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DiversityInc Applauds Marriott’s Inclusive Culture

DiversityIncWorld’s Favorite Travel Company Continues to Lead the Hotel Industry

Marriott International was recognized as #13, up three spots from last year, on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked on specialty lists for its LGBT (#4) and supplier diversity (#10) efforts. 

{Pictured, Marriott associates at the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 event.}

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.

“Our passion is to keep Marriott the place where customers, associates and others feel they belong and will be cared for like family,” commented David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President – Global Human Resources Officer and Global Diversity Executive.  “And therefore, our greatest source of fulfillment is the diversity of people who choose Marriott for great experiences and opportunity.  We strive to ensure that inclusion continues to mean that everyone is valued for what they hold in common with everyone else, and also for the unique differences that make us all one-of-a-kind masterpieces. We believe that true inclusion embraces us as individuals in a grand mosaic without sacrificing insight or compassion for the difficulties that any group may face.”

Marriott has a longstanding history of diversity and inclusion.  In 2014, the company celebrated 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.  Marriott is consistently recognized for championing diversity and inclusion, including: Human Rights Campaign 100 percent equality score, LatinaStyle Top 50, Working Mother Best Places to Work , Top Company as Named by the Executive Leadership Council and a World’s Best Multinational Work Places as named by Best Place to Work®.  For more information on Marriott’s diversity and inclusion programs, visit

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Marriott International Honored for Inclusiveness

543618025_DD_3713_62EC3DE82A4C7E0AF47CDBAEA2674D33"At Marriott, we will continue to do our part to promote a vibrant economy where each individual is able to reach his or her highest potential without the barriers of discrimination. We will do that by putting people first, whether in Haiti or Harlem, India or Indianapolis, or wherever we put out our welcome to you,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO (pictured 7th from left, back row) after accepting the “Straight for Equality in the Workplace” Award from Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) during the organization’s annual gala.  Mr. Sorenson is pictured with Marriott International associates at the PFLAG event.


Marriott Europe Reaches Out To Europe’s Unemployed Youth

RH La Defense Marriott Europe aims to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people by 2020
Donations to charitable partners reaching nearly 1.5 million since 2012

March 16, 2015: Marriott's commitment to assist Europe's unemployed and disadvantaged youth takes a dramatic step forward this month with the announcement of its ambitious goals for its World of Opportunity1 programme in Europe. 

Marriott’s aim is to create 20,000 career opportunities for young people aged 16-25 by the year 2020. That means 20,000 young people receiving a range of placements, apprenticeships, training and development courses offered by one of the world’s largest and diverse hotel groups.  Marriott Europe has so far provided almost 4,000 employment opportunities to young people since 2012 and its goal is now is to increase that number five-fold over the next five years.

The company is already engaged with charitable partners, The Prince's Trust and SOS Children’s Villages – both experienced charities in the field of youth support and employment – and it is with their advice and collaboration that enables commitment to this ambitious goal.  Since Marriott started its World of Opportunity programme in 2012, it has donated more than €930,000 cash and €490,000 in-kind to its charitable partners along with 27,000 volunteer hours.   

Crucially, Marriott's career opportunities are as open to disadvantaged youths as they are to those who complete higher education and university graduates. The group is committed to finding and nourishing talents from a swathe of Europe's youth.  According to figures from the European Commission, five million young people are unemployed across EU countries and one of the key factors highlighted for this growing problem is a ‘skills mismatch’. 

"As a hotel group, we depend on talented people in order to survive," says Amy McPherson, president and managing director, Marriott International Europe "Hotels are a people business, and although technology and mobile connectivity have enhanced the industry, it will, at its heart, always remain a people business.  It has been extraordinary to watch the progress and commitment of these young people rise up through the ranks of our company, and seeing them enjoy a huge sense of pride and ambition.  It also makes a significant difference to the success of the company."

Marriott's vision is also good for business; it offers a committed forward-thinking business goal that will benefit the organisation as much as it will young people. The group has real, long-term job opportunities to offer alongside internships and development courses so the aim is to put young people into meaningful, long-lasting employment. 

Because of the diversity of its operations and the flexibility to move staff around departments, the hotel business is uniquely placed to provide the opportunities young people need, whatever suits their personalities and talents: front of house, back of house, technology, catering, food and beverage, marketing, and so on. All it takes is the right "can-do" attitude on the part of the candidate, and a willingness to commit to an exciting, constantly changing business.

In the same month that the group is named one of the UK's top employers in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For and Best Employer from a survey conducted by Germany’s Focus Magazine, it aims to build on that reputation by tapping into Europe's most precious and under-used resource: its young people.

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  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  

1World of Opportunity is Marriott’s commitment to addressing youth unemployment including young people from disadvantaged backgrounds - enabling them to reach their full potential by providing employment skills training and vocational opportunities.

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LATINA Style Magazine Ranks Marriott International #9

Latina Style Top 50Only Hotel Company in the Top 10 

Bethesda, Md., March 10, 2015 – For the 15th year in a row, Marriott International is on the LATINA Style 50 list for best companies for Latinas.  The company ranked #9 and this year is the only hotel company in the top 10.  Violeta Seidell, Marriott International Vice president of Project Services, accepts the award.




Marriott Helps Make It Happen for Women-Owned Businesses and Celebrates International Women’s Day

Ms.-Lui-Ai-Hui,-owner-of-Yanbian-Livestock-Development-Co.-meets-Mr.-Marriott-in-ChinaLodging Leader Named a Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises, shares outstanding progress with Clinton Global Initiative commitment

Bethesda, Md., March 6, 2015- On the eve of International Women’s Day, Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) is proud to once again be named one of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises.  The annual list recognizes companies with an excellent track record for providing opportunities for women-owned businesses to compete for and secure corporate contracts.

Women-owned businesses make up Marriott’s largest spend with diverse groups, accounting for 50 percent of the company’s total diverse spend.  In 2014, Marriott spent $223 million with over 4,000 women-owned businesses globally.

“We are honored to once again be named as a Top Corporation by WBENC,” said Dominica Groom, director, global supplier diversity at Marriott International. “2014 was an outstanding year for Marriott engaging with women-owned businesses.  In addition to the increase in spend globally, we more than doubled our engagement and outreach efforts for women business owners over the prior year.”

In 2013, Marriott joined more than a dozen global corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a five-year Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to expand its spend and engagement with women-owned businesses outside the United States, particularly in emerging economies. Working closely with WEConnect International and Vital Voices, two prominent NGOs that support and promote the economic potential of women, Marriott has spent more than $20 million to date with women-owned businesses outside the United States, and trained more than 150 women business owners.

In the two years since joining the CGI commitment, the company has created new business relationships with a number of women-owned businesses globally, including:

  • In the Americas, the latest addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, the Marriott Port-au-Prince in Haiti, has contracted with a woman-owned business Ayiti Natives, Co which will now supply retail amenities for the hotel.
  • In Asia, Marriott spent over $1 million with women-owned suppliers in 2014. More than twenty hotels in China now source beef from Yanbian Livestock in Jilin Province, China, a women-owned business with whom the company has been working with for four years.  
  • In Europe, Marriott identified a partnership with Simpsons Tea. Through mentorship from the Marriott team, Simpsons Tea launched an innovative new tea line, which was then presented to buyers at a Marriott-sponsored event, resulting in opportunities with hotels across the region.
  • The acquisition of Protea Hotels has also provided an opportunity to start engaging in discussions with women-owned business in Africa.

In 2015, Marriott’s continued and increased emphasis will be placed around supplier diversity, with a collective goal to increase spend with existing diverse suppliers, including women-owned businesses.  Marriott will look to engage and contract prospective suppliers through various means, including hosting Marriott-specific events to provide a direct connection with Marriott buyers.

The company’s partnerships with NGOs and CGI commitment members such as WEConnect and Vital Voices are critical to its efforts to support women-owned businesses. In January 2015, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts debuted the “JW Voices for Women” program, a collaboration with Vital Voices that pairs JW Marriott’s female leaders with local women-owned businesses in order to build a mentor/mentee relationship. The launch event, held at the JW Marriott Mexico City, brought together more than 100 women for discussions on career development, and the importance of investing in women.

In addition to developing relationships with female business owners, in 2014 Marriott also held its first Women Ownership Works (WOW) Summit designed to encourage women hotel ownership. The one day event was held in New York City and connected current female hotel owners with prospective owners who were considering hotel development as an investment opportunity. Marriott plans to have 20 percent of its existing global portfolio owned by diverse owners, including women, by 2020.

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It has been recently honored by the National Association for Female Executives as one of the top corporations for employing executive women, as well as recognized by Great Places to Work Institute® for being one of the 2014 World's Best Multinational Workplaces and "2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for the 23rd year. In 2014, Marriott was named Corporation of the Year by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The company has also been listed as the #1 company for supplier diversity by DiversityInc, and has been honored by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Black Enterprise, DiversityInc and Latina STYLE for diversity & inclusion efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.

Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels. For more information about our commitment to supplier diversity visit

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club. Marriott has more than 361,000 people working worldwide at managed or franchised properties and corporate offices. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott International Joins Corporate Amicus Brief in Historic Supreme Court Case

Rainbow flagThis spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether states can continue to deny same-sex couples access to full marriage equality, along with its legal, financial and social benefits.  On March 5th, Marriott International joined with a broad coalition of American businesses and major employers to file a “friend of the court” brief that sets out the business case for marriage equality and expresses support for uniform nationwide recognition of same-sex marriages.

“As a longtime champion for diversity and inclusion for our employees and customers, we are pleased to join a growing peer group of American businesses across a number of industries taking part in a discussion on LGBT rights,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer.  “We hope that our collective efforts will help to educate the Court how the current state laws impact business and employee productivity.  Ultimately, Marriott wants to ensure that all of its employees continue to be treated fairly and equally.”

The brief’s arguments support Marriott's longstanding aim to be the “employer of choice” for all, and build upon the company's prior support for marriage equality in litigation before six of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals since April 2014. Marriott also is proud of its 100% perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index that signifies its commitment to inclusion, diversity and putting its people first.

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Courtyard by Marriott Partners with National Academy Foundation to Launch Success for Youth Program

Courtyard  by Marriott and NAFBethesda, Md., March 2, 2015 – Courtyard by Marriott is excited to announce a national partnership with National Academy Foundation (NAF) launching its Success for Youth program that activates its commitment made to the Clinton Global Initiative, that promises to provide 30,000 volunteer hours and engage with 10,000 students in three years.  The announcement was made this week at the Courtyard by Marriott bi-annual General Managers Conference, in Washington, D.C.  where over 200 NAF students conducted informational interviews with 800 general managers who were in attendance.  The Success for Youth program will engage Courtyard hotels across the country with NAF students through a series of work-based learning activities. This partnership presents tremendous opportunities for NAF students to receive hands-on experience and mentorship from leaders in the hospitality industry.

The program has been piloted with six NAF academies in Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC and Seattle, Washington, and included worksite tours and job shadowing. This partnership has the potential to expand to over 500 NAF academies and nearly 900 Courtyard properties.

“Marriott has been invested in NAF since its inception over 30 years ago and this Courtyard partnership allows us to deepen the relationship and expand our interaction with the students,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for Courtyard.  “Enabling youth success is Courtyard’s social responsibility platform and NAF’s ability to innovate and deliver high quality experiences to thousands of young people makes them a perfect partner.  We are excited at this opportunity to help shape the future workforce through this partnership.”

“NAF relies on corporate partners to drive our work-based learning practice.  Through work-based learning, students in NAF academies are able to make real-world connections between the classroom and the workforce.  Through this initiative, Courtyard by Marriott is delivering on the promise of providing more work-based learning opportunities to more students on a grand scale,” said Rich Tulikangas, Director of Work-Based Learning for the National Academy Foundation.

NAF academies have been matched with nearby Courtyard by Marriott hotels across the country. Following the Success for Youth launch, students will engage with Courtyard employees through worksite tours, as guest speakers in the classroom, and will conduct informational and mock interviews and job shadowing at the hotels.

About Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With 1,000 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit courtyard. com, or engage with us on , or instagram/courtyardhotels.

About The National Academy Foundation (NAF) 
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals.  NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. Over 5,000 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2014-15 school year nearly 82,000 students attended 667 NAF academies across 38 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2014, NAF academies reported 97% of seniors graduated.

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Equal Opportunities for All

JW-Marriott-Mexico-CityMarriott International Hotels in Mexico Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion

Mexico City, DF, December 17, 2014 – Marriott International hotels in Mexicohave been awarded the “Gilberto Rincon Gallardo” Inclusive Company Award, in the Antigua Camara de Senadores, for its diversity and inclusion policies for associates. This coveted award recognizes organizations that go above and beyond to provide associates with more independence and autonomy in the workplace, creating an environment based on equal opportunities.

Marriott International prides itself on its service and training programs and is committed to ensuring that its diversity and inclusion practices are above par.  At Marriott, associates, suppliers and guests can be sure that they are supporting a global company that strives to meet and exceed the needs of both its associates and guests.

The Marriott International hotels in Mexico credited with this recognition include JW Marriott Mexico City, Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport, México City Marriott Reforma Hotel, Marriott Casamagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & SPA, JW Marriott Cancún Resort & Spa, and the Marriott CasaMagna Cancún Resort & Spa.

Marriott has been consistently recognized as an outstanding employer, and for its diversity and inclusion programs.  China Gorman, Global CEO of Great Places to Work, surprised the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City associates with a video announcing that Marriott International was one of the “25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.”  Ranked 7 out of 25, Marriott was the highest-ranked hotel company on the list and the only one to achieve this honor four years in a row. 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International 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 website at, and for the latest company news, visit  



Marriott Celebrated for Inclusive Culture

HacrThe Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a leading Hispanic advocacy group, has released findings from its 2014 Corporate Inclusion Index(CII) survey, a comprehensive measurement of Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 companies and HACR corporate member companies by focusing on HACR's four pillars of corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.  Marriott International was recognized for its inclusion of Hispanics in its workforce and recruitment efforts. Marriott is a proud corporate partner with HACR.  The company engages HACR members throughout the year by speaking at and sponsoring events such as the symposium at this year’s Hispanic Corporate Achievers Summit, which was created to motivate, empower and reconnect past HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever participants to create a support network among executives dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America. 

“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive.  “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 propel our business success.”

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  In 2014, Marriott earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index, was named a company with Best Practices for Recruitment and Selection and Community Support by Asia Society, was named to DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity, was recognized by the National Association of Female Executives as a Top 50 Company for Women Executives and was named World’s Best Multinational Workplace by Great Place to Work®.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition

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How We Do Business: Top Supplier Diversity Honors for Marriott International

2014 NGLCC Annual DinnerBethesda, Md., November 25, 2014 -The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has named Marriott International its 2014 Corporation of the Year, recognizing the company, for its commitment to incorporating LGBT suppliers into the company’s global supply chain, among other accomplishments.  Pictured:  Kathleen Matthews, Marriott International’s Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs, who accepted the award on behalf of the company and was joined by from L to R:  Victoria Fulkerson, Senior Vice President - NGLCC;  Marriott associates:  Denise Naguib, Vice President – Sustainability & Supplier Diversity; Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, Vice President – Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity; Dominica Groom, Director, Global Supplier Diversity; Kathleen Matthews; Jillian Schneeberger, Senior Account Executive; Ken Kuhn, Sr. Manager – Revenue Management and Jerry Miller, Director of Supplier Diversity - Capital One (last year’s Corporation of the Year), who presented the award.   Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs, including earning 100% on the 2015 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition

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