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Marriott International has valued diversity since the founding of the company in 1927, according to its website, and current President and CEO Arne Sorensen and former CEO Executive Chairman Bill Marriott have been strong supporters.

The company states: “Embracing differences is part of the way we do business around the world, and essential to our success as a leading hospitality company with a growing global portfolio. Diversity and inclusion are closely tied to our core values and our strategic business goals, so they are embedded into every facet of our business.”

Arne Sorensen, President and CEO recently spoke against Indiana’s anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying: “This is just plain wrong and and we will not stand for it the notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is not right.”

In its 12 years on the DiversityInc Top 50, Marriott’s diversity and inclusion efforts have evolved. That’s why the company moved up three spots this year despite increasing competition.

With Dr. David A. Rodriguez heading the D&I effort, Marriott has made progress, including:

Promoting more than 85 high potentials in the United States with 55 percent women and 36 percent Black, Latino, Asian or Native American

Positioned to have more than 790 diverse-owned hotels by the end of 2015, above the previously stated goal of 700. The current goal is 1,000 by 2020

An increase of 25 percent in spend with diverse suppliers

Nine women now lead divisions with revenue greater than $100 million

Nearly 30Thirty-sixpercent of the Board of Directors is female

In 2014, the company launched #lovetravels, an inclusive marketing campaign that reaches LGBT, Black and Latino customers


Arne Sorenson

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.”

Dr. David A. Rodriguez

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


No. 4 Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees

No. 10 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity


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