CVS Health Foundation Supports New Program for Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis, Disclosure and Education

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The CVS Health Foundation today announced a $550,000 commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association to support expanded provider education and diagnosis resources for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and caregivers through their local chapters across the United States.

“The CVS Health Foundation is proud to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its effort to ensure that more people with Alzheimer’s are able to comprehend their diagnosis and receive affordable, high-quality care and support,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “By facilitating care consultation interventions when a diagnosis is provided, the Alzheimer’s Association is helping to maximize a patient’s quality of life, which directly aligns with our company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health.”

Effective health care provider outreach and education are essential for helping people with Alzheimer’s disease achieve their best quality of life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise from over 5 million today to more than 16 million by 2050. In 2015, Alzheimer’s and other dementias cost the nation an estimated $226 billion. By 2050, these costs are expected to rise as high as $1.1 trillion.

In addition, the report showed that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor.  This low diagnosis percentage remains the reality, despite studies finding several benefits – including allowing for better decision-making, medical care and future planning – in clearly explaining a diagnosis of dementia to the affected patient.

“With the support from the CVS Health Foundation, our local chapters can play an even stronger role in educating health care providers on the importance of diagnosing dementia,” said Beth Kallmyer, vice president, constituent services, Alzheimer’s Association. “By connecting people with the disease

and their caregivers with the community resources they need, we believe patients are better positioned to live their best life with the disease.”

Alzheimer’s Association Chapters with provider relationships will be invited to apply for grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to implement a one-year health care provider outreach and education strategy and establish or expand an automatic referral process for education and care consultations, with the goal of increasing the number of people in each chapter with access to care and support programs.

 

About the Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its approximately 9,600 retail pharmacies, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 75 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger Debuts Adaptive Clothing Line

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A major clothing designer is launching a line of apparel just for children with special needs.

Tommy Hilfiger released a line of adaptive clothing on its website Tuesday.

The 22-piece children’s offering is comprised of items that look just like clothing in the company’s regular spring collection, but include magnets, velcro and other modifications to allow for easy on and off for kids with disabilities.

Tommy Hilfiger's new adaptive clothing collection includes pants with adjustable-length legs, fasteners that use velcro and magnets and other modifications while retaining the style of the company's mainstream clothing. (Richard Corman)

Tommy Hilfiger’s new adaptive clothing collection includes pants with adjustable-length legs, fasteners that use velcro and magnets and other modifications while retaining the style of the company’s mainstream clothing. (Richard Corman)

All of the items are priced the same as the versions for typically-developing kids, the company said.

For the clothing line, Tommy Hilfiger collaborated with the nonprofit Runway of Dreams. Mindy Scheier founded the group – which works to increase the availability of fashionable clothing for kids with special needs – after adapting jeans for her son Oliver who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and wears leg braces.

“Every detail was considered so the clothing is not only functional but looks exactly the same as the TH Kids collection,” Scheier said in a Q-and-A about the new t-shirts, jeans, dresses and other items.

Beyond their work with Tommy Hilfiger, officials with Runway of Dreams said they are looking to work with other brands and designers to make adaptive clothing available for people of all ages with different abilities.

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Talbots and O, The Oprah Magazine Join Forces to Support Dress for Success in Effort to Empower More Women in the Workforce

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From America Charities Blog:By Sarah Ford on February 22, 2016

There is growing importance that corporations and nonprofits align strategically, work to identify mutually beneficial goals, and work in partnership to deliver transformational experiences [i.e. to employees, customers, other stakeholders] while meeting real nonprofit needs (Source: America’s Charities Snapshot 2015 – The Corporate DNA).

Last year I touched upon this subject in a blog post featuring a cause marketing partnership between America’s Charities member Dress for Success and Talbots.

Dress for Success® is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Through customer donations and a percentage of proceeds from store events in Spring 2015, Talbots, a women’s apparel chain, ended up collecting more than 4,000 boxes of clothing and was able to donate $500,000 to Dress for Success.

This year, Dress for Success’s powerful partnership with Talbots has grown to include O, The Oprah Magazine, and their goal is to double the monetary and clothing donations they received as a result of last year’s partnership.

Talbots and O, have joined forces to launch an unprecedented spring collection that is for women, about women, supporting women and dressing women. The collaboration was created to support Dress for Success in an effort to empower more women in the workforce.

As part of the collaboration, O Magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman, teamed up with Talbots’ design team to create the exclusive O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection.  

Shop Talbots Oprah Collection February 22 – April 3, 2016:

Starting today February 22 through April 3, as we head into Women’s History Month, this limited-edition 7-piece collection is available at Talbots stores nationwide, with 30% of the net proceeds benefitting Dress for Success.

On Saturday, March 5, all Talbots stores across the country will hold “Spring Style Shopping Parties,” where women nationwide can shop at 25% off (excluding the capsule collection), enjoy refreshments, and make donations to Dress for Success. Donations of nearly new office-appropriate attire will be accepted at any Talbots location from March 3 to March 6, while monetary donations will be accepted at the register of each store through April 3.

Talbots Oprah Collection Benefits Dress for Success Women

This collaborative cause marketing effort between Talbots and O is a fantastic example of how businesses can align their corporate values in a way that mutually benefits their brands and a nonprofit like Dress for Success.

Click here to shop and support Dress for Success through O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection. To learn more about Dress for Success and other ways to support their work, click here.

The Body Shop Celebrates 40 Years of CSR with “Enrich, Not Exploit”

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From Cone Communications’ Blog: Prove Your Purpose

The Body Shop is no stranger to CSR commitments. In fact, the beauty brand has been in the trenches on social and environmental issues since its founding in 1976. Founder Anita Roddick was a driving force behind the company’s campaigns, from the first official “Save the Whale” campaign in collaboration with Greenpeace in 1986 to the 1998 “Make Your Mark” campaign launched by the Dalai Lama in collaboration with Amnesty International. Now, The Body Shop is going one step further, launching a comprehensive global CSR strategy to unify its message. Last week, as The Body Shop celebrated its 40th birthday, it simultaneously launched a new commitment entitled “Enrich Not Exploit,” helping to bolster the company’s goal to become the world’s most ethical and sustainable global business. The commitment’s official manifesto echoes Roddick’s belief that “business could be a force for good” and outlines the three pillars of the Enrich Not Exploit platform: “Enrich Our People,” “Enrich Our Products” and “Enrich Our Planet.” Within the pillars are a series of 14 goals set for 2020 that make the business accountable for delivery, including “powering 100 percent of stores with renewable or carbon balanced energy” and helping “40,000 economically vulnerable people access work around the world.”

Eddie Bauer And Philanthropic Ambassador Ryan Reynolds Launch The One Tree Initiative In Partnership With American Forests

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Eddie Bauer announced The One Tree Initiative with philanthropic ambassador Ryan Reynolds to benefit American Forests. Since the start of its partnership with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect and restore threatened forest ecosystems around the world, one tree at a time.

In a public service announcement released today to inspire a united commitment to forest conservation, actor and longtime activist Ryan Reynolds supports the notion that every tree matters. The inspiration and purpose of the campaign is to ignite action across a widespread audience, highlighting that our forests are an invaluable resource. And with very little effort, we can do a lot to preserve them for our future.

The One Tree Initiative recognizes that one person and one dollar can impact the future of our forests,” says Mike Egeck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eddie Bauer. “We are proud to partner with Ryan as our philanthropic ambassador as he shares our passion and appreciation for the outdoors. This campaign reminds us that we can all play a role in preserving the beauty of nature, and even a small donation to American Forest can make big impact in protecting our forests for future generations to come.”

Eddie Bauer launched its partnership with American Forests in 1995 with the “Add a Dollar, Plant a Tree” project, in which the brand plants a tree every time a customer chooses to add a dollar to his or her purchase. Eddie Bauer donates 100 percent of these funds collected from customer donations to American Forests’ reforestation projects in the U.S. and Canada.

In November 2015, Eddie Bauer announced Ryan Reynolds as its philanthropic ambassador with the planting of American Forests’ 50 millionth tree in a drought-stricken and fire-damaged area of the San Bernardino Mountains. To recognize the 20th anniversary of its partnership with American Forests, the brand pledged to plant 20,000 additional trees in the San Bernardino Mountains in 2016.

During Earth Week in April, Eddie Bauer will be matching customer donations under The One Tree Initiative, giving one tree for every dollar up to 75,000 trees. Starting today, customers can donate directly through the American Forests website and through a mobile Text-to-Give program, in which five trees can be planted for $5 simply by texting ONETREE to 80077.

About Eddie Bauer
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, footwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style, and customer service.  Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada, Germany andJapan, through catalog sales, and online at www.eddiebauer.com.

About American Forests
American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the first national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the U.S. Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems, and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. In the past 25 years alone, American Forests has planted 50 million trees in more than a thousand forest restoration projects. These projects have restored hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, protected vital water supplies, and planted trees that store millions of tons of greenhouse gases. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

CabFest Napa Valley and Roots of Peace Partner

 

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Global Humanitarian Landmine Eradication Non-Profit to Launch Napa Valley PeaceBuilder Chapter and “Mines To Vines” Initiative at March 2016 CabFest Event

CabFest Napa Valley which will take place March 4 – 6, 2016 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater located on the grounds of the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, has partnered with Roots of Peace, the Global Humanitarian Landmine Eradication Non-Profit.

Nearly 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, Roots of Peace will make a special presentation at CabFest Napa Valley and launch their PeaceBuilder Napa Chapter in a global “call to action” to turn MINES TO VINES–replacing the scourge of landmines across the world with bountiful vineyards and orchards.

From the grounds of the largest veteran’s home in the United States, ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings will support the efforts of Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace as she launches MINES TO VINES at CabFest Napa Valley where more than 100 of the Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon wines will be poured over the course of the three-day event.

Legendary Napa Valley vintners Robert & Margrit Mondavi, Miljenko Grgich & Violet Grgich, The Austin Hills Family, Shirley & Paul Dean, and Diane Disney Miller, who supported Roots of Peace from its inception and who share strong “roots” with The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, will be honored at a ceremony during the CabFest Napa Valley kick-off concert by headliner, recording artist Mat Kearney on Friday, March 4.

Following CabFest Napa Valley, on March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings will join Heidi Kuhn, Founder/CEO, Roots of Peace on a journey to Vietnam to remove the remnants of war and plant fresh pepper trees. There are millions of landmines, UXO and cluster munitions in Quang Tri province, former DMZ, and the innocent footsteps of children are at risk to these seeds of terror.

CabFest Napa Valley provides a unique opportunity to celebrate the excellence that comes from the earth when nurtured and cultivated, in contrast to the lethal harvest of landmines. CabFest Napa Valley will bring over 100 Napa Valley wines to the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, as they stand in proud partnership with Roots of Peace to turn MINES TO VINES–turning blood to wine, minefields into vineyards–for the sake of the children and future generations to walk in peace.

About Roots of Peace 
Roots of Peace was founded in September 1997, following the death of the late Princess Diana of Wales who catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda. Since then, Roots of Peace has turned MINES TO VINES in Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam. Today, there are still over 70 million landmines in 70 countries. The Roots of Peace Grove was established at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville on Veterans Day in 2011 (11-11-11), as six redwood trees were planted by young landmine survivor, Daniel Yuval, age 12, who lost his leg to a landmine in the Golan Heights of Israel. These deep roots continue to grow, as we honor veterans who lost limbs to landmines during the past six wars.

About CabFest Napa Valley 2016 
CabFest Napa Valley is a luxury lifestyle celebration of wine, food and entertainment, created to attract a wide audience to the Napa Valley during the Cabernet Season and simultaneously benefit local arts education. The inaugural CabFest Napa Valley attracted more than 2,000 patrons, with 70% of the attendees traveling from outside the area (17 states and more than three countries). For tickets, or to participate or sponsor, visit CabFestNapaValley.com or call 707.944.9900. Tickets are also available at the Lincoln Theater Box Office at 100 California Drive in Yountville, California from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information visit CabFestNapaValley.com. Like CabFest on Facebook and Follow on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

CabFest Napa Valley 2016 Sponsors 
Genesis Luxury Vehicles, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Comcast Spotlight, Wine Spectator Magazine, The Spire Collection’s Napa Valley wines (Cardinale, Captûre, Galerie, La Jota, Lokoya, Mt. Brave), Spiriterra Napa Valley Estate, Karen MacNeil – Napa, Yelp, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Bank of Stockton, County of Napa, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Pellet Estate, Shadowbox Cellars, Eagle Eye, Joseph Carr, Coquerel, Hendry Estate, Town of Yountville, Riedel Crystal, San Francisco Magazine, Napa Sonoma Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, Sonoma Magazine, Napa Valley Life, CA Home + Design, GEV Magazine, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The Clever Root, The SOMM Journal, The Luxury Marketing Council, Napa Valley Film Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Visit Napa Valley, Heritage Eats, Ad Hoc + Addendum and Hurley’s Restaurant and Bar.

About the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater 
The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to the cultural and artistic education and well-being of the Napa Valley. The Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that nurtures the next generation of artists and audiences through extensive arts education programs, while sustaining a more vibrant and engaged community, through initiatives ranging from presenting world-renowned artists and producing Symphony Napa Valley, to creating and sustaining arts education and access programs in schools, to producing arts and culture education and outreach on site at Lincoln Theater.

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For more information visit http://www.RootsOfPeace.org and http://www.CabFestNapaValley.com

UPS Global Refugee Crisis Support

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As a part of its effort to deliver humanitarian relief around the world, The UPS Foundation has partnered with United Nations agencies and NGOs to support Syrian Refugee crisis aid. This infographic shows how UPS provides logistics expertise and financial support.

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Pelican Water Systems To Donate 25 Water Filtration Systems to Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan

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Florida-based Pelican Water Systems responds to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with the donation of 25 drinking water systems, complete with replacement filters, to the Whaley Children’s Center.

Flint, Michigan, has been in the news following the detection of dangerously high levels of lead in city drinking water. First reported in January of 2015, ongoing testing has detected levels as high as 397 parts per billion in some homes. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that there is no level at which lead in the water is safe, they generally only get involved when lead levels reach 15 parts per billion or greater. Pelican Water Systems CEO, Iain Whyte, said in a recent on-air Cumulus Flint radio interview, “We’ve continued to monitor the situation to try and work with people locally and see if we can educate them as to the best ways to remove lead and other impurities in the water.”

City officials urged residents to stop consuming city water in October of 2015 after high levels of lead were found in children’s blood samples. Residents were also advised not to use unfiltered water for cooking or bathing, ultimately prompting state officials to issue a “state of emergency” in December of 2015. President Barack Obama would one month later declare a state of emergency.

The consumption of lead through water can have serious and long-term health implications including damage to the nervous system, stunted growth in children, and the development of some learning and behavior disabilities.

In that same interview, Whyte said, “The NSF-certified countertop drinking systems are small, compact and tested to eliminate 99.4% of lead.” Obviously, the filters do need to be checked regularly, but the systems have been tested to be very effective in removing lead from the water supply. Offering up to a year of purified drinking water through the use of additional filters, Pelican Water Systems provides some of best longevity for water filters on the market today.

The increased lifespan of Pelican Water Systems’ filters ensure that residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been impacted by the water crisis have access to safe, purified water over the span of several months.

About Whaley Children’s Center
Whaley Children’s Center is dedication to providing child trauma survivors with the necessary tools to reach their full potential. Through the leadership of a dedicated staff and the work of tireless volunteers, the Whaley family facilities have provided care, and treatment to hundreds of abused, neglected, and at risk children and families throughout Michigan for nearly a century. Based in Flint, Whaley Children’s Center is dedicated to treating their patients with fairness, dignity, and respect. More than just a treatment center, Whaley works to be leaders in the community as well. When paired together, a dedication to service and topnotch treatment provide hope to children and families who have survived trauma.

About Pelican Water Systems
PelicanWater.com is the official, factory-direct retail website for Pelican Water Systems, providing professional knowledge and leading technologies in whole house water filtration, countertop water filtration systems, UV bacteria disinfection systems, as well as salt-free water softening and conditioning systems. Pelican Water products use cutting-edge technology and enable customers to go green by eliminating wasteful and harmful salt brine discharge that is polluting our valuable fresh water resources.

For over a decade, Pelican Water has stayed true to their mission statement: being a company that helps families enjoy cleaner, safer, better-tasting water in their homes in an environmentally-friendly way. Pelican Water has been and continues to be the global market leader in salt-free water softening system. For more information about Pelican Water Systems, visit PelicanWater.com.

HPE: Breaking Down Barriers

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By James Johns, Director of Corporate Affairs, UK & Ireland

At a time when it is estimated that around half the world’s population—3.2 billion people—is now online, with two billion of these in the developing world, it’s tempting to assume that the day is near when everyone can share in the benefits offered by the Internet. Sadly, things are not quite so straightforward.

Of course these billions of Internet users can all benefit from the easier communications, wider choice of entertainment or access to social media that being online offers. However, for many, even in the developed world, being online is akin to having your nose pressed against the window of a shop you can’t enter.

In some ways the advertising-based or “freemium” business models adopted by popular Internet services offer a universal resource; they place no real financial demands on those who wish to use them. Increasingly however, the most significant benefits of being online also require access to a bank account and a method of electronic payment. Price comparison sites might allow us to find the best deal on our insurance or energy bills, but without the ability to pay online or by direct debit, those benefits may be rendered inaccessible.

As a result, for many people at the lower end of the income scale the dominance of the Internet in today’s business world has widened the digital divide, as they lack the means to pay for goods and services electronically.

In the UK around one in six homes pay for their energy usage via a pre-payment meter that must be fed by coins or a cash payment made at a local store. Consumers who buy their energy this way are seldom able to benefit from the most favorable tariffs, which are restricted to those who pay electronically.

Similarly, it is accepted wisdom that when shopping for a range of products, from food to clothes, the best prices are increasingly only available online. For individuals or families who live in the cash economy there are also other challenges associated with this increasing disempowerment. Living “hand-to-mouth” makes it difficult to budget, not only for unexpected expenditures but even for recurring bills such as rent.

Proposed reforms to the UK’s welfare policy will see claimants paid monthly rather than weekly or fortnightly, in an attempt to make the experience of being on benefits more like that of being in work and to encourage better financial planning. Parallel changes that will see housing benefits paid to the claimants rather than directly to their landlords have met with resistance from lessors in the social housing sector who are concerned that this will raise their financial risk and increase the prospect of tenants going into arrears.

But living in the Idea Economy means we have the ability to enable those who have been stuck outside the shop window to walk through the door to economic opportunity.

The reduced cost to serve associated with electronic banking could lead to a new generation of accounts, allowing those on restricted incomes to share in the benefits that the cashless payment models, so central to the Internet, have brought. Such services could include features that allow users to better manage their budgets, for example, by allowing them to create virtual “jam-jars” into which a portion of their income is set aside for important bills such as rent or utilities.

Whilst some financial institutions are still hesitant to embrace the business case for providing banking services to those on limited incomes, new models are emerging that move the cost burden onto the organizations that benefit from serving this demographic. This could include social landlords such as housing associations, or utilities companies that, at a time of rising domestic energy prices, are under increasing political pressure to do more to enable their customers to access the cheapest tariffs.

Through its new Living Progress Challenge, Hewlett Packard Enterprise wants to hear from individuals or organisations with innovative ideas for how software applications and digital services can help improve people’s lives— such as by helping to address the problem of financial exclusion. You can find out more at www.hpe.com/livingprogresschallenge

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Wyndham Worldwide’s Global Sustainability Performance Results in Achieving 2016 Industry Leader and Gold Class Distinction for Excellent Sustainability Performance by RobecoSAM

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Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE: WYN) sustainably accomplishments and performance results have resulted in another achievement. RobecoSAM, the world’s leading investment asset management firm focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, has recognized the Company as an industry leader, earning it the Gold Class Distinction, and is included in the Sustainability Yearbook for the third time in as many years.

The Sustainability Yearbook is the world’s most comprehensive publication on corporate sustainability and lists the world’s most sustainable companies in each industry based on their score in RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). They evaluate a company’s economic, environmental and social factors ranging from supply chain management to labor and human rights practices as well as environmental management.

“With hotels, vacation rentals, timeshare resorts, and corporate offices across over 100 countries, we have the widest range of operations in the hospitality industry, and we are mindful of our footprint and the impact we have on communities,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “Our teams work every day to maximize our social benefits and minimize the environmental impact of doing business. Through innovation and the focus on achieving meaningful change, we continue to set higher expectations for ourselves in delivering great experiences for our customers and strong results for our shareholders, in ways that are responsible to the communities and world around us.”

The Company recently announced it achieved its carbon goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, six years ahead of schedule, and immediately set another goal to reduce carbon and water usage by 25% by 2025. Last year, Wyndham Worldwide was also once again named to the Dow Jones North America and World Sustainability Indices for the third consecutive year and the Index Leader for the hospitality sector for both the North American and World indices.

Since it started in 2004, the Sustainability Yearbook has provided thought-provoking snapshots of the main trends, challenges and opportunities that bridge the gap between corporate social responsibility and sustainability investing. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which have become a global corporate social responsibility benchmark and the key reference point in responsible investments.

“The RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment survey is a key tool for identifying companies that are equipped to identify and respond to emerging opportunities and risks resulting from global environmental and social trends, and is the backbone of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. This elite distinction is a great achievement,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide. “Our success is a reflection of our focus on implementing corporate responsibility initiatives so that we can make a meaningful difference. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint, improving the lives of people we touch and developing innovative solutions to achieve – and exceed – our goals.”

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products 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 7,760 franchised hotels and approximately 672,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professional manager of vacation rentals, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 110,000 vacation properties in over 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 over 210 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 900,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs over 34,000 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.