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11/14/2012

Marriott Achieves High Ranking from the Human Rights Campaign

HRCScores 90% on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) a high score of 90 on its annual Corporate Equality Index for 2013. 

The Corporate Equality Index rates employers by conducting an analysis of America’s top workplaces and their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Ratings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies, equal benefits for domestic partners, respectful advertising, and external community outreach.

[Photo: The "For You, We're Marriott" ad campaign launched in September and focuses on African-American, Hispanic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business travelers.  Shown is the LGBT ad, which like the other ads in the campaign champion frequent business travelers, who “conquer their missions on the road without forgetting the important things in life.” The ads also illustrate that Marriott understands the needs of all business travelers and welcomes them, across the global portfolio of Marriott hotels.  The campaign runs through the end of the year.]

“We have long followed our belief that if we take excellent care of associates, in turn, they will take excellent care of our guests,” says David A. Rodriguez, chief human resources officer and chief diversity executive for Marriott International.  “We are unwavering in our conviction that a culture of inclusion that advances respect, growth and opportunity for our associates, customers and other stakeholders is what makes Marriott succeed.”

Marriott’s premier hotels from coast-to-coast frequently host galas and events on behalf of LGBT community leaders including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD, PFLAG, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott also serves as a proud sponsor for these nonprofit organizations, and also as a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, committed to diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses. This year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD for its prestigious Amplifier Award. (Note: To see examples of this campaign and to learn more, please visit www.marriott.com/gaytravel, available to visitors in five languages.)

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition.  In 2009, Marriott launched its website tailored primarily for the LGBT community.

For more information about Marriott’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of over $12 billion in fiscal year 2011.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. There are approximately 300,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties.  Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

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