WestJet issues fourth corporate social responsibility report

Report using Global Reporting Initiative released today

CALGARY, Aug. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - WestJet today released its combined 2013 and 2014 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, Building on success, using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework to outline economic, environmental and social performance.

"WestJet maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility, especially within the communities we serve," said Mike McNaney, WestJet Vice-President, Industry, Corporate and Airport Affairs. "In the 2013 and 2014 CSR report, our reporting guidelines have doubled from 10 to 20 indicators. This demonstrates our goal to further our company transparency and commitment to these communities by providing as detailed communication as possible."

Information contained in this report covers the period of January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014, unless otherwise stated. The GRI provides WestJet with thorough reporting of key performance indicators by which the company can measure corporate social responsibility. The 2013 and 2014 CSR report addresses indicators compatible with GRI's application level B+. The 2013 and 2014 report is based on 20 performance indicators, while previous reports gauged performance based on 10 indicators.

The report spans over two years to align more closely with the timing of WestJet's annual report, and provides coverage across all areas of the company. This report is an accessible reflection of WestJet's commitment to enriching the lives of everyone in its world.

The Global Reporting Initiative is an independent global organization that works with the United Nations Environment Program to make sustainability reporting standard practice. GRI produces a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world to promote greater organizational transparency. The framework sets out the principles and indicators organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental and social performance. GRI is committed to continuously improving and increasing the use of the guidelines, which are freely available to the public. For more information, please visit globalreporting.org.

WestJet's 2013 and 2014 CSR report - the third using GRI guidelines - can be found at westjet.com.

About WestJet
We are proud to be Canada's highest-rated airline for customer service, powered by an award-winning culture of care and recognized as one of the country's top employers. We offer scheduled service to 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. Through our regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, we offer our guests more than 120 destinations in more than 20 countries. Leveraging WestJet's extensive network, flight schedule and remarkable guest experience, WestJet Vacations delivers affordable, flexible travel experiences with a variety of accommodation options for every guest. Members of our WestJet Rewards program earn WestJet dollars on flights, vacation packages and more. Our members use WestJet dollars towards the purchase of WestJet flights and vacation packages on any day, at any time, to any WestJet destination with no blackout periods  ̶  even on seat sales. For more information about everything WestJet, please visit westjet.com.

Recent recognition includes:
2015 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
2014 Interbrand Canada's Best Canadian Brands (Rank #20)
2014 Brands of the Year (Strategy magazine)
2014 Canada's Most Preferred Airline (Ipsos)
2014 Value Airline of the Year (Air Transport World magazine)
2014/2013/2012 Canada's Most Attractive Employer (Randstad)
2014/2013 WestJet RBC MasterCard ranked #1 in Canada (Money Sense magazine and RewardsCanada.ca)
2014/2013/2012/2011 Highest equity score: airline, vacation package supplier brands (Harris/Decima EquiTrend Study)

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