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Press Release19 September 2019

Hilton Named 2019 Global Industry Leader for Sustainability by DJSI

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MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has been named the global industry leader in sustainability on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), the most prestigious ranking for corporate responsibility and sustainability performance. This recognition marks Hilton's third consecutive year on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


"Since our founding 100 years ago, we have been committed to having a positive impact on the communities where we operate," said Katie Fallon, head of corporate affairs. "To help lead in a sustainable way over the next century of travel, we launched ambitious goals to cut our environmental footprint in half and double our social impact by 2030."

In 2018, Hilton took its longstanding commitment to sustainability even further with its launch of the Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals. In doing so, Hilton also became the first major hotel company to set approved science-based targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce carbon emissions and commit to send zero soap to landfill.

Since 2009, Hilton has made tracking and reporting energy, water and waste a brand standard across all of its hotels through LightStay, a proprietary corporate responsibility measurement software. Over the past decade, Hilton hotels have measured a 34% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions and a 20% reduction in water consumption and reduced waste to landfill by 41% through LightStay. Hilton also has the world's largest building portfolio certified to ISO standards for energy and environmental management.

Alongside these efforts, the company also launched the Hilton Effect Foundation with the mission of creating a better world to travel. The Hilton Effect Foundation is currently activated to help with Hurricane Dorian disaster relief in the Bahamas.

To learn more about Hilton's Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy and 2030 Goals, please visit

About Travel with Purpose

Travel with Purpose is Hilton's corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our social impact investment and cut our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton's nearly 5,900 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance measurement system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton's global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit to learn more.

About Hilton Effect Foundation

The Hilton Effect Foundation is Hilton's primary international philanthropic arm. The Foundation is a non-profit established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. Foundation grants are awarded throughout the year based on Hilton's strategic priorities and 2030 Goals - in accordance with tax and legal requirements. The Foundation will support grants that have a positive impact on travel destinations around the world, to ensure they remain vibrant and resilient for generations to come. Visit for more information.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,600 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2020 World"s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2020 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 118 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can"t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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