HILTON WORLDWIDE CELEBRATES SUSTAINABILITY WITH ‘SOAP FOR HOPE’ INITIATIVE FOR ANNUAL GLOBAL MONTH OF SERVICE
- Local Volunteers Join Thousands of Global Team Members By Supporting Global Soap Recycling Project –
- Volunteers in Dubai produced a remarkable 200 bars of soap -
DUBAI, UAE – OCTOBER 20, 2015 – In celebration of Hilton Worldwide’s annual Global Month of Service, more than 100 volunteers from Hilton Worldwide’s offices and hotels in Dubai participated in an event focused on Soap for Hope, a soap recycling initiative developed by Diversey, a provider of cleaning and hygiene products to the institutional marketplace. Diversey is a brand of Sealed Air Corporation under its Diversey Care Division.
As part of the company’s commitment to repurposing used goods for community needs, more than 100 Hilton Worldwide Team Members from across the company’s seven hotels in Dubai today joined children from Al Garhoud National Charity School to receive training on soap recycling, producing a remarkable 200 bars of soap. Today’s event contributes to ongoing efforts led by Hilton Worldwide’s UAE hotels, which have partnered with Diversey to create more than 27,500 new bars of soap since June 2014.
Speaking from the Global Month of Service event in Dubai, Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa, remarked: “Global Month of Service is a great opportunity for us to join together to make a real difference in our local communities and this year, we are celebrating our regional success across MEA, where we have helped produce more than 400,000 bars of recycled soap!
“To see our Team Members and local community members actively take part in this challenge is inspiring, as we seek to empower visitors to Travel with Purpose – by living sustainably and strengthening local communities around the world,” concluded Jagersbacher.
Since 2011, more than 700 Hilton Worldwide properties globally have processed more than one million bars of soap through the company’s global partnership with Diversey and Clean the World, and initiatives such as Soap for Hope.
“Soap for Hope demonstrates the massive potential that simple recycling can have in creating shared value for society, with Hilton Worldwide showcasing the importance it places on contributing to communities by encouraging teams around the world to embrace Soap for Hope. It is a pleasure to join this year’s Global Month of Service activity in Dubai to see this commitment come to life,” commented Varun Asser & Rosario Fernandes of Diversey, who manage the sustainability arm of the organization in the UAE.
Global Month of Service is Hilton Worldwide’s largest annual community service initiative and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of Team Members from every region to engage in numerous volunteer events and activities happening around the world. Volunteers offer their time to support a wide range of projects including conserving natural resources, mentoring and training young people, creating amenity care packages for communities in need, collecting surplus food and distributing to underserved communities and aiding local communities devastated by disaster.
Since its inaugural service celebration in 2012, Hilton volunteers have provided support to more than 6,700 projects worldwide contributing more than 300,000 hours of community service. Last year in just one week, Hilton hosted more than 3,500 projects in 86 countries, volunteering more than 150,000 hours. The company aims to complete 3,750 projects across its global footprint.
Team Members are encouraged to share their personal stories of hospitality and community service. Throughout the month, photos, videos and stories will be posted at www.hiltonworldwide.com/serve, on the Hilton Worldwide Facebook page and on the @HiltonWorldwide Twitter account.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide,
About Travel with Purpose
Travel with Purpose is Hilton Worldwide's commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit cr.hiltonworldwide,com for more information.