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Marriott International: No. 16 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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Company Information

U.S. Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
Global Employees: 300,000
U.S. Employees: 98,425
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: 21

Why It’s on the List


The hospitality giant, a perennial on the list, moves up this year as its supplier-diversity excellence and CEO commitment continue to expand.

Marriott, which was our Top Company for Supplier Diversity last year, requires Tier II (subcontractor) supplier diversity and works with a variety of third-party-certified vendors, including companies owned by LGBT people, people with disabilities and veterans with disabilities.

The company holds annual meetings with prime (Tier I) suppliers and offers external training and mentoring for suppliers, as well as financial education and assistance in the form of loans and favorable investment-payment terms.

President and Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson last year established continent-president accountability for D&I goals, appointing these top-level executives to the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. The company also established a new Chairman’s Report to highlight global D&I accomplishments related to the workforce, customers, owners and suppliers.

The company also focused on cultural-competence training for its workforce, including “Valuing Our World of Difference” e-learning for all associates, an annual companywide Cultural Appreciation Day, and “Creating Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion Strategies” for global leaders.

Other DiversityInc Lists

  • No. 6 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
  • No. 2 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • No. 6 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Latinos

Diversity Leadership

Arne Sorenson
President and CEO

“Putting people first and embracing differences has always been the cornerstone to our success. It ensures that our associates, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders feel truly appreciated and valued. We are passionate in our efforts to remove barriers and create an inclusive environment that leads to opportunities for others to contribute and grow.”

David Rodriguez
Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive

“At Marriott, diversity and inclusion is about Putting People First in all we do and valuing the uniqueness of every individual. That’s why we embrace and appreciate our personal differences and the things we hold in common.  We passionately believe that the many differences that our associates bring to the workplace and the “family-style” manner in which we care for one another enables us to be more innovative in our approach and more responsive to those we serve.”