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Some Highlights from Wyndham Worldwide’s Latest CSR Report

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Wyndham Worldwide recently released its 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility (CSR) Report. I read through the report and there were many things that stood out to me. First, Wyndham achieved a 22 percent reduction in carbon emissions and 18 percent reduction in water consumption since 2010. This applies to the company’s owned, managed and leased assets. According to Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide, the carbon emissions goal was reached six years ahead of schedule. Faith Taylor, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Wyndham Worldwide, said in the report that Wyndham has saved an estimated $68 million since 2010 through efficiency projects. Not to stand pat, Wyndham has extended its goals to 2025. By then (baseline 2010), Wyndham is aiming to achieve a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions per square foot. In addition, Wyndham has a 2025 goal of reducing water consumption 25 percent per square foot. A 2035 goal is to have 10 percent of sites using solar and 30 percent using renewable energy certificates.

While Wyndham’s progress in waste management has not been as impressive as its progress in reducing energy and water consumption, the company says it is rolling out a program to reduce, donate and recycle using tools and strategic partnerships to support property participation across all business units globally. The program focuses on all of Wyndham’s relevant waste streams which include: glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, soap, food, organics, kitchen grease, lamps, batteries, e-waste, mattresses, furniture, linens and carpet.

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the company improved its biodiversity by planting over 1 million trees since 2011. In 2015, Wyndham trained more than 900 general managers and owners in leadership operations and the Wyndham Green Program at the Wyndham Hotel Group’s School of Hospitality.

Wyndham also has made notable progress in areas including diversity, wellness, philanthropy, ethics, human rights, procurement and volunteerism. Be sure to read the report for details.

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