SOURCE: Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide

October 15, 2014 08:30 ET

Wyndham Worldwide Named Sustainability Leader by Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Carbon Disclosure Project

Only Hospitality Company Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index Is Also the Overall Industry Leader on the North American Index

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - Building on its track record of industry-leading sustainability best practices and social performance, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, was recently named to four top sustainability leadership indices: the Dow Jones North America and World Sustainability Indices, and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Disclosure and Climate Performance Leadership Indices.

"Our commitment to sustainability as one of our top strategic priorities is critical to the long-term success of our business and our ability to meet our customers' increasing needs for efficient, environmentally-friendly hospitality accommodations," said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "We are proud to be included on such esteemed Indices, but more importantly, excited that our commitment to sustainable growth includes aggressive measurement and transparency that benefits shareholders, customers and employees alike."

In its second consecutive year on the Dow Jones North American Index, and the first time on the World Index, Wyndham Worldwide showed strong performance across the assessed criteria, specifically in the areas of its Environmental and Economic programs. The fifteen year old S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index is one of the most recognized sustainability performance rating tools, with the Index identifying leaders in the areas of sustainable economic, environmental and social performance.

Additionally, the Company was also recognized by CDP, the world's largest global environmental disclosure system. Wyndham Worldwide raised its Climate Disclosure Leadership Index performance score -- a measure of a company's transparency on climate-related disclosures -- to an all-time high, receiving a score of 97. This is the first time that the Company has achieved a position on the Climate Performance Leadership Index, which evaluates how companies are managing and reducing their carbon footprints.

In 2013, Wyndham Worldwide reduced its operationally controlled asset carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline, bringing the Company closer to its goal of reducing GHG emissions by 20% by 2020, based on energy per square foot.

As part of its overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, Wyndham Worldwide aligns business performance with a responsible approach in its operations around the world.

"Through engagement of stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, and customers, we have not only improved, but also moved our businesses forward by leveraging our CSR focus areas, which includes sustainability, diversity and inclusion, community support, and human rights and ethics," said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resource officer, Wyndham Worldwide.

"We are proud to be recognized once again for our diligent and focused work in sustainability and our overall CSR efforts, which is a reflection of our dedicated teams and partnerships that deliver improvements across a broad range of meaningful sustainability objectives in each of our business units and in the countries in which we operate," said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. "It is a clear validation that our accomplishments in a wide range of CSR areas, from environmental sustainability to corporate citizenship, are recognized."

To learn more and read about Wyndham Worldwide's corporate social responsibility program, please visit wyndh.am/2013grireport.

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products 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 650,200 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 200 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 visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The family tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. For more information, please visit http://www.sustainability-indices.com/.

About the CDP
CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 767 institutional investors with assets of US$92 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate-change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Please visit www.cdp.net or follow us @CDP to find out more.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Stacy Dixson
    Manager, Public Relations
    Wyndham Worldwide
    973-753-7424
    stacy.dixson@wyn.com