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About Orbitz Engaged
Orbitz Engaged is a corporate citizenship program that supports matters of social importance and causes that help make the world a better place to travel.
Sustainable Travel & Tourism Best Practices: By promoting hybrid rental cars and eco-friendly hotels on our Green Getaways site, our company is focused on making travel more sustainable for the communities that welcome our travelers into their cities, towns and villages. Locally in our hometown of Chicago, the Orbitz team is a perennial leader in the annual Bike Commuter Challenge that encourages alternative forms of transportation. Through workplace incentives, over 55 percent of employees at our Chicago corporate headquarters routinely take public transportation to work each day, and globally many of our employees also rely on public transportation to commute to work.
Disaster Relief and Volunteer Vacations: Orbitz is committed to supporting the tourism communities that help make our industry possible and providing travel support to respond to natural disasters. Our company has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel to organizations like the United Way and Doctors Without Borders to respond to events like the 2012 earthquake in Haiti to send doctors, volunteers and relief workers to aid in immediate and long-term disaster relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. After events like the Gulf Oil spill, Hurricane Sandy and forest fires in Colorado, Orbitz joined with local tourism and government Volunteer Vacations that allow travelers to give back to communities in need.
Regardless of the cause, all Orbitz Worldwide employees may take two paid Volunteer Release Days per calendar year, in order to support any organizations with which they are personally involved.
Community Support: As proud Chicagoans, Orbitz is dedicated to keeping top technology talent close to home and mentoring the next generation of technologists.
Orbitz is a member of ChicagoNEXT, which seeks to positively impact new venture formation in Chicago and to accelerate the growth and/or expansion ofestablished businesses, and we are a proud partner of Urban Alliance, an organization that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring. In December 2012, Chicago Tech Academy High School awarded its "Beyond the Books Award" to Orbitz in recognition of the company's mentoring efforts.
Furthermore, Orbitz Worldwide routinely donates high quality, refurbished laptops to organizations including Chicago Public Schools, United Neighborhood Organization, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Arlington Free Clinic, Pilotage International, Avenues to Independence, Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, and One World Adoption Services.
Military and Veterans Hiring: Orbitz was one of the original members of the travel industry’s coalition to support the Joining Forces initiative launched in 2012 to encourage the hiring of military veterans and military spouses. To date more than 200 customer service agents have been recruited to assist Orbitz customers and support various business units. Our industry-leading customer care unit, which provides airline schedule change alerts to our customers, is staffed by former Defense Department air traffic controllers who bring skills and efficiencies that help our travelers around the world. We continue to support this initiative through our internal hiring practices and our collaboration with vendors.
Promoting a Culture of Inclusion: Orbitz proudly stands for non-discrimination policies in the workplace and the community. In fact, Orbitz is the only company to win two GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising and we are the only online travel agency to earn a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for six consecutive years. Our commitment to a policy of non-discrimination includes employment practices and workplace diversity policies, incorporating our portal for gay and lesbian travel and our support for numerous organizations within the gay, lesbian and transgender communities.