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06/18/2015

Marriott Recognized for Healthy Workplace Environment

Arne Sorenson and associatesBethesda, Md., June 18, 2015 – Marriott International receives recognition for its ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging associates to live healthier lifestyles.

The National Business Group on Health® named Marriott as a PLATINUM winner of the 2015 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® awards. As the only award recipient in the hospitality industry, Marriott is recognized for its exemplary workplace well-being initiatives and its efforts to improve employee health, happiness and quality of life.

The American Heart Association awarded Marriott a PLATINUM Fit-Friendly Worksite and a Worksite Innovation award for demonstrating a strong commitment to providing a healthy workplace for associates.

“Taking care of our associates has been a vital part of the culture at Marriott since its founding in 1927,” says David Rodriguez, Global Chief Human Resource Officer at Marriott. “We are honored to be recognized for the importance Marriott places on the wellbeing of our associates and helping them to live healthier lives.” 

To help associates take a proactive role in their health, Marriott launched the TakeCare Wellbeing Program in 2010.  Through TakeCare, Marriott offers a breadth of wellbeing programs including stress management, exercising and fitness, nutrition and weight management, smoking cessation, and financial wellbeing. Wellbeing programs are deployed by over 800 wellness champions across the United States.  Marriott has also established a Healthy Hotel Certification program to publicly recognize hotels for creating a healthy work environment for their associates.

“We know that when we engage associates in healthy lifestyle programs, we are making a positive impact in their lives,” says Rodriguez. Read about David’s personal health journey on his blog on LinkedIn.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Media Contact:
Angela Wiggins, angela.wiggins@marriott.com, 301.380.7277

02/05/2015

Marriott International Recognized for Outstanding Work-Life Programs

2015 AWLP Seal of DistinctionCompany receives 2015 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress

 

Bethesda, Md, February 5, 2015 WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) announced that Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) has earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2015. The seal is a mark of excellence designed to recognize organizational success in work-life effectiveness. Marriott is one of the 77 organizations to be honored this year. Marriott has 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, executive vice president and 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 company’s work-life commitment.”

 

Arne Sorenson TakeCare 5KIn 2014, Marriott launched a TakeCare Healthy Hotel Certification program to publicly identify properties that go above and beyond to create a healthy environment for their associates. Achieving TakeCare Healthy Hotel Certification means the hotel upholds Marriott’s core values of taking care of associates and demonstrates the steps taken to create a healthier place to work.

 

Begun in 2012, the Alliance for Work-Life Progress 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
  • Financial support for economic security
  • Paid and unpaid time off
  • Community involvement
  • Transforming organizational cultural

 

“This year's Work-Life Seal of Distinction honorees are an exceptional group of innovative leaders that strive to create a company culture that encourages work-life balance," said Anne Ruddy, president and CEO of WorldatWork and executive director of AWLP.  The recipients represent a variety of industries - including education, finance, government, health, law, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals - and hail from 25 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

 

About WorldatWork
WorldatWork (www.worldatwork.org) is a nonprofit human resources association for professionals and organizations focused on total rewards strategies. Comprehensive total rewards strategies are designed to attract, motivate, engage and retain a productive workforce and optimize the employee experience leading to enhanced organizational results.

Professionals engaged in compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and total rewards turn to WorldatWork as their leading professional association. WorldatWork and its affiliates provide comprehensive education, certification, research, advocacy and community, for members and the broader total rewards community. WorldatWork has more than 70,000 members and subscribers worldwide; over 80% of Fortune 500 companies employ a WorldatWork member.

 

Founded in 1955, WorldatWork is affiliated with more than 70 local human resources associations and has offices in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

 

About Marriott International: 
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 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. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit http://news.marriott.com/.

 

Contact: Angela Wiggins (301) 380-7277, angela.wiggins@marriott.com 

 

 

01/20/2015

Meet the People at the Heart of Marriott

Heart-of-the-House-logoMarriott International Launches “Heart of the House,” A New Social Platform Featuring User Generated Content from Hotels Worldwide.  

Bethesda, Md., January 20, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) launched “Heart of the House” today, giving consumers an insider’s look at the world’s favorite travel company. The new custom-built social platform features real stories, submitted by guests and hotels worldwide, about guest service, community service, innovation, culture and recognition. The launch continues to align with Marriott International’s Global Content Studio global strategy of developing, producing, and distributing content that informs, entertains, and adds value to travel lifestyle consumers.

“We constantly hear from guests about hotel staff going above and beyond to make travel experiences unforgettable,” said Debbie Marriott Harrison, Global Officer, Marriott Culture and Business Councils. “We’re excited to finally have a dedicated storytelling channel to recognize and share all the remarkable things our hotels are doing with the rest of the world.”

“Heart of the House” is live at marriott.com/HeartoftheHouse and features new entertaining and shareable content every week, including behind-the-scenes photos and videos. The site also includes a Q&A series, “Checking In,” that profiles exceptional employees who came up with new ideas that made a big difference, went above and beyond for guests, or have unique roles that might surprise people. Furthermore, a new film series, “Day in the Life” will also live on “Heart of the House.” Each 1-2 minute installment will capture the commitment to service at Marriott-branded hotels by shadowing a team member for one day, whether a head concierge in Shanghai or executive chef in the Cayman Islands.

“Storytelling is an opportunity for us to have an emotional transaction with the consumer and it builds a relationship in a unique way. Engaging content builds communities that drive commerce. At the end of the day, content done right equals heads in beds,” said David Beebe, Vice President, Creative + Content Marketing, Global Marketing for Marriott International. “We believe we will win loyalty as more travelers discover the stories and the people behind Marriott hotels.”

The “Heart of the House” site is now available in English; the Spanish and Simplified Chinese versions are in development with additional languages expected to follow in 2015. Anyone can submit a story for consideration, including Marriott International employees, the employees of franchisees, customers and guests. Visit marriott.com/HeartoftheHouse to see all the stories or submit one of your own.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

Connect with amanda.waks@marriott.com

 

10/23/2014

Marriott’s #PictureYourselfHere Campaign Takes Job Seekers Behind-the-Scenes

Pictureyourselfhere-campaignResearch in 15 countries culminates with revitalized job search process.

Bethesda, Md., October 23, 2014 -- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today innovations to its careers sites and job search process as it aims to engage jobseekers worldwide through its new #PictureYourselfHere campaign. The campaign includes enhanced job search functionality, featuring behind-the-scenes photos submitted by current associates all around the world, in an effort to reach the best talent in the industry. The campaign is designed to creatively provide job seekers with a more impactful job search experience and an authentic view into what it’s like to work at Marriott International. Download image.

#PictureYourselfHere follows commissioned research in 15 countries to better understand user behavior when looking for a job and navigating careers sites. Job descriptions were specifically cited through the research as being a primary factor in deciding whether or not to apply to a job with a company. Supporting that research, 79% of users navigating through the Marriott careers desktop site immediately click into the search and apply process, moving directly into viewing job descriptions for open positions. #PictureYourselfHere makes the job seeker experience more dynamic, authentic and shareable.

To create the experience, Marriott launched an internal drive to enlist their associates’ assistance by providing their “points of view.” Over 17,000 images were submitted in a “Share Your Space” initiative, aimed at engaging current associates to submit images of their workplace, workspaces, colleagues, hotels or offices, and beautiful views. Select hotels that participated in capturing the essence of working at Marriott were rewarded with a common space upgrade in the “heart of the house” of their hotel. Many of these images were used to construct the now enhanced pages of the Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton careers sites, available to jobseekers on both mobile and desktop platforms.

“Our ultimate goal is to find and engage the best talent in the marketplace - inspired and dedicated employees who are passionate about delivering exceptional experiences to our guests,” says Kristy Godbold, Global HR Officer, Talent Acquisition & Solutions and Corporate Human Resources at Marriott International. “To achieve this end, we are continually reinventing our careers sites and job search process to engage jobseekers, especially millennials, in the ways that matter most to them. The fact that our own employees are co-creators in making these innovations possible is exciting.”

For more information on the campaign, and to see many of the images and content from the #PictureYourselfHere campaign, visit the Marriott career site at www.marriott.com/careers.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Be­thesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest com­pany news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Media Contact: 
Angela Wiggins, Marriott International angela.wiggins@marriott.com or 301.380.7277

09/29/2014

Marriott International Named to Washington Business Journal's Healthiest Employers 2014 List

TakeCare Wellness 5kBethesda, Md., September 29, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it has been named to the list of “2014 Healthiest Employers” by the Washington Business Journal. The announcement came just days after Marriott’s TakeCare 5K Run/1K Walk held annually at its headquarters. The event drew more than 500 Marriott associates from the Washington, D.C. area, including CEO Arne Sorenson, making it the company’s largest race to date. 

Arne Sorenson TakeCare Wellness 5kMarriott International launched the TakeCare Wellbeing program in 2010 to expand upon its core value of taking care of associates and building a sustainable culture of health and wellness. The company’s goal is to improve associate health, productivity and engagement by providing the tools and resources for associates to live healthy lives.

“This is an exciting time for the TakeCare Wellbeing program as more of our associates are making health a priority than ever before,” said Jill Berger, vice president of health and welfare at Marriott International. “Additionally, hotels that actively participate in the program experience medical claims cost savings, a decrease in workers’ compensation claims, and overall higher associate engagement.”  

From worksite wellness challenges and monthly webinars, to free health coaches, assessments, maternity support and a smoking cessation program, TakeCare Wellbeing is helping its associates both improve and maintain their health. Furthermore, the company is piloting a new certification program to recognize its hotels that are going above and beyond to create a healthy work environment for associates.

A key to the TakeCare program’s success is its Wellness Champion network. Mackenzie McGowan is a senior sales manager for Marriott in Irvine, Calif., and was recently named “Wellness Champion of the Quarter.”

“We implemented a fitness program for more than 100 associates and the results have been fantastic,” said McGowan. “Our team feels healthier and happier. Not to mention, we are all enjoying our new exercise zone equipped with a mini trampoline, yoga mats, a ping pong table and exercise balls. Being healthy at work is not only easier now, it’s also more fun.”

Learn more about Washington Business Journal's Healthiest Employers 2014 here.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 78 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. 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 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Connect with amanda.waks@marriott.com

09/15/2014

Marriott International Joins The Envelope Please™, A New Initiative Created by Maria Shriver and A Woman's Nation™ in Support of Hotel Room Attendants

HousekeepersMarriott to Place Gratitude Envelopes in More Than 160,000 Hotel Guest Rooms in the United States and Canada

Los Angeles and Bethesda, Md. - Sept. 15, 2014 – A Woman’s Nation (AWN), together with Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), announced today that Marriott International will be the first partner in AWN’s The Envelope Please™ initiative, which is designed to encourage and enable hotel guests to express their gratitude by leaving tips and notes of thanks for hotel room attendants in designated envelopes provided in hotel rooms.

Housekeeper Que Mae Marriott InternationalHotel room attendants often go unnoticed, as they silently care for the millions of travelers who are on the road at any given time. Because hotel guests do not always see or interact with room attendants, their hard work is many times overlooked when it comes to tipping. The Envelope Please makes leaving them a gratuity simple and secure. 

Beginning this week, Marriott International will place signature envelopes in more than 160,000 guest rooms at participating Marriott-managed hotels in the U.S. and Canada, making it easy for guests to express their gratitude and leave a voluntary gratuity for their room attendants. Mar­riott has also invited its franchise hotels to participate in this initiative. 

The Envelope Please logo“The Envelope Please was born from having conversations with women I’ve met who have taken care of my room during hotel stays. Their stories of hard work and perseverance inspired and informed me. They told me that room attendants, who are often the primary breadwinner for their families, are often forgotten when it comes to tipping, unlike other front-of-house employ­ees, since most travelers don't see them face-to-face. I hope this gratitude initiative will make these women feel seen and validated,” said Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation.

“Marriott is proud to support The Envelope Please to shine a light on the excellent behind-the-scenes work our room attendants do day in and day out,” says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “Each year during International Housekeepers Week (Sept. 15 – 19), our hotels across all brands express their appreciation through special recognition events for their room attendants.”

“Room attendants are the largest employee group within Marriott International and the heart of the house. We are proud to offer opportunities for job growth, strong training programs and competitive wages and benefit packages,” said Sorenson.

“I am thrilled to have such a strong inaugural partner in Marriott International. The Envelope Please is a great way to make it easier for hotel guests to tip room attendants, and we hope other hotel companies will join this effort,” said Shriver.

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, praised The Envelope Please for raising the visibility of hotel room attendants. “The Envelope Please initiative is a powerful way to raise awareness of the hard work performed by room attendants, mostly women who often go unnoticed by travelers.”   

"Room attendants are one of the largest employment categories in the hotel industry, and their work behind the scenes is so important to the quality of the stay in any hotel. The Envelope Please is an effective way for guests to recognize their room attendant's work and show appre­ciation for making every stay a memorable and pleasant experience. American Hotel and Lodging Association applauds this effort," says Katherine Lugar, president and CEO.

The American Hotel and Lodging Association suggests that hotel guests leave $1 to $5 per night, depending on the hotel class, and recommends tipping daily rather than at checkout to ensure that it goes to the person cleaning the room. (Click to download the AH&LA Gratuity Guide.)

Que Nguyen, a room attendant for more than 20 years at the Nashville Airport Marriott, was among this year’s J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence honorees – the company’s highest honor. Que has mentored almost every room attendant hired since she joined the company in 1991. Que is just one example of the exceptional “spirit to serve” culture at Marriott. Click to read her story.

About The Envelope Please™
The latest Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, published in January 2014, examined the lives and work of the 42 million women and 28 million children living in or on the brink of poverty in the United States. It called on all individuals to recognize the power they have to impact women, and that one way to do so is by leaving good tips for room attend­ants when travelling. Making more visible the contributions of hotel room attendants – the ma­jority of whom are women and many of whom are breadwinners in their families – The Envelope Please will recognize partner hotels that make tip envelopes available in hotel rooms throughout the United States and abroad. 

A Woman’s Nation (AWN) adds The Envelope Please to its Economic Empowerment Initiative, joining The Shriver Corps and AWN’s Microlending Team at Kiva, as on-the-ground programs that implement the findings of The Shriver Report, the organization’s Signature Initiative. The Shriver Report is an award-winning, nonpartisan project that raises awareness, ignites conver­sations and inspires impact around the defining issues and fundamental changes facing modern women and their families.

About Marriott International 
Marriott International, Inc.(NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Be­thesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties in 78 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest com­pany news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About A Woman’s NationTM
A Woman’s NationTM is a non-profit organization dedicated to making sure that the value of women is recognized and respected – at home, in the workplace and as caretakers on the front­lines of humanity. Through its multimedia initiatives and innovative partnerships, A Woman's Nation informs, inspires, and ignites change in hearts and minds. To learn more, please visit www.AWomansNation.org.

Media Contacts: 
Sierra Wilson, Edelman, for A Woman’s Nation sierra.wilson@edelman.com or 323.202.1416 Angela Wiggins, Marriott International angela.wiggins@marriott.com or 301.380.7277

06/30/2014

National Business Group on Health Honors Marriott International with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Award

Marriott 5KBethesda, Md., June 30, 2014 - Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that for the first time it has received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles®award from the National Business Group on Health. Marriott is one of only two hospitality companies recognized this year; a total of 63 U.S. employers received the award.

 

“The health and wellbeing of our associates are top priorities and we are committed to providing the appropriate tools to help them adopt a healthy lifestyle,” said Jill Berger, vice president of health and welfare at Marriott International. “This award is a testament to not only our hard work establishing a sustainable wellness culture at Marriott, but also our passion to make choosing health every day both easy and fun.”

 

Marriott International created its TakeCare program in 2010 to empower employees to take personal responsibility for managing their health. From worksite wellness challenges and monthly webinars, to free health coaches, assessments, maternity support and a smoking cessation program, TakeCare is helping its associates both improve and maintain their health. Furthermore, the company is piloting a new certification program to recognize its hotels that are going above and beyond to create a healthy work environment for associates. 

 

Brian Marcotte, President and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, commented:  “We are very pleased to honor Marriott International for its dedication to providing programs that encourage wellness and healthy lifestyles for their employees and families. Marriott is among an elite group of organizations that are leading the way to promote healthy workplaces and lifestyles. Marriott and its management team should be proud of their efforts and we congratulate them on receiving this award.”

 

Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of two categories: Platinum, for exemplary workplace well-being programs, cultures and results; or Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees in their lifestyle and behavior changes. Marriott International was recognized in the Gold category. 

 

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

 

About the National Business Group on Health

The National Business Group on Health is the nation's only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national health care issues. The Business Group, whose 392 members include 69 of the Fortune 100, identifies, develops and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 55 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org.

Connect with amanda.waks@marriott.com 

11/13/2013

Marriott Aids the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

Our hearts go out to the victims affected by Friday’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan that struck central Philippines. An estimated 10 million people have been affected by the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall in recorded history. We continue to assess the full impact on our associates, their families and personal property.

The Cebu City Marriott and Manila Marriott hotels remain operational and are working closely with the Philippine Red Cross in meeting the needs of their associates and the broader community.

Given the historic scale of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Marriott International is contributing $50,000 USD (more than 2 million Philippine Peso) to the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.  Charitable efforts are underway at our hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region, particularly through the continent’s eleven Marriott Business Councils.  Activities are predominantly focused on fundraising to help the Philippine Red Cross address the most critical needs for food, water, clothing and medicine, rather than in-kind donations from outside the Philippines which often prove difficult to ship and distribute in the affected areas.”

The Philippine Red Cross is the primary provider of emergency relief during this disaster and associates who would like to contribute to their efforts through the American Red Cross may:

  • Make a credit card donation via the ARC secure website for the Typhoon Appeal.  Make a donation by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) and designating your gift for Philippine Typhoon Appeal.
  • Send a check made payable to the American Red Cross, and a donation form with a notation “Philippine Typhoon Appeal,” and mail to American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

If you would like to contribute through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, you may make a credit card donation via the secure website with a designation to "Philippine Typhoon Haiyan.”

Donations made to the American Red Cross are tax-deductible in the U.S. Please check with a local tax advisor for applicable rules outside the U.S.

Our thoughts and prayers continue for the Philippines and our associates there, as well as our Filipino associates located around the world.

11/08/2013

Marriott Hotels of Canada Ranked 4th on Canada’s 50 Best Employers List

Vancouver Pinnacle - Clowning AroundFor the ninth consecutive year, Marriott Hotels of Canada, a subsidiary of Marriott International, has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers. Unlike other workplace studies currently published in the marketplace, Best Employers is the only national study where employees determine the best places to work in Canada.  Marriott’s business is constantly evolving but the organization always stays true to their core values ; Putting people first , pursue excellence, embrace change,  act with integrity and serve our world.   Ranked 4th out of 50, Marriott Hotels of Canada is once again the highest-ranked hotel company in Canada on the list. 

The primary requirement for being recognized as a Best Employer is creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce, measured by asking employees at these organizations directly through a survey. According to Aon Hewitt’s definition, employees are engaged when they “say, stay and strive”: they speak positively about their employer to others, are committed to staying with their current employer, and are motivated by their organizations’ leaders, managers, culture and values to go “above and beyond” to contribute to business success.

To view the entire complete Best Employers in Canada list, please visit: http://www.aon.com/canada/products-services/human-capital-consulting/consulting/best_employers/bes_the_winners.html

For more information about careers at Marriott, visit www.marriott.com/careers.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 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 www.marriott.com, for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

About AON Hewitt Best Employers in Canada Study:
This year marks the 15th anniversary of our national survey. There were 282 Canadian employers surveyed representing a total employee population of approximately 280,000. This study helps organizations accurately assess engagement and identifies strategies to drive engagement higher with more information and insight. Participants have access to the largest Canadian database of employee opinion to benchmark their results within their industry or sector and against Best Employers.

CONTACT:  Katie MacDonald, (905) 366-5212, Katie.MacDonald@marriott.com

10/30/2013

Marriott CEO Says Company is “All About the Welcome” and Being Inclusive

RayArneMarriott Honored by Executive Leadership Council for its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership.

“As CEO of a global hotel company, diversity and inclusion makes sense because it’s the heart and soul of our business which is hospitality. We are all about the welcome and being inclusive,” said Arne Sorenson, the company’s president and CEO, during his acceptance speech at the 2013 Executive Leadership Council’s (ELC) Annual Gala. ELC is a national organization comprised of current and former African American CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 and equivalent companies. ELC works to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline and to empower African American corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplace and their communities.

Marriott was honored by ELC with the 2013 Corporate Award for its innovation in helping corporate America become stronger and more diverse. 

Marriott was the first company in the travel industry to establish a formal diversity and inclusion (D&I) program in 1989, and the first to introduce a formal supplier diversity program in 1997. Since then the programs have expanded to reflect the needs of the many communities and countries where the company does business. Marriott’s board level Committee for Excellence complements the company’s Global D&I Council, chaired by Sorenson, to ensure the integration of its D&I focus across all areas of the company. The Council, comprising Marriott’s continent presidents and other C-suite executives, oversees D&I strategies that both support the local across the world needs as well as global priorities to attract and engage a diverse stakeholder community of associates, customers, hotel owners and suppliers. Some of the company’s successes include:

  • Spending nearly $4 billion with diverse suppliers over the past decade; Women-owned business enterprises make up approximately 10 percent of Marriott’s supply chain.
  • Partnering with women and diverse business owners to build more than 600 Marriott-branded hotels. The company has a goal of having 700 of its hotels owned by diverse owners by 2015.
  • Offering targeted career development programs, such as the newly launched Emerging Leader Program in the Americas, which include a growing percentage of women and diverse leadership.
  • Attracting and engaging millions of Facebook fans with new social media targeting millennial customers and also associates through its industry-leading Facebook jobs and careers page and global career website.
  • Creating a fresh new look for Marriott.com/gaytravel, the first hospitality portal tailored for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers worldwide in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese. Additionally, launching a new marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us(SM),” to celebrate Pride Season in cities around the world that host gay pride parades and festivals to celebrate the LGBT community.
  • Launching the “For You, We’re Marriott®” campaign, to help showcase the distinction among our brands for business travelers as their needs and budgets change. The campaign focused on African American, Hispanic and LGBT business travelers and ran in both print and digital media.
  • Establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with customer organizations such as the Executive Leadership Council, National Council of La Raza, National Black MBA Association, Women Corporate Directors, National Urban League, Human Rights Campaign, Asia Society, VetFran, U.S. Business Leadership Network, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers, Asian American Hotel Owners Association and the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Sorenson continued, “It’s important to our company that diversity and inclusion is not viewed as separate work, but as a normal course of our business. I look forward to the day when barriers are removed, everyone – no matter the difference – is valued and an environment of inclusiveness is the norm which will lead to opportunities for all to contribute and grow.”

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It has been recently honored by Great Places to Work Institute® for being one of the 2013 World's Best Multinational Workplaces and "2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for 22nd year. 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 D&I efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 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 www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com and diversity inclusion news, visit www.marriott.com/diversity.

Connect with felicia.mclemore@marriott.com