Wyndham Worldwide Continues its Ongoing Commitment to Global Diversity
Parsippany, N.J. (July 19, 2012) –
Wyndham Worldwide Corp (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, proudly supports global diversity and inclusion. Knowing that a diverse workplace can lead to increased productivity and a global advantage, diversity is among the top five strategic focuses at Wyndham Worldwide and a fundamental part of how the Company does business in the global marketplace.
A recognized leader in diversity, Wyndham Worldwide has been named among the Top 25 Noteworthy Companies by DiversityInc, ranked in the top 10 for supplier diversity by DiversityInc, among the Top 50 Companies by LATINA Style, among the top 100 companies by Working Mother magazine, and among the top 50 companies by the National Association of Female Executives.
“As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, we aim for the people within our company to be as diverse as the services we provide around the world,” said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “Diversity in talent, thought, and experience keep Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional travel partner, a successful company, and a great place to work.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, throughout the week of July 16, Wyndham Worldwide associates will be able to participate in diversity and inclusion educational offerings, cultural awareness activities including music and dance demonstrations, philanthropic events and presentations by Associate Business Groups (ABGs), which are Wyndham Worldwide-sponsored associate groups that share common interests and promote professional development and inclusion throughout the company. ABG examples include: WYNPride, which is focused on professional development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; I-VOW, which focuses on recruitment, retention and professional development for veteran employees; and Women on Their Way, which supports the development and advancement of women across the globe.
Most recently, RCI, part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, a prominent participant in the company-wide WYNPride Associate Business Group, was named a member of Out & Equal Indiana’s Leadership Council. Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the preeminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. As a Leadership Council member, RCI will be an integral participant in supporting the Out & Equal mission. RCI is the industry’s leading vacation exchange network with more than 3.7 million members.
As part of its comprehensive and broad diversity program, Wyndham Worldwide also proudly supports returning or retiring veterans transitioning back into the workplace. In partnership with Veterans Across America, a non-profit organization dedicated to working on behalf of America’s veterans, leaders from Wyndham Worldwide have served as career development mentors to recently returning veterans.
The Company also proudly supports its veteran associates through I-VOW, the Associate Business Group dedicated to identifying and addressing the needs of veterans in the workplace. Most recently, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a business unit of Wyndham Worldwide, received the Above and Beyond Award from the Missouri Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The Above and Beyond Award is given in limited numbers and territory ESGR committees, recognizing employers at the state and local level who have exceeded the legal requirements for granting leave, and providing support for military duty by their employees.
“From the professional development and inclusive environment we provide our associates, to the business relationships we develop, to the products and services we deliver, to developing the experience we provide our guests, diversity defines our business practices and operating philosophy,” said Evelin Potts, chief diversity officer, Wyndham Worldwide.
Wyndham Worldwide’s Global Diversity and Inclusion program includes:
• Diversity Learning and Awareness Curriculum with course offerings for the entire workforce; including the Wyndham Worldwide Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Workshop.
• Associate Business Groups, which encourage associates to engage in the business expansion process, networking and personal development opportunities, and the ability to affiliate with colleagues across the business.
• Recruitment focused on cultivating a global workforce where individuals from a wide array of backgrounds and with different experiences and viewpoints are valued.
• Diverse Partnerships to maintain relationships with key community and philanthropic organizations that support business objectives.
• Supplier Diversity program that includes diverse suppliers when possible in each request for proposal and bid notice, mentoring existing and potential suppliers, building partnerships one supplier at a time, and expanding its supply diversity outreach around the globe.
About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,150 hotels with approximately 609,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.
For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com
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