Rezidor named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies 2013

Brussels | March 6, 2013

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, remains one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies: The US-think tank Ethisphere has awarded Rezidor for the fourth consecutive year for real and sustained ethical leadership.

“We are extremely proud that we have been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies since 2010. Receiving this award for the fourth year in a row underlines our long term commitment to Responsible Business. A strong ethics programme is a key component to a successful business model, and we continue to scrutinize our ethical standards to keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.

Through in-depth research and a multi-step analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers.

“Not only did more companies apply for the World's Most Ethical Companies recognition this year than any year in the past, but we are also seeing more companies be proactive and create new initiatives that expand ethics programs and cultures across entire industries”, said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere. “We are excited to see the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies take these leadership positions, and embrace the correlation between ethical behaviour and improved financial performance.”

Rezidor’s group-wide Responsible Business Programme has its roots as far back as 1989. Besides the respect for social and ethical issues within the company the programme also focuses on health and safety for guests and employees, and on a reduced negative impact on the environment. The Responsible Business Programme is compulsory to all employees and hotels, and is also reflected in the “Always Care” motto of Rezidor’s renowned Safety & Security Programme TRIC=S. The group supports charity organizations such as World Childhood foundation, and has signed to the UN Global Compact. One of the latest developments within the Responsible Business Programme is the ambitious and engaging project “Think Planet” that targets 25% energy consumption savings across the group by 2016.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of more than 430 hotels in operation and under development with 95,000 rooms in 70 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor operates and develops the lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni, and following a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Regent Hotels & Resorts in September 2012, Rezidor also develops and operates new Regent hotels in EMEA.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information visit www.rezidor.com

About Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere® Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. Ethisphere provides the only third-party verifications of compliance programs and ethical cultures that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at www.ethisphere.com.

For more information, please contact:
Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business; inge.huijbrechts@rezidor.com
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication; christiane.reiter@rezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Senior Director Corporate Communication, renu.snehi@rezidor.com

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