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Recognized as One of the "Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality"
Submitted by: Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 – 10:32 AM EST
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 12 /CSRwire/ - (Marketwired) - For the second consecutive year, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, has 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.
"When we launched Wyndham Worldwide seven years ago, we established diversity as a pillar of our strategic priorities, creating a culture that seeks and welcomes a variety of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to help drive our successful growth in nearly 100 countries across six continents," said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer. "We'll continue to foster a more inclusive work environment, enhance organizational effectiveness and create positive experiences for our associates, as well as our customers, keeping Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional travel partner, a successful company and a great place to work."
Believing diversity enriches the Company as a global hospitality provider, Wyndham Worldwide embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion that supports associates of all backgrounds. The Company offers a variety of diversity and inclusion programs for all associates, including leadership training programs, mentoring opportunities and educational support.
Additionally, 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. Open to all associates, ABGs at Wyndham Worldwide currently include: WYNPride (LGBT), ¡Fuerte! (Hispanic), Spectrum (African American), I-VOW (Veterans), AASK (Administrative Assistants), Women on Their Way (Women in the Workplace) and Generaciones (cross-generational).
"This recognition is a reflection of our commitment to workplace inclusion and our focus on diversity, which is made possible through our culture of strong values, and our approach, which goes beyond what we do, but rather how we do it," said Patricia Lee, senior vice president, human resources and chief diversity officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "We will continue to cultivate a global workforce where individuals from all types of backgrounds, with different experiences and viewpoints, are valued."
Recognized as an industry leader, Wyndham Worldwide has been named a Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, a Top 50 Company for Latinas by LATINA Style and one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives for the past three consecutive years. Additionally, the Company maintains strong partnerships with organizations such as the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Association of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Women MBAs.
The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses, with 303 achieving the top rating of 100 percent and earning the honor of "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." The CEI rates companies on specific LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community. Over the past 12 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 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 106,000 vacation properties in 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 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
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