IN RESPONSE: Dorchester Collection, the parent company of such fashion-friendly haunts as Le Meurice, The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Dorchester in London, responded Thursday to a proposed boycott by designers such as Peter Som and Decades owner Cameron Silver. The latter spread the word about “a peaceful protest at The Beverly Hills Hotel planned for Saturday” via Twitter. Some have taken issue with the company’s ties to the Sultan of Brunei and his support of new antigay laws.
A spokeswoman for Dorchester Collection said Thursday, “We are aware that many variations of Sharia law are practiced in many countries throughout the world and these countries have diverse business interests including fashion, hospitality and travel groups, media, entertainment, banking and many other sectors. We are sensitive to the fact that any such potential withdrawal of business directly impacts our employees, who represent the full diversity of society. Our loyal and dedicated employees have no involvement in this religious and political issue.”
She continued, “We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. The laws that exist in other countries outside of where Dorchester Collection operates do not affect the policies that govern how we run our hotels. Dorchester Collection’s code, endorsed by the company’s ownership, emphasizes equality, respect and integrity in all areas of our operation, and strongly values people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees.”