Hilton Brands to Recycle 1 Million Bars of Soap by Global Handwashing Day

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MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and All Suites
brands are launching the Clean
the World Challenge
in partnership with Clean
the World
, a global health leader dedicated to sustainability and
water, sanitization and health. Embassy
Suites by Hilton
, Hilton
Garden Inn
, Hampton
by Hilton
, Homewood
Suites by Hilton
and Home2
Suites by Hilton
will challenge hotel owners and Team Members to
collect bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycled into 1 million
bars of new soap by Global Handwashing Day (October 15) for Clean
the World
to distribute to communities in need.

“As one of the world’s most hospitable companies, we are always looking
for ways to have a positive impact in the communities where we develop
and serve millions of guests each year,” said Bill Duncan, global head,
All Suites and Focused Service category, Hilton. “Our hotels were among
the first in the industry to participate in soap recycling and have
remained leaders in the global hygiene revolution, making the world a
more hospitable place by empowering our Team Members and guests to
eradicate preventable hygiene-related illnesses.”

Clean the World’s mission aligns with Hilton’s Travel with Purpose
initiative, the company’s corporate responsibility strategy. By
2030
, Hilton commits to cut its environmental footprint in half to
help protect the planet and double its social impact investment to drive
positive change in communities. As part of these goals, Hilton has
committed to send zero soap to landfill in addition to Hilton’s brand
standards
for Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton
by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton brands
across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

“Hilton understands the urgent need for recycled soap donation and
hygiene education in communities all over the world, and they have been
a great partner of ours for many years,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and
chief executive officer, Clean the World. “As many as 2.3 billion people
around the world lack basic sanitation and more than 3,500 children die
from preventable hygiene-related illnesses every day. This challenge
will make a meaningful difference for countless people in need.”

Through its soap recycling partnership with Clean the World, Hilton has
contributed to the distribution of more than 7.6 million bars of
recycled soap, resulting in more than 2 million pounds of soap and
amenity bottles being diverted from landfills. The discarded soap is
crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars. Bathroom amenity bottles
are repurposed for hygiene kits or recycled. By recycling these
products, Clean the World provides soap to those in need, ultimately
preventing diseases and reducing mortality rates around the world.

Clean the World was founded in 2009 with a mission to save lives while
simultaneously protecting the environment by providing recycled soap and
other hygienic products to families in need. Over the last decade, the
organization has contributed toward a 60 percent reduction in the death
rate of children under the age of five dying due to hygiene-related
illnesses. Hilton has worked with Clean the World since its launch to
help overcome this epidemic in various countries, as well as in times of
natural disasters.

For more information on the Clean the World Challenge, visit HiltonCleansTheWorld.com.
To learn more about Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate
responsibility strategy, visit cr.hilton.com,
and for more on Clean the World, visit cleantheworld.org.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio
of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with
nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to
fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton
earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list and has welcomed
more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the
award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 85 million
members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits,
including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and
Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for
more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook,
Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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 more than 5,600 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 cr.hilton.com to
learn more.

About Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of
saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting
hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling
centers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Canada, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and Punta
Cana and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap
and hygiene products from more than 8,000 hotel and resort partners. The
organization benefits children and families in countries with a high
pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia)
and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of
children under the age of five. Since 2009, Clean the World’s foundation
has distributed more than 48 million bars of soap in 127 countries and
has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and
WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene) education programs. More
information: CleantheWorld.org.



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