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Marriott International Honored for Excellent Work-life Programs

2014-Seal-DistinctionCompany receives 2014 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress

Bethesda, Md., April 11, 2014 -WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) has recognized Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) with a 2014 Work-Life Seal of Distinction. The seal is a mark of excellence in work-life effectiveness. Sixty-seven organizations received the honor this year. Marriott is among 17 companies that have received the Seal of Distinction every year since its inception in 2012.

“We are honored to be recognized once again by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress for work-life excellence,” said David Rodriguez, global chief human resources officer. “Taking care of our associates is at the heart of Marriott’s core values, and this acknowledgement by AWLP reflects the achievements of the company’s work-life commitment.”

This year's Work-Life Seal of Distinction honorees are an impressive group of employers that clearly understand the business value of investing in the people who do the work," said Kathie Lingle, WLCP, executive director, WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress.

The AWLP Seal of Distinction assesses the seven categories of work-life effectiveness that comprise a best-in-class work-life portfolio in today's workplace:

  • Caring for dependents
  • Health and Wellness
  • Workplace flexibility
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational culture

This year's winners represent a variety of industries including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, and hail from 20 states and the District of Columbia.

About WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress®
WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress advances work-life as part of an integrated total rewards strategy. This alliance defines and acknowledges best practices and innovation, facilitates dialogue and elevates work-life thought leadership. Each year, the alliance leads a national awareness initiative celebrating October as National Work & Family Month. Recognizing that work-life encompasses a wide array of programs, the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals established the Work-Life Certified Professional (WLCP® designation) in 2007.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR)  is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013. Marriott International operates and manages hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts, which, in total, comprise more than 4,000 properties in 79 countries. There are approximately 330,000 employees at headquarters, and at 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, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott: Good Business is Ethical Business

Ethisphere-logo-2014Lodging Leader Named as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company.

Bethesda, Md., March 20, 2014 Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has been named as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. This is the seventh time that Marriott has received this award.

Acting with integrity is a core value for the company’s leadership and associates around the world. “How we do business is just as important as the business we do,” is a hallmark of Marriott’s approach and frames how ethical practices are deeply embedded in the company’s heritage and culture.

“Ethisphere’s tenet that ‘ethics drives performance’ resonates with us and aligns with Marriott’s approach to doing business continually with integrity,” said Ed Ryan, executive vice president and general counsel of Marriott International. “Maintaining high ethical standards is important to our competitive advantage and to maintaining strong relationships with our shareholders, owners and guests and attracting and retaining the best associates in the industry.”

“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Marriott joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Marriott International for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).

The full list of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:

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Accolades Abound for Marriott International in Europe

Europe Best Employer & Sunday Times Best CompaniesMarch 10, 2014 A series of high profile accolades have been awarded to Marriott International in the UK, Germany and Portugal, firmly establishing its position as a top employer in Europe.  For the seventh consecutive year, Marriott features on the Sunday Times “25 Best Big Companies to Work For” list, this year climbing one place to sixth overall.  This award follows two further awards; Focus magazine in Germany and Exame magazine in Portugal. 

Sunday Times Marriott pictureAccording to the Sunday Times, ‘making people feel at home’ is what Marriott International does best. It also recognised Marriott for providing opportunities for personal development, having a strong social conscience and developing good managers.  Marriott associates said that the company is run on strong principles and they are proud to work for it, gaining 81% positive scores on both counts.  Associates also said that the experience they gain working for Marriott bodes well for their future (79% place Marriott amongst the four highest scoring companies) and believe they can make a real contribution to the success of the business (83%).  Finally, Marriott was recognised for its global “associate appreciation week,” in which employees are thanked and recognised for their efforts.

Focus magazine in Germany, a reputable business magazine, in collaboration with the employer rating platform and social network site, awarded Marriott fifth place in the Hospitality, Restaurants, Entertainment, Fitness & Tourism section and 55th place out of the 800 companies reviewed, competing with leading companies like Audi and BMW.  Thousands of respondents gave ratings on leadership qualities, career prospects and willingness to recommend their employer.

In Portugal, The Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort was selected as the Best Company to Work For in Portugal in the hospitality segment and ranked fifth overall out of 100 companies, as selected by Accenture and the leading economics magazine, Exame.  Competing against thousands of other entries, the hotel excelled in several categories.  

“We are committed to our core value of ‘Putting People First’ and firmly believe that this commitment is the hallmark to our success as a business,” commented Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “To be included in the ‘Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ list for the seventh year running is a fantastic achievement, but to also be awarded and recognised with two further accolades as an ‘employer of choice’ in both Germany and Portugal is incredibly motivating.   These awards are testament to the ongoing dedication and enthusiasm of our workforce which, in turn, positively impacts the guest experience and ensures that we continuously offer a service that surpasses expectations.”

In addition to every day work responsibilities, associates are encouraged to involve themselves in their community and participate in annual company sponsored volunteer activities.  To date, Marriott associates in Europe have volunteered more than 13,000 hours and helped raise over €500,000 to support Marriott’s charitable partners, The Prince’s Trust in the UK and SOS Children’s Villages in Continental Europe. 

Marriott has long been recognised as a great place to work by several prominent publications.  For a full list of other awards and recognition, visit

The 2014“Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For List”, announced online on the 2nd March, and its sister award, the “Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For” list, recognise the best employers in the United Kingdom, based on employee’s own assessments on how they are valued and invested in by their company.  This year 250,000 employees from 897 companies entered the process.

For more details on the award, visit

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Marriott Leads the Industry on FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies List

Marriott International named a FORTUNE Most Admired CompanyHighest ranked Washington metro area company.

Bethesda, Md., February 27, 2014 - For the 14th time, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has been ranked the World’s Most Admired Lodging Company by FORTUNE.   Ranking 39 out of the top 50 companies across the globe, Marriott is also the highest ranked company on the list in its headquarters region, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  

FORTUNE Cover - 3.17.14Already ranked by FORTUNE earlier this year as one of “The Best Places to Work”, the ranking on The World’s Most Admired List is even more prestigious as is it the gauge by which corporate reputation is measured. The list will appear in the March 18 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands now and at

Marriott ranked #1 in four of nine reputation attributes identified by FORTUNE:  people management; social responsibility; quality of management; and financial soundness.

“Being named to this list is a direct result of our company's core values and our associates who are dedicated to demonstrating these values every day in our hotels around the world," said Carl Berquist, executive vice president and CFO for Marriott.  “We are honored to be recognized for our best-in-class brands, business model, strong leadership team and our corporate citizenship." 

Marriott’s corporate responsibility practices have also been recognized by Ethisphere Institute, FTSE4Good, The Keystone Center and Climate Counts.  For a list of other awards and recognition, visit

The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. The Hay Group facilitates the survey, starting with approximately 1,400 companies across the globe.  To create the 57 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall, the Hay Group asked the 3,800 respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most, from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25 percent in last year's survey, plus those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry, which is why some results may seem anomalous.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott Named to "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women" List

NAFE 2009 1Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the Women's Leadership Development Initiative.

Bethesda, Md., February 6, 2014
- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, has been recognized by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the country’s top 50 companies for employing executive women. Marriott was ranked in the top 10 on this prestigious list, which recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women. [Photo: Shonda Johnson (center) Area General Manager - Detroit, accepting NAFE award from Working Mother Media representatives.]

“We are delighted to be recognized once again by NAFE as a leader in developing women executives,” said David Rodriguez, chief global human resources officer. “Taking care of our associates is at the heart of Marriott’s core values, and this acknowledgement by NAFE reflects the achievements of the company’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.”

Founded in 1999, the Marriott’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative aims to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions by engaging senior leaders to ensure career development, as well as encouraging current female leaders to drive organizational success.

Across the globe at Marriott, women comprise nearly 60 percent of management.  At least nine women lead divisions worth more than $100 million annually, and female executives on the rise take advantage of a wide variety of dedicated development programs, which offer everything from formal mentoring and coaching to leadership training and succession planning.

Marriott’s emphasis on talent development as well as availability of flexible scheduling for working mothers has landed the company on several leading best places to work lists, including FORTUNE, Working Mother, and LATINA Style.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

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M&C: Meetings and Conventions Named 26 Marriott Convention & Resort Network Properties as 2013 Gold Key Award Winners

NY-Marriott-MarquisMore Than Double The Awards of its Competitors.  

Bethesda, Md., January 27, 2014 – Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network (CRN) – an integrated network of over 60 JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott and Gaylord Hotels that provides the ultimate meeting experience for meeting planners – is pleased to announce that 26 of its Network hotels and resorts have received Gold Key Awards by M&C: Meetings and Conventions magazine. For over 30 years, this award has been given to properties for their overall excellence in serving meetings and events.

JW-Marriott-San-Antonio-Hill-Country-Grand-Oaks“Marriott’s Convention & Resort Network is dedicated to providing outstanding meeting experiences for groups, and we are thrilled that 26 of our Network hotels and resorts have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to delivering first-class service for planners,” said Dave Nostrand, Vice President, Sales, The Americas. “This year, we are extremely proud to announce that CRN received twice as many Gold Key Awards than our competitors, which is a great accomplishment within the meetings industry.”

All the winners were nominated and selected by the readers of M&C: Meeting and Conventions, who based their votes on the overall professionalism and quality of the property. Meeting planners selected their winning properties based on strict industry criteria including: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; food and beverage service; technical equipment and more. A total of 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts were honored, and the winning hotels and resorts were also featured in the November 2013 issue of M&C: Meetings and Conventions’ in a special Gold Awards section.  

The list of the 26 Convention & Resort Network’s M&C: Meetings and Conventions Gold Key Award recipients include:

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

M&C: Meetings and Conventions ( is a division of NORTHSTAR Travel Media LLC, publishers of worldwide directories, periodicals, electronic products, and destination information services for the travel, meetings and hospitality industry.

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Marriott International Soars in FORTUNE ‘Best Companies to Work For’ List

FORTUNE - 100 Best Companies to Work ForBethesda, Md., January 16, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has once again been named one of FORTUNE magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For," maintaining its “All Star” status as one of only 13 companies that have appeared on the list every year since it began in 1998. Marriott associates cite the company’s ‘people first’ culture, breadth of career opportunities and ability to meet new people as contributing to the company’s ranking as third largest company by number of employees on the list, and #57 overall. The full 2014 list is available at

“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Marriott’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “As a hospitality company, how we support our associates directly correlates to superior customer service for our guests around the world. That is the foundation of our ‘people-first’ company culture and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

Marriott’s company culture attracts top talent and those stars tell their peers. Thirty percent of new hires are referred by existing associates. “Each day I have the opportunity to work with experienced professionals who are interested in maintaining the highest quality to keep our company strong and growing,” says one Marriott associate when responding to the FORTUNE survey. “Marriott does a good job of promoting from within, and individuals at all different levels are willing to share their knowledge and mentor others.”  

Marriott offers one of the largest and most engaging careers sites. Job seekers can experience the company’s award-winning culture by connecting through Marriott Jobs and Careers Facebook. With 1.1 million fans, it is the top careers page on Facebook across all industries.  This active online community is hosted by over 30 Marriott HR professionals who provide insights about the company and can answer your questions before you apply for a job.

More about Marriott’s culture and associates can be found by reading Executive Chairman Bill Marriott’s Marriott on the Move blog, and CEO Arne Sorenson’s recently launched LinkedIn blog which has garnered more than 46,000 followers.

Want to join the conversation? Tweet your comments to #Bestcos, or follow @MarriottIntl or @MarriottCareers on Twitter.

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America; 257 firms participated in this year's survey. More than 252,000 employees at those companies were surveyed by the institute, a global research and consulting firm operating in 45 countries around the world. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about management's credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs, and diversity efforts. After evaluations are completed, if news about a company comes to light that may significantly damage employees' faith in management, we may exclude it from the list. Any company that is at least five years old and has more than 1,000 U.S. employees is eligible. The deadline for applying for next year's list is June 30, 2014. For an online nomination form, go to the Great Place to Work Institute's web site. If you have further questions about the Best Companies to Work For, please e-mail [email protected].

About Marriott:  Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

Marriott has long been recognized as a great place to work by several prominent publications, including Working Mother, DiversityInc and LATINA Style magazines, and for our social responsibility and sustainability successes by global organizations such as Ethisphere Institute, FTSE4Good and Climate Counts. For a list of other awards and recognition, visit

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Marriott Honors Top Owners and Franchisees for 2013

Partnership-Circle-Award-CeremonyPrestigious Partnership Circle Award Given to Four Companies
Marriott International honored top owner and franchise companies at the annual MINA & Full Service Owners Conference held recently at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Four companies – Concord Hospitality, The Kessler Collection, Sage Hospitality and White Lodging Services – were awarded the Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners for hospitality excellence. 

[Pictured: Back row, L to R: Bob McCarthy, Marriott International; Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International; Liam Brown, Marriott International; Dave Grissen, Marriott International; Arne Sorenson, Marriott International, Jim Kauffman, Marriott International; Kip Vreeland, Marriott International. Front row, L to R: Nick Kellock, Concord Hospitality; Deno Yiankes, White Lodging Services; Mark Laport, Concord Hospitality; Richard Kessler, The Kessler Collection; Bruce White, White Lodging Services; Ken Geist, Sage Hospitality; Larry Burnell, White Lodging Services; Richard Branca, Concord Hospitality.]

Marriott’s Partnership Circle Award honors owners and operators who have a strong alignment with Marriott in a number of different areas, from overall culture to sharing a long-term commitment with Marriott and its guests. The awards criteria also includes product growth, engagement, RevPAR growth and overall product integrity.

“This year’s Partnership Circle Award winners represent the breadth of Marriott’s top full service owners and franchisees, including long-term partners and newer entrants,” said Liam Brown, President, U.S. & Canada Division for Select Service & Extended Stay Lodging and Owner & Franchise Services. “They share an unwavering commitment to Marriott, not only in providing industry-leading hospitality to our guests, but also in growing their portfolios with us.”

Marriott’s 2013 Partnership Circle Award Winners
• Concord Hospitality of Raleigh, N.C., has numerous Marriott and Renaissance hotels in its portfolio and manages them with solid experience and a great attention to detail, leading to strong business metrics. They have one approved hotel in Marriott’s development pipeline.

• The Kessler Collection of Orlando, Fla., considered the founding member of the Autograph Collection, has partnered with Marriott to bring nine hotels into the Collection.

• Sage Hospitality of Denver, Colo., owns or manages hotels across Marriott’s entire full service portfolio and drives exceptional results in all metrics from GSS to RevPAR.

• White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Ind., has a large and growing Marriott portfolio, with multiple JW and Marriott Hotels that are brand builders and leaders in their markets.

In addition to presenting the Partnership Circle Awards, Marriott honored owners and franchisees for their achievements in the following categories: Development Partner of the Year, Opening of the Year, Renovation Excellence, Food & Beverage Excellence, Service Excellence, Spirit to Serve and Spirit to Preserve. A list of these winners follows.

Development Partner of the Year
Stonebridge Companies – Renaissance Denver Downtown Hotel and Renaissance New York Midtown South Hotel

Opening of the Year  
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Owner: Brown Palace Hotel Associates, LP

Milwaukee Marriott Downtown
Manager: White Lodging Services
Owner: Jackson Street Management, LLC

Renovation Excellence
The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection®
Manager: Highgate Holdings
Owner: DiamondRock Hospitality Company 

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Manager: Merritt Hospitality 
Owner: HEI Hotels & Resorts

Renaissance Westchester Hotel 
Manager: Highgate Holdings 
Owner: Sunstone Hotel Investors

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest 
Manager: StepStone Hospitality 
Owner: Northland Inn

Food & Beverage Excellence
Davidson Hotels & Resorts
DelMonte Hotel Group
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
White Lodging Services
Winegardner & Hammons, Inc.

Service Excellence
Amway Hotel Corporation
Boyne Resorts
Concord Hospitality
DelMonte Hotel Group
Greenwood Hospitality Group
Innkeepers Hospitality LLC
Lighthouse Properties
Musselman Hotels
PCH Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Pinnacle Hotel Management
Quorum Hotels & Resorts
Vail Resorts

Spirit to Serve
MDM Hotel Group LTD.
Shaner Group
Spottswood Companies, Inc.

Spirit to Preserve
Concord Hospitality
John Q Hammons Hotels & Resorts

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Marriott Honored as Corporation of the Year

Dc black mbaThe Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Black MBA Association (DCNBMBAA) honored Marriott International as its Corporation of the Year for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and its long-term partnership with the chapter.   The award was presented during DCNBMBAA’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Fundraiser Brunch, which is designed to encourage and support African American youth pursuing higher education within business disciplines.

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Human Rights Campaign Names Marriott a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Equality

Human-Rights-Campaign-100%-logoMarriott Earns 100% Perfect Ranking on 2014 Corporate Equality Index. 

Bethesda, Md., December 9, 2013 - Global lodging leader, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today was named among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

The Index rankings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners, appropriate and respectful advertising, and external community outreach. For a list of all corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit

“Marriott understands that a global hospitality leader must create the environment where all people are respected, valued and provided with opportunities to succeed,” said David Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive, Marriott International. “We aim high to make all of our customers, associates, families, suppliers and owners feel equally welcomed and comfortable, and that’s why this distinction from the Human Rights Campaign is so meaningful to us.”

Marriott joined 277 other corporations on a Supreme Court amicus brief to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this year. The company is a proud sponsor of LGBT rights advocacy groups and its hotels frequently host galas and events on behalf of the HRC, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott is committed to having diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses as part of its supply chain and is a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for its prestigious Amplifier Award. (Note: To see examples of this campaign and to learn more, please visit, 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. 

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