Hyatt Declares June as its Official Month of Community Service
Efforts this month include supporting local communities with volunteer initiatives worldwide, release of Hyatt’s first annual corporate responsibility report, and participation in the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service.
June 05, 2012 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that June will be its official month of community service. Several activities and initiatives this month will give back to the communities where Hyatt hotels are located and where Hyatt associates live.
In 2011, Hyatt unveiled its global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, which is designed to help make communities places where Hyatt associates are proud to work, where guests want to visit, where neighbors want to live and where hotel owners want to invest. The platform is grounded in four key pillars that Hyatt believes are crucial to foster thriving communities: environmental sustainability, economic development and investment, education and personal advancement, and health and wellness.
Celebrating Hyatt Thrive
To celebrate the first year of Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt hotels and associates will give back to local communities throughout the month of June with its Global Volunteer Initiative, which brings Hyatt associates from around the world together in a common effort to volunteer in their local communities. As a part of this initiative, team members from Hyatt corporate headquarters and colleagues from area Hyatt hotels including Park Hyatt Chicago, Hyatt Regency Chicago and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, will join together to improve Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Known as one of the most dense and ethnically diverse areas of the city, Hyatt volunteers will make an impact in the neighborhood by partnering with a variety of organizations that are serving the needs of the Uptown community, including the American Indian Center, McCutcheon Elementary School, Alternatives Inc., and the Robert B. McCormick Boys and Girls Club. To see last year’s volunteer efforts in Chicago, click here.
Around the world, associates at Hyatt hotels will also be giving back to their local communities throughout the month of June. Some highlights include:
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is spending a day at the Heep Hong Society, a nonprofit organization that provides training and education services for children with special needs. For more than 10 years, the hotel has participated in culinary events, celebrations and regular visits to the center to work with their students.
- Three Hyatt hotels in the Boston area will be working with Special Olympics Massachusetts to volunteer at its Summer Games at Harvard University.
- Hyatt Regency Washington, Grand Hyatt Washington and Hyatt Fairfax will participate in a DC Habitat for Humanity project in which Hyatt volunteers will build two homes.
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco will be working with Shelter Network, an organization that provides temporary housing for those in need in San Mateo County.
To view volunteer initiatives from Hyatt hotels throughout 2011, click here.
Continued Commitment to Responsible Business
Hyatt is continuing to show its dedication to responsible business practices around the globe, and specifically this month, Hyatt will showcase its support through the following:
- National Conference on Volunteerism and Service. As a part of Hyatt’s commitment to its local communities, President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian will be a featured speaker at the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, which will be held in Chicago, June 19-20, 2012. The National Conference on Volunteerism and Service is the world’s largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors, and it provides attendees with an opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired by a wide range of exciting sessions, workshops and special events that all teach fresh approaches to civic engagement.
Hoplamazian will join Carol Cone, global vice chairman of Edelman, and Neil J. Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA, to speak about private sector collaboration and how the engagement of employees, nonprofits and corporations can be used to create a turning point for how organizations do business.
- Corporate Responsibility Report: Later this month, Hyatt will release its inaugural corporate responsibility report, which details Hyatt’s commitment to managing business responsibly. In this report, Hyatt shares with its stakeholders its progress and commitment to efficient and responsible operations, to minimize the environmental impact of its hotels, and to be a catalyst for positive change in the communities in which its hotels operate.
The report includes several 2011 highlights and accomplishments in regards to responsible business, including:
- Hyatt associates devoted more than 26,000 hours – or 3,500 days – of volunteer time in 2011, two-thirds of which supported education and health initiatives globally.
- Nearly $4.8 million in charitable giving and volunteer service was donated on behalf of Hyatt through the company, associates, owners and guests at full service, managed hotels.
- 14,900 associates participated in Hyatt Earth Training, which helps associates identify ways to further reduce environmental impacts - both at their hotels and in their personal lives.
- Hyatt added 11 newly built hotels, which created nearly 4,500 new jobs, and expects its future hotel openings – 20 hotel openings planned for 2012 – to significantly contribute to the livelihood to those communities around the world.
The corporate responsibility report will be released mid-June and will be available at www.hyattthrive.com.
“We are so proud of the progress we’ve made in the last year since the introduction of Hyatt Thrive, and we are committed to focusing on projects that contribute to the prosperity, health and advancement of the many communities around the world that our hotels call home,” said Brigitta Witt, vice president corporate responsibility for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “While June is our official volunteer and service month, our efforts extend well beyond this – we are working each and every day to involve ourselves in initiatives that promote community engagement and environmental stewardship and that truly help to make a difference in the lives of our guests, associates, owners and neighbors.”
To learn more about Hyatt’s corporate responsibility programs, visit www.HyattThrive.com.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Vacation Club®, which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of March 31, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 488 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.
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