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World’s Favorite Travel Company Helping to “Clean the World”

Marriott-Donates-SoapMarriott has donated 1.5 million bars and counting.

Bethesda, Md., September 17, 2014- Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) announced that hotels across the company’s portfolio have collectively donated more than 1.5 million bars of soap to Clean the World®, a non-profit organization that recycles and distributes hotel hygiene amenities to communities in need.

Marriott is Clean the World’s largest hospitality partner, with more than 60,000 rooms participating in the recycling program. Since partnering with the organization in 2009, Marriott has donated more than 271,000 pounds of soap and more than 175,000 pounds of amenities through Clean the World.

Committed to responsible sourcing and sustainable business practices, Clean the World is among a number of Marriott’s community partners. In its 2014 Sustainability Report, Marriott shared the company had helped divert 2.3 million bottles from landfills by purchasing employees uniforms made from recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic bottles from supplier Cintas. Also in the report, Marriott reported a 10 percent reduction in water and energy usage since 2007, halfway to its 2020 goal of an overall 20 percent reduction.

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Marriott International Conservation Measures on Track to Meet 2020 Goals

Sustainability-Report-CoverSustainability Report shows more than 10 Percent Reductions in Water and Energy Usage from 2007

Bethesda, Md. - August 14, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today released its 2014 Sustainability Report – available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports – sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity.  One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020[1].

“Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.

The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013.  The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices. 

“We’re pleased that our sustainability performance is continuing to improve globally. In the U.S. nearly 50 percent of our portfolio recently earned TripAdvisor GreenLeader™ status thanks to our work and the use of tools like Green Hotels Global,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity. “Our supply chain focus, which ties to our sustainability and commitment to diversity and inclusion, has also progressed with our achievement of 75 percent spend with sustainable suppliers through MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index for furniture, fixtures and equipment and $468 million in spend with diverse suppliers.”

The report also highlights Marriott’s decades-long commitment to developing a skilled workforce. Globally Marriott is supporting youth employment initiatives such as its “World of Opportunity” charitable giving and workplace skills training program in 24 European countries, The Ritz-Carlton’s “Succeed Through Service” program in 26 countries; the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda, where Marriott has hired 40 young graduates; and the International Tourism Partnership Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program in 10 countries.

“Creating a sustainable future means creating more jobs and stronger communities, a greater ‘world of opportunity’,” said Mari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility.  “Our partnerships allow us to be a catalyst to address rising youth unemployment and help provide skills to prepare young people for the workplace.  One of the company’s signature partners is the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that the Marriott family started with a model designed by Marriott associates to help urban youth with disabilities secure competitive jobs while helping employers source a talent pool of youth they may not have considered.  Twenty-five years later, the Bridges program alone has served 20,000 youth. ” 
[1] 20 percent reduction from the company’s 2007 energy intensity baseline of 401.2 kWh per square meter of conditioned space and a water intensity baseline of 0.86 cubic meter per occupied room.

Marriott’s reporting approach this year was to present the issues that matter most to its stakeholders in concise, simplified reports that can be accessed, read and shared online or via social media, especially by its “next generation” associates and customers.  The issue reports include: Workforce Development; Environmental Performance; Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Advocacy; Global Diversity and Inclusion; Health, Safety and Wellbeing; Responsible Sourcing; Business Model and Sustainability Strategy; Business Ethics and Human Rights; Community Engagement and Natural Capital. 

Highlights from the issue reports include:

Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Advocacy - Marriott has been actively engaging with the White House to promote the power of tourism, including advocating for the 2015 reauthorization of Brand USA, a national marketing campaign targeted at overseas tourists, which resulted in 1.1 million new visitors entering the USA in 2013.  The company’s government affairs team also encouraged legislators to pass the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, designed to enhance the Visa Waiver program and rapidly process visitor visa applications at US consular offices.  Marriott continues to advocate for measures that will provide stability to immigrants who work in its hotels.

Business Ethics and Human Rights - Marriott has a long history of supporting the fight against human trafficking, and created a training program for associates to identify and report possible trafficking behavior.  In 2013, Marriott joined Sabre Holdings in partnering with the United Nations ‘Your Actions Count- Be a Responsible Traveler’ campaign. The campaign, started by the UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO, aims to educate tourists around the globe to be alert and aware of possible trafficking- human, flora and fauna, cultural artifacts, illicit drugs or counterfeit goods.

Cintas-Eco-UniformsResponsible Sourcing- Always searching for environmentally-conscious business solutions, Marriott partnered with Cintas to purchase associate uniforms made from recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic bottles. Nine brands in the Marriott portfolio have incorporated Regeneration Suiting as their uniform of choice. As a result of choosing these eco-uniforms in 2013, Marriott helped divert 2.3 million bottles from landfills.

For more information about Marriott’s sustainability and social responsibility initiatives or to download the 10 issue reports individually or as a full sustainability report with GRI Index, visit                   

Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework are used to determine the sustainability issues most pertinent to the organization; benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time. The Sustainability Reporting G3 Guidelines are the foundation of the framework. For more information on the GRI, visit

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Betting on Green

Las Vegas Marriott LEED CertifiedLas Vegas Marriott achieves Gold LEED® Certification.

Las Vegas, Nevada- June 6, 2014 - The Las Vegas Marriott has earned LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™)  Gold certification, adding to Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) growing number of hotels participating in the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) LEED certification program. 

The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.  In addition to earning certification, the number of points earned by a property upon evaluation will determine the rank of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  Across the Marriott portfolio, 130 hotels are LEED- certified or registered by USGBC.

“We are excited to add another hotel to Marriott International’s growing list of LEED certified properties,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability & supplier diversity. “LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainable development and operations, emphasizing the importance of responsible growth.”

Conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 278 room Las Vegas Marriott underwent a recent guestroom and meeting space renovation to target large groups who wish to hold their meetings in an eco-friendly venue. The new 600 square foot flexible meeting space can be converted to fit an event’s needs and is outfitted with energy saving fluorescent lighting.

Some of the green attributes that helped the all-suite Las Vegas Marriott achieve Gold status include:

  • Water saving shower heads in all guest rooms
  • Water conserving 1.6 gallons per flush toilets in all guest rooms
  • Kitchen cooking oil recycling program
  • Purified water stations in foyer areas

“Offering our guests superior service while being environmentally-conscious is at the core of Marriott’s commitment to sustainability,” said Keith Gamberg, general manager, Las Vegas Marriott. “We are proud that our recent renovations and changes to hotel functionality have earned us LEED Gold certification from USGBC. The Las Vegas Marriott looks forward to welcoming guests and meeting groups who share our high environmental standards.”

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SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver Named City’s First Gold LEED® Certified Hotel

SpringHill-Suites-DenverOffering Special Green Urban Garden Getaway Package

Denver, Colo.,  May 28, 2014 – The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is thrilled to announce that it has been certified LEED® Gold for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

Owned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver and managed by Sage Hospitality, the $45 million SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is metro Denver’s first LEED® Gold hotel and the second in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott brand portfolio.

The public-private partnership between MSU Denver and Sage Hospitality created a vibrant hotel that opened in 2012, as well as the state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC), the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and one of only 11 in the United States.  The partnership created a dynamic environment for education and on-the-job training for students, who work along-side well-seasoned hoteliers from Sage Hospitality.

"Sage Hospitality is dedicated to operating eco-friendly hotels, so we are extremely proud to receive Denver’s first LEED® Gold certification," said Walter Isenberg, President & CEO of Sage Hospitality. "This property gives both business and leisure guests an amazing green lodging option in the heart of downtown Denver and we are using it as a model of sustainability for all future development projects.”

The 150-suite hotel and HLC earned a total of 62 LEED® points, including those for water efficiency, innovative design and sustainable site and materials selection. Unique green features include:

  • More than 90 percent of regularly occupied areas offer natural day lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting
  • The use of only high efficiency plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and flooring
  • Secure bicycle storage plus lockers and changing rooms to encourage employees and students to use alternative transportation
  • Both buildings offer full recycling in guestrooms, classrooms and offices
  • Nearly 20 percent of the building was constructed using recycled materials and 25 percent of total building materials were locally sourced
  • More than 78 percent of material waste from the construction was recycled
  • All compostable food from the hotel's banquet and catering department, as well as from the student classes, is composted
  • The Housekeeping and Food & Beverage departments in the hotel and HLC use only green, natural cleaning products, including vinegar

In celebration of its Gold LEED® certification, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown has planted an Aspen tree and an on-site Chef’s Garden, where Executive Chef Daniel Hyman is growing vegetables and herbs to be used in food and beverage offerings through the hotel's banquet and catering department.  Worm casting will be used in the Chef's Garden to allow for organic fertilizing.  Coffee grounds are disposed of in the garden's soil to increase water retention and naturally repel insects. 

The hotel is also launching a special Green Urban Garden Getaway package, starting at $159 per night. It includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations in a spacious suite
  • $20 gift card to Denver’s Urban Roots, which serves gardeners who have limited space and unlimited desire by finding horticultural solutions for city dwellers who toil in small plots of land, vertical spaces, balconies and containers.
  • Complimentary Valet Parking for guests arriving in an Electric or Hybrid vehicle
  • A packet of wildflower seeds to plant
  • Two Denver microbrews

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown and the HLC were developed by Mortenson Development and Mortenson Construction's Denver office was the design-builder.  Denver’s RNL was the design architect and architect of record for the hotel; JG Johnson Architects was the associate architect and hotel interiors architect.

MSU Denver’s 28,000-square-foot HLC is an educational facility that combines classrooms with interactive laboratories to provide an experiential curriculum for the university’s more than 600 Hospitality, Tourism and Events students.  State-of-the-art classrooms include a Sensory Analysis Laboratory for wine and food tastings and a Cellar Management Laboratory, which boasts a 3,100+ bottle wine storage cellar.

The hotel’s 150 spacious and stylish guest suites each feature a flexible workspace, a separate sleeping area, a microwave, mini-fridge, a seating area with pull-out sofa bed and a spa-like bathroom. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast served daily, a Market, a fitness center, complimentary area shuttle service and complimentary wireless Internet. The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown offers 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space and can accommodate groups of up to 250 people.

For more information on the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, please call 303-705-7300 or visit

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About the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver
The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is an all-suite hotel designed to appeal to business and leisure travelers who seek stylish, fun and spacious yet functional accommodations at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Denver, the hotel features 150 spacious guest suites as well as 5,000 square feet of conference facilities. Managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality, the hotel provides hands-on training opportunities for students in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. Amenities include complimentary hot daily breakfast, complimentary area shuttle service and free wireless high-speed Internet, a Market and a Fitness Center.

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Julie Dunn: 303-522-2659 or


Marriott Bans Sale of Shark Fin

Kathleen Matthews and Yao Ming - WTTC

During the World Travel & Tourism in China, Kathleen Matthews (pictured, left), Marriott International’s Executive Vice President of Global Communications & Public Affairs, applauded Yao Ming, former basketball star and humanitarian for his courageous stand to protect sharks. Download image

Effective July 1, 2014, Marriott will implement a complete ban on the sale of shark fin. In 2012, the company removed shark fin from its menus, offering high-end sustainable dining alternatives by its award-winning culinary team.  This resulted in an 80 percent reduction in consumption. 

Marriott is committed to a pathway to source more sustainable seafood for its restaurants worldwide. 


Beyond the Towel Rack

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Marriott's President and CEO Arne Sorenson wants to know what else we can do together to conserve our resources.  Read his blog on LinkedIn and join the conversation.


Marriott Turns Up the Volume on Green Building

Courtyard Kansas CityCourtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff celebrates LEED® self-certification on Earth Day.

Kansas City, MO – April 22, 2014Marriott International, Inc. (NASDQ:MAR) announced today the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff is the company’s first hotel in Missouri to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) prototype pre-certification program.

Courtyard Kansas City and LEED signThe only LEED Certified Marriott property in Missouri, the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff was constructed on top of a mine, land previously undevelopable, and 10 percent of building materials used contain recycled content. Like all Marriott LEED Certified hotels, this hotel features a number of elements that focus on energy conservation, water efficiency and recycling.  Some of those elements include:

  • White roofing material that reflects heat to save energy.
  • Kohler low volume, plumbing fixtures.
  • Philips low energy consuming LED lighting and controls
  • A salt water pool, reducing the number of chemicals used in treating the pool.
  • An electric car charging station, and preferred parking for low-emission cars and carpoolers.
  • 20 foot floor to ceiling glass wall of windows in the ballroom for day lighting and optimal view.

“Sustainable development is a priority for Marriott. LEED certification earned by our properties demonstrates our commitment to the environment while simultaneously appealing to our environmentally conscious customers,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability & supplier diversity.  “The LEED prototype pre-certification program allows our owners and franchisees to achieve LEED status throughout the development process, so that it is fully certified upon building completion.”

Marriott is the only hotel company to earn prototype pre-certification approval from the USGBC. Pre-certification streamlines the process for hotel developers and owners, saving both time and money. Owners of these hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time.  Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives. 

“Marriott has always been on the forefront of sustainability, in both project development and corporate social responsibility,” said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president, architecture and construction. “We are thrilled to be a leader yet again as the first hotel company to offer properties the opportunity to individually manage the LEED certification process.”

Marriott’s entire select-service and extended-stay portfolio -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites – is LEED Volume certified. Across the Marriott portfolio, 130 hotels are LEED- Certified or registered by the USGBC. 

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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 more than 950 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, contact the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff directly at 816-841-3330 or visit call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit, become a fan at or follow Courtyard at

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Marriott and British Airways Join Forces for Corporate Responsibility Forum

British Airways and MarriottApril 17, 2014 - Marriott International joined with British Airways and the Institute of Travel and Meetings to host a dedicated travel industry forum to discuss global social and environmental trends on 4 April.    The event, at the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel was attended by more than 120 corporate travel buyers and included special guest speakers such as Ipsos MORI CEO, Ben Page and Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Global Business Travel Association Foundation.

Ben Page set the scene for the day’s discussion by encouraging companies to move beyond basic environmental programmes and address more complex and challenging CSR issues including social innovation and long-term industry collaboration.  

Page commented, “Most global companies now recognise the importance of corporate social responsibility.  They have impressive and robust CSR strategies that are embedded in company culture, especially in regard to environmental policies.   However, there is still a long way to go and companies need to think hard about their involvement with local communities, improving living standards, education and fostering strong local economies, at a time when trust in business generally remains low.”

A presentation on British Airways’ social and environmental strategies was given by Jonathon Counsell, Head of Environment while Barbara Powell and Hemma Varma, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Europe presented on Marriott’s social and environmental strategies.

Hemma Varma, Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marriott Europe said, “We were pleased to be able to collaborate with one of our top business partners, British Airways, to showcase our aligned commitment to sustainable operations and supply chain management.   The interactive format of the day enabled travel buyers to tell us what they thought of our strategies and programmes – opinions that will help shape our future direction.”   

A panel discussion on how to ‘Avoid the Horrors Lurking In Your Supply Chain’ was moderated by Bernard Harrop with panellists including Carmel Giblin, CEO, SEDEX, Sandy Moring, Senior Director & Head of Sustainability, Carlson Wagonlit Travel UK & Ireland, Fran Hughes, Head of Programmes, International Tourism Partnership, Mark Avery, Head of Business Services, PwC and Jonathon Counsell, Head of Environment, British Airways.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 79 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, including Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, MOXY, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Protea Hotels, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club.  There are approximately 330,000 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, and for the latest company news, visit  

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Opens First LEED Gold Certified Hotel in Seoul

The LoungeLuxury Hospitality Brand Debuts Stunning JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul

Seoul, South Korea – 4 February 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has expanded its luxury portfolio in South Korea with the unveiling of the new 170-room JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul today. The new hotel is the second JW Marriott to open in Seoul and the first hotel in the city to receive LEED Gold certification. Marriott International manages the JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul under a long-term agreement with the owner, Dong Sung Co., Ltd.

“South Korea is a one of Asia’s fastest growing global economies anda strategically important North Asian travel hub,” said Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International. “JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will further strengthen our luxury brand portfolio in this very important market and it will complement our existing JW Marriott Seoul which continues to be a great standard bearer for the brand.”

Featuring a stylish urban facade and interior that exude elegance, warm luxury and minimalist sophistication, the property is the first international luxury business hotel in Dongdaemun. Ideally located in the heart of Seoul’s fashion district and adjacent to the subway station and key tourist attractions, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul boasts unobstructed views of Korea’s number one national treasure – the historical Dongdaemun or “East Gate.”

“With every new JW Marriott property, we challenge ourselves to go above and beyond, and opening the first LEED Gold certified hotel in Seoul is a major accomplishment for the brand,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Not only is respecting and preserving the environment important to us, it is important to our guests, and we’re excited to bring that to life in Seoul.”

The new hotel has 170 guestrooms, including 19 Executive Sky View Rooms and 15 Suites. A dedicated Executive Lounge with an open balcony serves the Executive Floor rooms. Among the hotel’s extensive health and fitness facilities are an indoor 25-meter lap pool, the exclusive Club 501 Fitness Centre and the indulgent The JW Spa.

The hotel’s innovative food and beverage program is curated by a stellar team of award-winning professionals from France, Germany, the US and Korea. Among the highlights is BLT Steak, of the internationally renowned New York steakhouse; Tavolo 24, a casual all-day dining restaurant featuring live cooking stations; The Lounge which specializes in artisan chocolates, martinis and afternoon tea and Seoul Baking Company, which servesfresh cakes and pastries from its open kitchen. For visitors and locals alike, the roof-top Griffin Bar overlooking the East Gate, is set to become one of the most sought after social scenes in the city where guests can sit outside and enjoy stunning views.

With a total of 10,570 square feet of meeting space and a Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 750 guests, the hotel is the perfect choice for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market. Among its state-of-the-art meetings facilities is Seoul’s first LFD (Large Format Display) 98-screen media wall.

“Reflecting the JW Marriott brand values of timeless elegance and approachable luxury, the new JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul will deliver a truly authentic travel experience, that will impress even the most seasoned and discerning business and leisure traveler,” said  Nicholas Tse, General Manager of JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 64 JW Marriott hotels in 25 countries; by 2016 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 90 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online,, @jwmarriott and

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MindClick Global and Marriott International Announce Expansion of Partnership Amidst Major Industry Momentum Indicators at BDNY

Marriott to Target the Operating Supplies & Equipment Market with Widespread Adoption of the MindClick Global Sustainability Index.

New York, Nov. 11, 2013 – From the 2013 Boutique Design New York (BDNY) Conference, MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, and Marriott International have announced the next phase in their partnership to green the Hospitality Industry supply chain.

“We are excited to announce a 50 percent increase in supplier participation of the MindClick Global Sustainability Index program in just two months, which places us on target to achieve Marriott’s goal of spending 75 percent of our furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) dollars by yearend 2013,” said Dave Lippert, vice president, Architecture  & Construction Procurement, Marriott International. “With the support of MindClick’s Sustainability Index, our intention is to integrate sustainability into procurement with ease, and to work with all of our suppliers to improve our collective environmental impact.”

The development follows the recent launch of the Rest Better™ sustainability program, a MindClick and Marriott initiative to educate travelers about guest wellbeing and the benefits of positive social and environmental impacts of sustainable FF&E hotel purchasing practices with the help of MindClick’s Sustainability Index.

“As the flagship partner in the MindClick Global Sustainability Index program, Marriott, along with MindClick Global, have worked together for several months with our suppliers and have made great progress on greening our supply chain,” said Mari L. Snyder, vice president, Social Responsibility, Marriott International. “Based on the results we have seen in the FF&E market, we will now focus on the OS&E supply chain, which represents a significant portion of the purchasing power of our industry.”

As a result of initiatives such as Rest Better™, MindClick Global and Marriott are witnessing the initial direct benefits of communication across the supply chain. The MindClick Index validates the sustainability performance of suppliers while also driving improvements within all supplier efforts. Based on research findings from the Rest Better™ campaign and the 2012 MindClick Expedia Consumer Sustainability Engagement report, effective guest education highlighting not only environmental benefits of sustainable purchasing but health and wellbeing benefits as well, is leading to increases in the revenue drivers of guest satisfaction, intent to return and brand loyalty.

“By helping both FF&E and OS&E suppliers improve sustainability performance, the MindClick Global Sustainability Index is fast becoming the solution to greening the global supply chain for the hospitality industry,” said JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick Global. “From a consumer standpoint, the current millennial generation of travelers cares greatly about sustainability. Our Sustainability Index facilitates the flow of information from the suppliers to the brands and from the brands to the consumer to meet the demand for sustainability.”

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

MindClick Global, the leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement, provides Fortune 1000 clients with a trusted B2B marketplace for sustainable sourcing. MindClick’s Sustainability Performance Index platform is used by brands to green their global supply chain and to source products to meet their environmental, social responsibility and business initiatives. Global suppliers use MindClick’s platform to meet customer-reporting requirements, improve sustainability performance and to promote their environmentally sound products and services. MindClick is headquartered in Bend, Oregon with teams in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. Learn more at .