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Diversity & Inclusion - Corporate

We believe our core strength lies in our ability to embrace differences and create opportunities for all employees, guests, owners and franchisees, and suppliers. Marriott’s diversity and inclusion policy is a company-wide priority supported by our board-level Committee of Excellence.

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Our commitment to welcoming all customers includes engaging with diverse groups, creating inclusive guest experiences, and supporting key diversity initiatives. Recent efforts include:

The “For You, We’re Marriott®” campaign focusing on African-American, Hispanic and LGBT business travelers.

The “Be You, With Us” marketing campaign aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers, friends and families was launched in celebration of Pride season.

Our platinum sponsorship of the world’s largest and most popular LGBT sport and cultural event, Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation.

For more information about our diverse customer engagement initiatives, see our partners.


We believe embracing differences makes Marriott a great place to work, conduct business and stay.

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Our Company has one of the most diverse and inclusive workforces and welcoming and valuing the differences of our associates is a strategic business priority. As a result of our efforts, Marriott has been named one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®, the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. As our founder said, success is never final and so we continue to focus on valuing diversity and fostering an inclusive environment by:

  • Empowering our associates to champion diversity and drive inclusion.
  • Developing multicultural tools and resources that help managers further understand and build awareness about cultural differences.
  • Engaging with organizations that support and provide opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities.
  • Focusing on the development of multigenerational workforce.

Marriott has been honored by key partners for its leadership in championing diversity and inclusion efforts.


Marriott was the first program over 25 years ago and proudly celebrated the 15th anniversary of our Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.

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Marriott’s diverse ownership efforts launched in 2005 and has continued to evolve, introducing successful diverse and women business owners to the hotel business, and educating them on the potential investment opportunities in the industry.

Our commitment is to diversify our ownership portfolio, not only providing a competitive advantage, also to enhance sustainable business growth, as well as both economic and social vitality.

Twice a year, Marriott hosts an Ownership Educational Summit to encourage hotel ownership and assist in educating potential owners about the hospitality industry, the path to hotel ownership, and the benefits of franchising strong Marriott brands.

For more information regarding our Ownership Educational Summits, please complete and submit the form.

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More than 600 Marriott hotel are owned by minorities and women.

  • TODAY: 700+ Open Hotels Owned by Diverse & Women Partners
  • OUR GOAL: 1000 Open Hotels with Diverse & Women Partners by 2020


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Our relationships with thousands of minority-, woman-, service veteran-, disabled-, and LGBT-owned businesses around the globe continue to grow and strengthen.

Over the last decade, Marriott has spent over $4 billion with diverse suppliers.

Marriott is an active corporate member of multinational organizations that support the development of diverse and historically excluded suppliers, such as The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Business Enterprise and National Council, WEConnect International. Throughout the year, Marriott proactively participates in, hosts and supports various conference, seminars, forums, and events to contribute to the evolution of global supplier diversity.

Marriott hosts Supplier Diversity 101  sessions at National Black MBA Association, U.S. Business Leadership Network and the National Urban League.

See our Supplier Evaluation form for more information.
For more information about our supplier diversity efforts, see our partners.


Women-owned business enterprises make up approximately 10% of Marriott's supply chain.

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