With over 6,000 hotels in more than 120 countries and territories, it’s vital to our company’s success that we reach across cultural borders to embrace differences.
When unity is a priority, it strengthens our family of associates, which leads to a warm welcome to our guests, no matter their background. It opens doors to opportunity and makes a difference in our communities.
Each year our company recognizes the best of the best with the Marriott Awards of Excellence program. One of the awards given is the J.W. Marriott, Jr. Diversity Excellence Award to recognize a team going above and beyond to make diversity and inclusion a way of life.
The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opened their doors in 2014, but they’ve already established themselves as a team who cares deeply about each other and their community. Upon opening, 58 percent of positions were filled by hiring from all eight wards in the city. And, through a Goodwill Jobs Training partnership, the hotel also hired nearly 200 candidates with disadvantaged backgrounds.
Associates have logged nearly 1,000 hours volunteering, with most activities focused on empowering diversity and job readiness. The hotel’s supplier diversity efforts have resulted in more than $1 million spent with women- and minority-owned businesses.
It’s not just lip service. Our company puts our time, money and talent behind making diversity a priority. And because it’s one of our core values established from the beginning, we’ll never stop putting people first.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.