When I’m on vacation, I love to walk along the beach and look back to see the footprints I’ve left in the sand. I know that companies can’t literally leave footprints, but all companies leave evidence of their activities.
Marriott recently released its 2008-2009 Sustainability Report. It is a record of our progress and ongoing commitment to social responsibility, global diversity and inclusion, sustainability, being an employer of choice and our “Spirit To Serve” culture.
Sustainability is an important part of our global expansion and our commitment to grow responsibly. This is why we’re supporting rainforest preservation in the Amazon and access to fresh water in China. At the same time, our hotels around the world are taking steps to be more environmentally-friendly. It’s a long journey, and we still have much work ahead, but I think we’re on the right track.
So when I look back at Marriott’s footprints, I hope to see that we’ve walked very lightly.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.