To stay in business for almost 85 years, well, you know you’re doing something right. To stay in business for this long and be recognized as one of the most ethical companies, that tells me we’re doing a lot of things right.
For the fourth year, Ethisphere Institute named Marriott as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies, selecting us for engaging in business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to our success, benefitting the community, and raising the bar for ethical standards within the industry. That’s great praise and we’re in great company.
Ed Ryan, our general counsel, was invited by The Ethisphere Institute to join representatives from companies such as PepsiCo, GE and Ford in ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Through Ed’s leadership, “how we do business” remains true to my father’s founding principles.
Marriott has grown from two employees in 1927 to over 300,000 today. We’ve expanded from a nine-stool root beer stand to about 3700 hotels in 71 countries. We’ve been able to do this because of our core values one of which is conducting business with integrity. We believe that how we do business is as important as the business we do.
Upholding high ethical standards is important to us. That’s why I applaud all of our associates and business partners worldwide for helping us hold true to our values. We’re honored to be in “good company” with the world’s most ethical businesses.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the Move.