Wyndham makes great strides in sustainability

Wyndham headquarters

Wyndham headquarters

Wyndham Worldwide has released its 2013 Sustainability Responsibility Report and continued to demonstrate its sustainability best practices.

The ITP member company was able to show it has reduced its operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 16 percent per square foot and its carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline.

In the company’s fourth year of formal sustainability reporting, they again highlighted their commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices. Wyndham Worldwide is one of the first hospitality companies to use the progressive G4 Sustainability Reporting Structure to report its economic, environmental and social performance.

“Our progress has earned us industry distinctions that recognise the value we aim to create for our shareholders, our partners and the environment,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer. “Recognising the emerging global challenges, our sustainability focus remains on reducing our carbon footprint and water usage as well as supporting innovation and collaboration among our associates and stakeholders to drive change in the communities where we operate, and throughout the travel and tourism industry.”

In addition to reducing its carbon footprint and water usage, and as part of its strategic initiatives, Wyndham partners with the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 conservation and education organisation that is the largest nonprofit membership organisation dedicated to planting trees.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the vacation timeshare division of Wyndham Worldwide, participates with the Foundation as part of the Rain Forest Rescue Project, which supports shade-grown coffee served in the resort units and at the company’s corporate offices. The project preserves 26 million square feet of rainforest each year and helps to provide coffee growers with access to fair wages, health care and better housing and schooling for their children. In 2013, approximately 287,000lbs of Arbor Day Coffee was purchased, saving more than 700 acres of the Amazon Rainforest.

“Wyndham Worldwide is committed to the Arbor Day’s Foundation Rain Rescue Programme. Our owners and guests appreciate the taste of the coffee, its environmental preservation and protection, and the human compassion,” said Gary Hyde, senior vice president, resort operations.

Additionally, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has launched the Wyndham Million Trees Project, an initiative to raise $1 million to help plant one million trees in U.S. national forests. As of today, more than 450,000 trees have been planted in forest lands lost to fires, rehabilitating ecosystems rich with wildlife.

The report, which provides an overview of the company’s sustainability initiatives as well as its corporate social responsibility programmes, is accessible on the company’s website and aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative, a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. Additionally, the report’s Statement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions has been reviewed by Deloitte & Touche LLP. This Statement was prepared in conformance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard published by the World Business council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute.

“Our 2013 report demonstrates our passion to perform with purpose,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are extremely proud to showcase our accomplishments and collaborative efforts that have enabled us to adapt to the changing demands across the world.”

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