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Preserving Environment

Protecting the environment through efficient operations and innovative partnerships.

Environmental challenges have an impact on the wellbeing of people and ecosystems around the world. As a global business, we play a role in addressing these challenges by focusing on our areas of greatest impact. We strive to operate as efficiently as possible across our entire value chain. This includes identifying high impact areas where we can improve, establishing operational goals and effective policies, partnerships and programs and developing measurement and reporting tools to monitor our progress.

Issue

Growing Resource Constraints

Businesses in transport, tourism, finance, food, and other sectors, will depend on their ability to manage the major risks posed by climate change, depleted natural resources, the loss of biodiversity, and extreme weather conditions.

50% Natural capital is reduced at an annual rate of 50% more than the earth can replenish.1

Natural capital is reduced at an annual rate of 50% more than the earth can replenish.1

Response

Improving our Environmental Performance to Conserve Resources and Minimize our Impact

We mobilize Hilton Team Members and franchise employees to build a more integrated sustainability culture across Hilton, encouraging environmentally-smart choices both inside and outside of work. We use LightStay to measure against our goals, share best practices and recognize our hotels for their continuous improvement.

4,500 Hotels Hilton is the first global hospitality company to be certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and 9001 for Quality Management across our entire hotel portfolio.

Hilton is the first global hospitality company to be certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and 9001 for Quality Management across our entire hotel portfolio.

Newsweek and Forbes Recognition

Recognized in 2015 by Forbes as a Top 50 Green Brand and by Newsweek as one of the Top Green Companies in the World.

Energy

Energy is essential to operating our hotels successfully and creating exceptional guests experiences. Energy efficiency is also one of the key strategies to ensuring a low carbon future and more secure energy supply for both society and our business.

Issue

56% Growth

World energy consumption is projected to grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040 according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA)2

Action

14.5% Reduction

Reduced our energy use by 14.5% since 2009.

Action

100% Certified

Earned global certification for Energy Management (ISO 50001) for all hotels and corporate offices using LightStay.

Action

Action

Energy reduction per sq. ft.

Since 2009 we have driven ongoing energy reduction across the portfolio (normalized based on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Total kBTU per occupied room

Expanded efforts to reduce energy use per occupied room (actuals based on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Celebrating Earth Hour

Hilton Team Members and franchise employees enthusiastically support Earth Hour each March with hundreds of teams organizing energy-saving projects around the world.

Water

Water is a finite resource that is critical to basic human survival. Studies show that demand is projected to exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030, and in the next 15 years, nearly two thirds of the world’s population will live in areas of significant water stress3, a challenge that has become increasingly obvious in the last few years.

Issue

67% At Risk

By 2025, 67% of the world population could live under water stress conditions.3

Action

14.1% Reduction

Reduced water use by 14.1% since 2009.

Action

4,144 Saved

Saved enough water to fill 4,144 olympic swimming pools (normalized reductions against 2008 base year).

Action

Action

Water use reductions

We continually focus on ways to reduce our overall water consumption (calculated on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Gallons per occupied room

We continue to drive water conservation and reduce our global footprint (actuals based on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Committed to Water Stewardship

Collaborating with WWF to develop an industry-leading multi-year water stewardship strategy.

Waste

The World Bank estimates that global urban populations create 1.6 billion tons of solid waste per year, and more than half of that ends up in landfills. In the United States, the hospitality industry alone produces 1.9 billion pounds of waste annually.

Issue

70% Increase

Global solid waste generation is on pace to increase 70 percent by 2025 according to the World Bank.4

Action

27.6% Reduction

Reduced waste output by 27.6% since 2009.

Action

4,500 Hotels

As part of our commitment to reducing our waste to landfill, we created RePurpose, a comprehensive waste strategy.

Action

Action

Waste Intensity Pounds per occupied room

Our hotels around the world continue to reduce waste (actuals based on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Reduced Food Waste

Collaborating with WWF to reduce food waste in our operations and supply chain.

Action

Action

Reduced Soap Waste

Collaborating with soap recyclers including Clean the World to repurpose more than 600,000 pounds of soap.

Carbon

Businesses play a key role in taking action to reduce carbon emissions both in their operations and value chains. Hilton is committed to growing a low-carbon future by investing in renewable energy sources and partnering with our suppliers to tackle our shared carbon footprint.

Issue

50% Increase

Without more ambitious policies, GHG emissions will increase by another 50% by 2050, primarily driven by a projected 70% growth in CO2 emissions from energy use according to the OECD.5

Action

20.9% Reduction

Reduced carbon output by 20.9% since 2009.

Action

9,400 Metric Tons

Offset almost 9,400 metric tons of carbon through our Clean Air Program and other voluntary offsets.

Action

Action

CO2 Emissions pounds per occupied room

We continue to reduce CO2 emissions across our global portfolio (actuals based on year over year percentage change).

Action

Action

Carbon Reductions

Reduced enough carbon to remove 128,725 cars from the road globally.

Action

Action

Carbon Disclosure Project

Disclosing our emissions data with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2015 we earned a disclosure and performance score of 97-B.

Responsible Sourcing

As a global hotel company that purchases food and beverage, linens, amenities, beds and energy, sourcing is a complex and often decentralized issue. Our suppliers extend beyond 97 countries and span multiple industries, legal contexts and infrastructure challenges. We depend on safe, high-quality and affordable supplies, amenities and raw materials to meet the demands of our operations and the expectations of our guests to deliver consistent and exceptional experiences.

Issue

68% Agree

A McKinsey survey revealed that 68% of global executives believe supply chain risk will increase in the coming five years.6

Action

4,500 Hotels

In 2014, we banned the use of shark fin at all 4,500 hotels globally and paved the way for a more comprehensive sustainable seafood strategy.

Action

4,000+ Suppliers

Purchasing goods and services from more than 4,000 women, minority and veteran-owned businesses.

Action

Action

Meet with Purpose

Offering sustainable meeting options at hotels across the Americas.

Action

Action

Local Sourcing

Building programs with local farmers to offer local sourcing options in 11 major cities in Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada.

Action

Action

Responsible Sourcing

Updated our Responsible Sourcing Policy, setting expectations for suppliers around the world and across our value chain.

Environment Case Studies

We are proud to highlight our Travel with Purpose Action Grant winners around the world.

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