) or the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Visit Hilton Worldwide Supplier Diversity Programs for more information.

Facilitation & Support

We participate in various activities and events to expand business opportunities and relationships within the Women-and Minority-owned Business Enterprise (WMBE) community by:

  • Attending trade shows and business events sponsored by various groups representing MWBE interests.
  • Organizing in-house meetings for suppliers to meet with buyers.
  • Soliciting input from the WMBE community regarding outreach activities and communication mechanisms.
  • Performing supplier inspections, as appropriate, to ensure the ability to meet contract obligations.

Owner Diversity

In 2004, we were the first major hotel company to develop an effective outreach program to educate minority and women entrepreneurs on becoming owners of our properties. Organizations such as National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), Latino Hotel & Restaurant Association (LHRA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), are also instrumental in helping to promote our ownership initiatives. Our Owner Services group is an excellent resource to assist our owners with the resources needed to have a successful and rewarding career with Hilton Worldwide. Owners can expect the following benefits from the Owner Services group:

  • Open Communication: We're in continuous communication with owners to track satisfaction and loyalty, as well as hold conferences and events to provide owners with the latest news and strategies from Hilton Worldwide.
  • Awards & Recognition: Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of brands are often recognized for excellence across all sectors of hospitality due to our ongoing commitment to our guests, owners, and business partners.
  • Ongoing Support & Innovation: We provide unparalleled support to owners through ongoing communications, collaborative events with senior leadership, a global Owners Recognition Club for majority owners, and one-on-one meetings for the individualized needs of our owners.
  • A Growing Network: With one of the largest pipelines of new and planned hotels in our history, we are committed to growth across our portfolio of brands.
  • Hilton Performance Advantage: The Hilton Performance Advantage's innovative solutions deliver bottom-line results to owners by driving guest stays, enhancing the guest experience, and creating more efficient hotel operations.

External Engagement


We support the diversity of each of our Team Members in more than 90 countries and territories across the world, and value their thoughts and opinions in shaping the culture of our company.


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Attracting talent that reflects the global diversity of our company is key, which is why our Talent Management strategy supports diversity in hiring for our global business operations.


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Our Supplier and Ownership Diversity programs are integral to our diversity initiatives by supporting women, veterans, LGBT and minority-owned businesses, encouraging diverse and women ownership of Hilton Worldwide properties.

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