U.S. Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
Global Employees: 325,000 (associates at Marriott International headquarters and Marriott managed and franchised hotels worldwide)
U.S. Employees: 103,121
Why It’s on the List
A mainstay on this list, hospitality chain Marriott International gets credit for strong CEO leadership and for being a leader in supplier diversity.
President and CEO Arne Sorensen, who accepted Marriott’s award in 2012 as DiversityInc’s Top Company for Supplier Diversity, chairs the executive diversity council, signs off on executive compensation tied to diversity, meets regularly with employee resource groups, and constantly communicates Marriott’s values and how diversity and inclusion drive business.
Known for its customer service, Marriott has created an inclusive workforce that reflects its desire for culturally competent customer-facing employees. Dr. David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, leads this effort.
Marriott is known for its philanthropy to underserved communities. The company’s “Spirit to Serve” social-responsibility and community-engagement strategy focuses on five global areas—Shelter and Food, Environment, Readiness for Hotel Careers, Vitality of Children, and Embracing Diversity and Inclusion. One day a year, associates worldwide serve their local communities as volunteers. Those who benefit include the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund.
Other DiversityInc Lists
- No. 7 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
President and CEO
“At Marriott, it is all about the welcome. Our core strength lies in our ability to embrace differences and offer opportunity to everyone so that they feel valued and contribute their unique gifts and experience personal growth. Similarly, our ability to attract the most diverse customers and reflect local cultures in our hotels will propel our future success and global growth.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve. 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 be our guidepost to business success.”