This week, Hyatt President and CEO Mark Hoplamazian spoke at the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. It's fitting Mark discussed turning points in how corporations conduct business on the very same day that we released our first Corporate Responsibility Report!
Since formally launching Hyatt Thrive last year, Hyatt has spurred its properties and associates to find opportunities to serve our communities better, from installing energy efficient lighting in our hotels to teaming up with Partnership for a Healthier America to improve the nutritional profile of our menus. As Mark wrote in the report, "With more than 480 properties in 45 counties, it's critical that we conduct our business and that our hotels operate in a responsible way that makes a difference."
Our Corporate Responsibility Report also includes stories of how individual hotels and Hyatt associates - the driving force behind Hyatt Thrive - are giving back. Continuing the spirit of Thrive Thursday, we're excited to share another story of how the Boston area Hyatt hotels rallied together this past weekend for Hyatt's Global Volunteer Initiative.
Last Saturday, 40 volunteers from Hyatt Harborside, Hyatt Regency Boston, and Hyatt Regency Cambridge helped swimmers at the Special Olympic Massachusetts Summer Games. Hyatt associates participated in the meet from the starting whistle all the way to the awards tent. Seeing the athletes' excitement first-hand was particularly rewarding!
Laura Picken, marketing manager for the Boston area Hyatt hotels, said her favorite part of the Sumer Games was the supportive environment from the athletes and fans alike. "There was such a contagious amount of excitement and energy throughout the day," she said. "It made us realize how much we take for granted and how you can win personal victories each and every day."
Our community service month continues to rock and roll! Next week, we'll have more Thrive Thursday in store, including a joint corporate office and Chicago area hotel volunteer event in our Uptown neighborhood. Stay tuned!