WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
Marriott International moves up three spots. The company has had a consistent presence on this list for its demonstrated commitment to creating a diverse talent pipeline and supplier network. The company celebrated 25 years of its Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2014.
President and CEO Arne Sorenson ties executive compensation to diversity metrics. He chairs the company’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, and also sits on its board-level Committee for Excellence, which focuses on advancing global diversity and inclusion.
The company has excellent retention rates and promotion of underrepresented groups. Marriott is also dedicated to building a diverse talent pipeline. It has developed strong talent-development programs and pays close attention to engagement of high-performing talent from underrepresented groups.
Marriott works closely with several nonprofits to find and develop talent. For example, the company partners with the National Black MBA Association to help recruit top talent. It proactively engages diverse suppliers.
Marriott’s current portfolio includes nearly 700 hotels owned by women, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians. There are another 433 in the development pipeline.
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.”
U.S. Headquarters: Bethesda, Md.
Global Employees: 201,488
U.S. Employees: 104,263
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 16
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