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Brigitta Witt

Brigitta Witt

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

As Hyatt's vice president of corporate responsibility since 2007, Brigitta leads the company's global environmental stewardship, philanthropy, community engagement and disaster relief programs. Brigitta also serves as the executive director of the Hyatt Thrive Foundation. She believes that all of us are guests on our planet and she loves working in an industry where she has the opportunity to affect positive change around the world. Brigitta loves travel and adventure – but now that she's a new mom, she is also quite content spending quality time anywhere with her son and husband.

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April 28, 2015
Hyatt Thrive

Supporting Nepal’s Relief Efforts

As the world continues to focus on the devastating situation in Nepal, we want to provide updates based on what we are hearing from the team at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.

The hotel’s staff continues to work tirelessly since the quake struck to support guests, colleagues, and neighbors. More than 1,000 people have set up temporary shelter on the hotel’s adjacent land and grounds, thanks to Hyatt Regency Kathmandu’s ownership.

Hotel staff are also working with engineers to certify the building is safe. Once deemed safe, the hotel will host several of the international organizations responding to the quake, which plan to use the hotel and its facilities as a base for relief operations.

To help support the community, Hyatt has also announced a $100,000 USD donation to Mercy Corps, our global humanitarian relief partner, in their emergency efforts to provide immediate care and long-term recovery of the affected communities.

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April 27, 2015
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Our Heart Goes Out to Nepal

We are deeply saddened by the tragic situation in Nepal, and our hearts and our thoughts are heavy with grief and concern for our associates, our guests, our neighbors, and all who have suffered through this terrible event.

We were finally able to reach Hyatt Regency Kathmandu’s general manager, following yet another powerful tremor, and her firsthand stories are heartbreaking.

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September 18, 2014
Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro Opens Doors to the Community Even Before Guests

It’s hard to believe that one year ago, Hyatt launched a new corporate philanthropy program, Ready to Thrive, as an extension of global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive.  With a focus on literacy and career readiness, Ready to Thrive has taken shape in a number of ways and through various collaborations with nonprofit partners across the globe.  One particularly special example of this commitment is taking place in Rio de Janerio where a new Grand Hyatt hotel is scheduled to open in 2015.

Before even opening their doors to guests, this hotel has made big plans to open their doors to the local community.  With the initial donation from Hyatt of $750,000, the team is engaging two local nonprofits, AlfaSol and Roda Vida, to support career readiness and education programs for low-income youth in the community.

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September 4, 2014
Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Hyatt Unveils New 2020 Vision for Environmental Stewardship

At Hyatt, we are committed to caring for our colleagues, our guests and our communities. This simple idea has led us on an exciting journey to challenge our current way of thinking and operating and to create a bold new 2020 Vision for our commitment to environmental stewardship.

This vision builds on the extensive progress that Hyatt has made over the years to reduce energy and water consumption, produce less waste, build greener hotels and protect the natural resources in our communities around the world. Our 2020 Vision will help us to expand our scope and continue to position Hyatt as a leader in the industry when it comes to environmental stewardship.

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Team celebrates Earth Day with a local trash pick up.

August 7, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: Hyatt Regency Hangzhou and Environmental Sustainability

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of visiting several of our hotels in Asia to talk about the future of environmental sustainability at Hyatt. Our colleagues in China have always been at the forefront of environmental stewardship and visiting each property brought a renewed energy and inspiration to our efforts.

During my trip, the team at Hyatt Regency Hangzhou really stood out for their tireless commitment to reducing their impacts and engaging colleagues in awareness. Most notably, the team has reduced energy consumption by more than 18% and water consumption by more than 25% compared to 2006 – quite an impressive achievement.

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June 26, 2014
Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Update on Typhoon Relief in the Philippines

Photo Above: Skye Fitzgerald for Mercy Corps

Many remember when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – the most powerful typhoon ever recorded at landfall – killed more than 6,200 people in the Philippines and left thousands homeless. In a matter of days, Hyatt launched a global fundraising campaign with Mercy Corps, a leading global humanitarian agency, to support disaster relief. The response far exceeded our expectations: together, we raised more than $267,000 for Mercy Corps, including more than $92,000 from our colleagues and guests.

Today, more than seven months after the disaster, we are thrilled to say the unbelievable kindness and generosity of our colleagues and Hyatt Gold Passport members has made a real difference.

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May 29, 2014
Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Shining a Light on Hyatt Thrive Leadership Award Winners

This week, we’re continuing to shine a light on the incredible hotel teams that have earned prestigious Hyatt Thrive Leadership Awards for their commitment to the planet and their communities. You’ve already heard my perspective about what makes our winners in the distinct environmental sustainability and community engagement categories so incredible, so today is the big reveal of the final “Doing It All” category!

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May 15, 2014
Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Announcing Hyatt Thrive Leadership Awards

We recently celebrated our annual awards season at Hyatt – recognizing those colleagues who are truly committed to delivering on Hyatt’s values. Among the few but prestigious awards bestowed, I had the good fortune of naming the recipients of our annual Hyatt Thrive Leadership Awards. Caring for our planet and our neighbors is central to who we are as a company, and I always look forward to recognizing those who go above and beyond.

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