Marriott International was recognised as the thirteenth most diversity friendly company on the 2015 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List. Improving this year by three spots since 2014, the accolade makes Marriott the highest ranking hotel company on the list. The company was also ranked on specialty lists for its LGBT (number four) and supplier diversity (at number ten) efforts.
The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.
“Our passion is to keep Marriott the place where customers, associates and others feel they belong and will be cared for like family,” said David Rodriguez, Executive Vice President – Global Human Resources Officer and Global Diversity Executive.
“And therefore, our greatest source of fulfilment is the diversity of people who choose Marriott for great experiences and opportunity. We strive to ensure that inclusion continues to mean that everyone is valued for what they hold in common with everyone else, and also for the unique differences that make us all one-of-a-kind masterpieces. We believe that true inclusion embraces us as individuals in a grand mosaic without sacrificing insight or compassion for the difficulties that any group may face.”
In 2014, Marriott celebrated 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative. The hotel group has been recognised for its embrace of diversity and inclusion, with results such as the Human Rights Campaign 100 per cent equality score, LatinaStyle Top 50, Working Mother Best Places to Work , Top Company as Named by the Executive Leadership Council and a World’s Best Multinational Work Places as named by Best Place to Work.