Disneyland Resort Highlights Commitment to Community, Environment and Workplace in 2008 Report
Resort donates more than $12.4 million, providing support to tens of thousands of individuals and families in Southern California
ANAHEIM, Calif. – March 19, 2009 – The Disneyland Resort has published its 2008 Community Report, which highlights the company's approach to addressing crucial issues related to the environment, the workplace, and the community — with a special emphasis on children and families. The report details the combined outreach efforts and contributions of the Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members, including cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time that totaled more than $12.4 million and touched tens of thousands of lives.
"We are a company known for creativity and innovation and we've applied these concepts not only to our operations and attractions, but also to our approach to community involvement and corporate responsibility," said Ed Grier, Disneyland Resort president. "We give back in a variety of ways that benefit the environment, the community, and our own Cast. I am particularly proud of our 20,000 dedicated and diverse Cast Members who spent nearly 82,000 hours helping others last year."
Disneyland Resort's commitment to assist those in need and to protect the environment was evident through the company and Cast Members' involvement. In 2008:
• Cast Members and Guests recycled more than 5,269 tons of materials.
• Blood donated at Disneyland Resort drives saved 3,306 lives.
• More than $8.6 million of in-kind merchandise and equipment donations were made to schools and community groups and diverted from landfills.
• Disneyland Resort executives served on 47 non-profit and industry boards.
• Nearly 600 children with life-threatening illnesses were granted "wishes" at the Disney Wish Lounge.
Since the company's earliest days, a tradition of community service has been integral to its culture. Walt Disney himself frequently visited children in hospitals and guided resources toward supporting organizations that helped children. The dedication of the new Disneyland Resort Ambulatory Clinic lobby at Children's Hospital of Orange County last May exemplifies this philosophy. The new clinic, funded in part by a $1 million donation from the Disneyland Resort in 2006, continues Walt's legacy of generosity and helps to ensure that children throughout Orange County will continue to receive the critical care at first-rate facilities. Other community partnerships, along with examples of local economic support, can be found in the report.
Disneyland Resort is making concerted efforts to embed environmental stewardship into the decisions and actions of its Cast Members and Guests through its programs and policies. Teams work diligently to identify and understand the impact that Disneyland Resort facilities, operations and products have on the environment. The cornerstones of the Resort's approaches — conserving water, energy and ecosystems, reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action for the environment — are detailed in the report.
Cast Members' growth and success is encouraged and supported through a number of training and development opportunities. In addition, the Resort offers programs that encourage a healthy and balanced lifestyle both in the workplace and at home. The report highlights several initiatives including the "Disney College Program" and "One Simple Change," demonstrating why working for the Disneyland Resort can be a positive, life-changing experience.
To see additional details of Disneyland Resort community involvement or to obtain a copy of the 2008 Community Report, please visit www.disneyland.com/publicaffairs.
About the Disneyland Resort
Located on approximately 500 acres in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort's three hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 988-room Disneyland Hotel and the "day-at-the-beach" fun of the 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. With 20,000 employees, the Disneyland Resort is Orange County's largest employer and a $3.7 billion annual contributor to the local economy. The Resort has welcomed more than 500 million Guests since opening on July 17, 1955. For detailed information about the Disneyland Resort, please visit www.disneyland.com.
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