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WestJet releases Responsible Growth review

Airline also introduces partnership with Carbonzero for carbon offsets

CALGARY, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced the release of its Responsible Growth Review as part of its broader social responsibility platform. The report highlights some of the ways WestJet demonstrated its commitment to corporate responsibility in 2011 and also shares innovative solutions the airline is implementing while acknowledging some of the challenges the airline industry faces relating to the environment. The report can be viewed online by clicking on the "responsible growth" link available at WestJet.

"Corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important to shareholders, consumers and employees," said Mike McNaney, WestJet Vice-President, Environment and Regulatory Affairs. "This review is a precursor to WestJet's 2012 corporate social responsibility report which will be completed using the the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. As a business that puts people first, we are committed to sharing the facts about how we are growing our airline responsibly with our guests, WestJetters, investors and the communities we serve."

WestJet also recently teamed up with Carbonzero, a leading Canadian carbon offsetter. Guests can click on the link provided in their email confirmation to visit to offset their air travel.

"We are excited to launch our new program with Carbonzero," continued Mike McNaney. "Many of our guests are looking for an opportunity to offset their carbon footprint and we are confident that Carbonzero has quality offset programs, based in Canada, which will provide our guests with that opportunity."

WestJet's many environmental initiatives are bearing fruit. WestJet recently announced that the WestJet Campus office building in Calgary has achieved a gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

About WestJet
WestJet is Canada's favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada's best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 97 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 38 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

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