PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, announced it received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), and is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the “Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality.” The CEI is the premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion and provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees.
The 2013 CEI rated 889 businesses, with 252 achieving the top rating of 100 percent and earning the honor of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a perfect score and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, publicly declare their commitment to equality, and exercise responsible citizenship.
“We are pleased to be recognized for embracing equality for all people in the workplace,” said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “We believe that fostering a more inclusive work environment enhances organizational effectiveness, creating positive experiences for our associates, as well as our customers. Our commitment to workplace inclusion is an integral part of how we operate in nearly 100 countries around the world.”
Acknowledging that diversity enriches Wyndham Worldwide as both a global hospitality provider, and as a top employer, the company offers a diversity and inclusion program that focuses on supporting associates of all backgrounds. As part of the curriculum, Wyndham Worldwide sponsors several Associate Business Groups (ABGs), where associates with common interests share ideas and experiences, and promote professional development, engagement, and inclusion throughout the company. Welcoming to all associates, ABGs at Wyndham Worldwide currently include: WYNPride (LGBT), ¡Fuerte! (Hispanic), Spectrum (African American, I-VOW (veterans), and Women on Their Way (Women).
“We are proud of this recognition by the Human Rights Campaign, and will continue to cultivate a global workforce where individuals from all types of backgrounds, with different experiences and viewpoints, are valued,” said Tiziana Sullivan, vice president, diversity and inclusion, Wyndham Worldwide. “In a global marketplace, it is essential that we understand, value, and incorporate our differences in an open, supportive environment not only as a leading workplace, but as one of the world’s leading hospitality companies.”
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