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Wyndham Worldwide Ranks 31 in Newsweek Magazine’s Greenest Companies Survey
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (June 16, 2014) – Once again Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was recognized for its sustainability best practices, and was ranked among the greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine, one of the foremost corporate environmental rankings.
Ranked among the top 50 greenest companies in the U.S., Wyndham Worldwide was evaluated on a number of criteria including its environmental footprint and management, environmental policies, programs and initiatives.
“Our inclusion in the rankings is a great reflection of our commitment to our core values, and is the result of tremendous collaboration and innovation by our associates, franchisees, suppliers, business and community partners,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are proud to be recognized for our work in sustainability, but more importantly, we are excited that we continue to see the impact our sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts have in our operating performance and the value created for our shareholders.”
Wyndham Worldwide’s sustainable practices are created and developed by the Company’s Wyndham Green program, which is in its eighth year, and is one of the top five strategic priorities at the Company. The program, which is focused on education and innovation, works to deliver “triple bottom line” results for the people, planet and profits, while driving leadership in the industry, encouraging engagement among key stakeholders, and providing the mechanism to turn innovative ideas into achievable results.
“We believe it is our people, our culture and our strategies that have enabled us to get where we are today. The dedicated efforts of associates at every level of the Company embody our culture of responsible sustainable practices and reflect the strong values that guide our company,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “This focus enabled us to reduce our operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 11 percent per square foot and reduce our carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline.”
Believing that it can “do well” for business, while “doing good” for the people and the community, Wyndham Worldwide has maintained a focused investment in its Corporate Social Responsibility programs since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006. Its teams have collaborated to integrate the strategic areas of sustainability, diversity, human rights and ethics, and community support directly into how it operates. Most recently, Wyndham Worldwide was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the first time, and was recognized as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.
Using the G4 GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the Newsweek rankings are the result of a rigorous review by a leading sustainability ranking organization and an advisory board that includes sustainability experts. Wyndham Worldwide will release its 2012 Sustainability Report following the G4 guidelines later this month.
For more information on Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,500 franchised hotels and 646,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally.
For more information, please visitwww.wyndhamworldwide.com.
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Wyndham Announces LEED Certifiable Prototypes for its Two Largest Brands
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (June 2, 2015) – Wyndham Hotel Group today announced LEED certifiable, new construction prototypes for its two largest and most well-known brands, Days Inn® and Super 8®. The announcement builds on efforts by the company over the last two years to refine its prototypical offerings, which now span a total of six brands, and provide U.S. owners and developers with complete, turn-key, design-forward solutions.
Announced at the 37th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the two prototypes—which focus on style, performance and efficiency—are complemented by updated offerings for the company’s Baymont Inn & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® and Wingate by Wyndham® brands. All six LEED certifiable prototypes come at a time when Wyndham Hotel Group is seeing significant interest in new construction domestically. As of March 31, 2015, the company had signed agreements for more than 140 new construction hotels throughout the U.S. Of those, more than 30 have broken ground an
d are currently under development.
“This is one of the strongest development environments that we’ve seen in the U.S. in the last decade and we want to be sure that all of our brands are well-positioned and that we’re making it easy for prospective developers to do business with us,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and chief executive officer at Wyndham Hotel Group.
Representing a continued evolution of the company’s approach to design and development, the refreshed prototypes provide owners and developers with turn-key solutions that include all architectural designs, documentation and FF&E packages. In addition, each of the six prototypes is LEED certifiable, providing the necessary flexibility for base or silver certification.
“As a company that’s been nationally recognized for its ongoing commitment to sustainability, providing complete solutions that not only cater to the evolving needs of guests but that enable LEED certification is of the utmost importance,” said George Scammell, vice president of global design at Wyndham Worldwide. “Whether it’s the bright, vibrant and comfortable design of Days Inn or the warm, accessible and affordable appeal of Super 8, we’ve tried to create offerings that are distinct, sustainable and meaningful.”
In addition to refreshed prototypes, Wyndham Hotel Group also unveiled refreshed design guidelines for hotels domestically to be used for both conversion and property renovation opportunities. The guidelines are available across virtually all of the brands within the company’s diverse portfolio and include updated schemes for not only guest rooms but also public spaces. In addition, most feature key brand defining elements to achieve a consistent look from property to property and enable current owners to renovate over a set period of time.
To assist current owners and prospective developers with learning more about its design and development offerings, Wyndham Hotel Group has launched a newly updated online portal: www.whgdevelopment.com. Among its offerings, the portal provides access to brand development brochures, property renderings, sample project manuals, upcoming company development events and more.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global portfolio consists of over 7,670 properties and over 667,000 rooms in 70 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts® (acquired February 2015), Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty program offers more than 40 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Wyndham Worldwide Celebrates One Million Trees Milestone with the Arbor Day Foundation
Parsippany, N.J. (October 4, 2016) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) commemorated five years of sustainability leadership with a milestone tree planting ceremony through its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest environmental nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. In an outdoor ceremony including Wyndham Worldwide executives and partners from the Arbor Day Foundation, the company celebrated the fulfillment of its goal to plant one million trees and reinforced the commitment to reducing its environmental footprint by 25 percent by the year 2025.
“At Wyndham Worldwide, we work every day to minimize the environmental impact of doing business,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide. “Our success in planting one million trees was driven by the Wyndham Vacation Ownership team of associates and owners led by Sam Buckingham, vice president, resort renovation & design.”
Wyndham Worldwides’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is part of the Wyndham Green sustainability program and embodies the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, preserving natural resources, and developing innovative solutions to manage climate change. Additionally, as a global hospitality leader, Wyndham Worldwide has been named for the fourth consecutive year to the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Index for operating in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way. Equally impressive, Wyndham Worldwide is the only hospitality company in North America to be named to this year’s list.
“We applaud and congratulate Wyndham Vacation Ownership for their one million tree milestone,” said Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. “Because of their stewardship, communities and forests across the nation are now able to enjoy the myriad of benefits that trees supply. It is our hope that Wyndham will serve as inspiration to others in helping in our mission to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.”
Since 2009, Wyndham has implemented several innovative sustainability programs in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, across more than 200 Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) resorts and corporate offices. These initiatives have greatly contributed to the achievement of planting one million trees:
- Rain Forest Rescue® Project: This project supports shade-grown coffee served in WVO resort units and corporate offices. Last year, this specialty coffee preserved 27,204,388 square feet of invaluable rain forest through the purchase of more than 264,120 lbs of coffee annually. This coffee also helps to provide coffee growers with access to fair wages, health care, better housing, and schooling for their children.
- Carbon Offset Program: Owners and guests at WVO resorts can voluntarily offset their carbon emissions from their stay and plant a tree in one of the nation’s state or national forests. To date, 1,400 carbon-neutral room nights have been purchased by WVO owners to offset their vacations.
- Lied Lodge & Conference Center Renovation: In 2014, WVO collaborated on a large-scale, multi-million dollar renewal of the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska. WVO donated more than $1.2 million in labor and purchased products to the project. With environmental programs that focus on trees, conservation and environmental stewardship, Lied Lodge & Conference Center serves as a resource for conservation-related organizations, businesses, educators, forestry professionals, and others from around the globe wishing to benefit from and enjoy the facility.
About Wyndham Worldwide:
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of more than 120,000 places to stay across 100 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcomes people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
About the Arbor Day Foundation:
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
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