Marriott International details 4 themes to scale up diversity and inclusion

Marriott International has outlined four pillars which will help the global hotel giant to scale up on their commitment towards inclusion in the hotel.

In a statement released by the Hotel Group, Marriott said, it was proud to be one of the first companies to establish a board of directors committee focused on the advancement of inclusion two decades ago.

‘’For more than 93 years, we have had a long-standing and recognized commitment to putting people first and ensuring inclusive opportunity for all. Marriott was one of the first companies two decades ago to establish a board of directors committee focused on advancing inclusive opportunity. We’re proud of the fact that fifty percent of the company’s board of directors and senior management are either diverse or women,’’ the statement said.

‘’Our approach to diversity and inclusion is focused on accountability and achieving results. We currently have more than 1,400 hotels owned by diverse or women owners, with a goal of 1,500 this year. We also recognize the importance of cultivating a supply chain that includes diverse or women owned businesses. In 2019, we spent over $900 million with diverse or women owned suppliers. We are proud to showcase our commitment to diversity, inclusion and social good through our #LoveTravels purpose driven marketing campaign which aims to advance people pursuing inclusion, equality, peace and human rights’’

Citing the words of its founder J.W. Marriott, Sr. the hotel said, “success is never final.” We couldn’t agree more – especially when it comes to our focus on diversity and inclusion at Marriott and in the community. While we have championed equality, we know we can do more.

Here are some of the steps we’ll be taking:

• The Conversation Starts With Us: We will be hosting a series of town halls to make sure we continue to listen to our associates and use their perspectives to map our plans and actions. During these “TakeCare Community Talks,” we will focus on the fight against racism, the advancement of equality and justice in society, and the role of Marriott in that effort.

• On-ramps to Leadership: Marriott’s Emerging Leader Program was created to increase the number of women and people of color in leadership roles. Moving forward, we’ll be expanding this program to bring an even sharper focus to the career development needs of our Black associates while creating exciting new pathways for the next generation to begin their careers with us.

• Working With the Experts: We are engaged with our partners in the Black community, organizations we have been working with for decades – like the NAACP and National Urban League and others, providing financial support to help them pursue the mission of equality and social justice, while also relying on them for advice as we continue to drive progress within Marriott. We are also working to provide an opportunity for our Marriott Bonvoy members to donate loyalty program points to organizations focused on advancing racial equality and social justice – points that we will match and then convert to monetary donations for these important organizations.

• Using our Voice: We’re listening to community partners and in dialogue with policymakers to advance solutions that address barriers to equality and opportunity.

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