Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, based in Parsippany, on Wednesday released its 2022 Environmental, Social & Governance report.
The commitments to operating in a socially, ethically and environmentally responsible way are underscored by recent accolades, including recognition by DiversityInc, which highlighted Wyndham as a company with leading diversity practices for 2022, and Forbes as one of the Best Employers for Diversity 2022.
“The significance of our company’s vision – to be the world’s leading hotel company by delivering the best value to owners and guests – is more important than ever. We believe, as the world’s largest hotel franchisor, we have the responsibility to strengthen the communities in which we serve as we protect the environment for future generations while continuing the growth and success of our global franchise system, ”Geoffrey Ballotti, CEO and President, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said. “We have witnessed the incredible resilience of our owners, guests and team members during these past two years. And, as people return to traveling in record numbers, we look forward to welcoming them to Wyndham, where we have a brand for every guest as we work to continue to advance our values-driven culture. ”
Focus on diversity, equity & inclusion
Deeply committed to a culture of diversity, equity & inclusion across the organization, Wyndham said it believes diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences help drive the company’s success. Wyndham continuously infuses different perspectives into the workplace that reflect its diverse guests, customers and communities around the world, and offers enhanced training to address unconscious biases and racism and also foster allyship.
Advancing its commitment to diversity, Wyndham unveiled its innovative “Women Own the Room” program, the first-ever program by a major hotel company specifically targeting women’s advancement in hotel ownership. Women Own the Room is designed to advance and empower women entrepreneurs to break through the predominantly male-dominated hotel industry, and is a natural extension of the brand’s commitment to DEI. The program is generating great interest and has proudly awarded new hotel development contracts to women developers for projects in Colorado, Delaware, Texas, Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida.
Leadership in sustainability
Wyndham is committed to protecting the environment and demonstrating leadership in environmental programs, policies and performance. Accelerating those efforts, the company announced that hotels around the world will be required, as part of their brand standard compliance, to attain level 1 in the Wyndham Green Program by April 2023. The Wyndham Green Program is a five-level certification program that helps reduce a hotel’s environmental footprint, includes a proprietary environmental management tool that tracks data to help hotels improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, conserve water and reduce waste, while helping drive the owner’s bottom line. Wyndham’s work has been recognized through its participation in CDP’s climate change and water security responses, where it achieved the management band for sustainability performance and disclosure.