Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today has been named, for the fourth consecutive year, among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. (LGBT) equality, by again earning a perfect 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
The CEI is a nationally recognized benchmark that evaluates America’s leading workplaces and their inclusion of LGBT employees and their allies that was started in 2002. Corporations like Marriott that earn the top CEI score of 100 percent also are named the “ Best Places to Work” in the U.S. For a list of criteria that comprise the Index’s objective rankings and the corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit www.hrc.org.
“Throughout our almost 90-year history, Marriott has never wavered in our aim to attract the best talent and to cultivate a culture that enables all to thrive,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International. “Our policies have always focused on making every associate and every guest feel equally valued and respected at every one of our properties. We are grateful to the Human Rights Campaign for this recognition of our commitment to inclusion and workplace excellence.”
Along with Marriott’s longstanding commitment to inclusive human resource policies, the perfect CEI rating also acknowledges the company’s public commitment to advancing LGBT equality. This year, Marriott officially joined the HRC Global Business Coalition, a respected public forum for major multinational businesses to advance workplace protections for LGBT employees worldwide. In addition, last month, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson delivered keynote remarks at the annual Gala of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.