April 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, has been recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and its Corporate Inclusion Index for the second consecutive year. A HACR corporate partner, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized for its workforce and recruitment, community investment and supplier diversity.
The Corporate Inclusion Index takes a comprehensive measurement of Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 and HACR corporate member companies. It tracks and evaluates inclusion practices related to employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance, and then analyzes the implications for the Hispanic community.
"As a global hospitality leader with locations in nearly 100 countries across six continents, thinking globally but acting locally is just part of how we operate in markets around the world," said Patricia Lee, senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "In order to keep Wyndham Worldwide an exceptional travel partner, a successful company and a great place to work, we must respect and understand various cultures, motivate and lead multiple generations, provide ethical leadership, and demonstrate integrity and respect in everything we do."
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.
Wyndham Worldwide also 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).
Additionally, HACR presented Erika Gonzalez, diversity and inclusion manager, Wyndham Worldwide, with a Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award at its annual conference in San Diego. Gonzalez was one of 34 young professionals selected to participate in the 2014 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Program, which recognizes young Hispanics at Fortune 500 and HACR corporate member companies. Previous recipients of the award from the Company include Jason Fernandez, director, financial reporting and corporate accounting, Wyndham Vacation Ownership in 2012, and Tania Calderon, director of product and marketing strategy at Wyndham Vacation Ownership in 2011. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the vacation ownership division of Wyndham Worldwide. Since receiving the recognition, Fernandez and Calderon have been a part of HACR’s Corporate Achievers program, which provides a support network, leadership development and reconnects past recipients of the Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers award.
"This recognition is a reflection of our commitment and focus to workplace diversity and inclusion. We know that it takes great people to make great things happen; therefore we strive to cultivate a global workforce where individuals from a wide array of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, are valued," said Tiziana Sullivan, vice president diversity, Wyndham Worldwide. "We invite every individual to experience acceptance and the opportunity to contribute at Wyndham Worldwide."
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, one of the "Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality" by the Human Rights Campaign, and one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives. Additionally, the Company maintains strong partnerships with organizations such as the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Association of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Women MBAs.
HACR's mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. HACR focuses on four areas of corporate responsibility and market reciprocity. They are: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
In pursuit of its mission, HACR offers Corporate America direct access to the Hispanic community - its talent, entrepreneurs, and leadership - creating a forum to ensure corporate responsibility and market reciprocity for the nation's Hispanic population.
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.
For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
SOURCE Wyndham Worldwide
Manager, Public Relations