CARLSON NAMED ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST ADOPTION FRIENDLY WORKPLACES FOR 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Minneapolis — September 14, 2016

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it has been recognized for its employee adoption benefits by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Carlson was ranked in the top 100 on the organization’s 2016 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List and again earned the number one ranking in the hospitality and travel industry category. 

“Carlson is pleased to be recognized once again by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption,” said Susan MacHolda,” senior director, Human Resources. “We pride ourselves on being a company that helps our adoptive families realize their parenting dreams through adoption resources and incentives and to be recognized for the 10thstraight year is a true honor.”

Carlson’s award-winning adoption benefits provide up to six weeks of paid leave per adoption and up to $5,000. The adoption package also includes a comprehensive assistance program that helps employees locate resources, counselling services and support groups.

Since 2008, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has compiled an annual list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces to honor employers who offer the best adoption benefits in the U.S. The rankings, compiled from an annual survey of U.S. employers, are determined by an analysis of each company’s adoption benefits, including the maximum financial reimbursement and the amount of paid leave provided for employees who adopt.

About Carlson
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and is the parent company of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development including: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. CWT is a global leader specializing in business travel management and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes.Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories. More than 100,000 people work for the Carlson brands. For more information visit, www.carlson.com.

About The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for the more than 134,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking. To learn more, visit davethomasfoundation.org, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA, or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact details
Ben Gardeen, Carlson, +1 (763) 212-8129, bgardeen@carlson.com
Carrie Boerio, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, +1 (614) 764-6740 carrie_boerio@davethomasfoundation.org