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Global Diversity and Inclusion

Expanding our global reach.

At Marriott, we know that it is essential for our leaders to truly embrace and understand different cultures. Nearly 70 percent of our hotel rooms under construction are beyond North America’s shores. As we evolve our diversity and inclusion goals to support global growth, Marriott’s core value of “putting people first” creates new opportunities in communities around the world.

The Americas, Caribbean & Latin America
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Programs and Initiatives

  • Our partnerships include Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that uses running to help members of the homeless community get back on their feet and into jobs, including at our Marriott hotels.
  • Through the Bridges From School to Work® program, we are training and employing young people with disabilities.
  • Our hotels in Brazil and Mexico are providing vulnerable youth with life and employment skills through the Youth Career Initiative.
  • Through our partnerships with the National Urban League Young Professionals (NUL) and the National Council of La Raza Lideres Initiative (NCLR), we provide scholarships to members to attend annual NUL and NCLR conferences. Recipients are selected based on their service hours to their local communities and endorsements received by their peers.

Community Impact

  • Marriott Lima Hotel in Peru employs 350 associates and contributes more than $10 million annually to the Peruvian economy through expenditures on salaries, supplies and services.
  • The 175-room Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince in Haiti, scheduled to open in early 2015, will be the first four-star branded hotel in the country and generate more than 200 new jobs.

 

More than 50% of Marriott hotel growth in coming years will be in emerging markets such as Brazil.
Asia Pacific

Programs and Initiatives

  • In Asia Pacific and worldwide, our Ritz-Carlton hotels help youth gain life skills and an introduction to hotel careers through our award-winning Succeed through Service partnership with local schools in disadvantaged communities.
  • Marriott’s “Li Yu” welcome program features a suite of customized amenities and services tailor-made for Chinese outbound travelers. “Li Yu” means “Serve with Courtesy” in Mandarin.
  • The Asia Society Honored Marriott with the Global Business Leadership Award.
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In 2012, China became the #1 exporter of tourists, accounting for 70 million overseas trips.

Community Impact

  • The Marriott hotel pipeline in China should allow us to open, on average, one new hotel a month until 2017.
  • In India, we expect to grow from 16 to more than 50 hotels by 2015, including Fairfield by Marriott(SM), which was specifically designed for the market.

 

Europe
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Programs and Initiatives

  • Through World of Opportunity Europe, our hotels are providing opportunity to young people by offering employment skills training and vocational opportunities through a variety of charitable partners, including SOS Children’s Villages in Continental Europe and The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge program in the United Kingdom.
  • In 2012, our hotels contributed $300,000, volunteered nearly 4,000 hours of time and sponsored more than 250 young people across Europe in vocational training and employment courses.
  • Marriott supported the Out & Equal Conference in London.

Community Impact

  • The number of our hotel rooms in Europe is expected to double to 40,000 by 2015.
The new Marriott MOXY HOTEL brand makes its debut in Italy in 2014.
Middle East & Africa

Programs and Initiatives

  • In September 2012, Marriott announced our partnership with Akilah Institute for Women, a program that provides affordable, market-relevant higher education, including a diploma in hospitality management, for Rwandan women from disadvantaged backgrounds. We trained 17 young Rwandan women to work in the hotel industry and work as supervisors in our first Sub-Saharan Africa hotel, the Kigali Marriott Hotel, where they will to assist in teaching approximately 250 other Kigali Marriott Hotel associates, most of whom will be Rwandans.

 

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Marriott International opened its first hotel in this region in 1980.

Community Impact

  • As Marriott expects to increase its presence in Africa more than sixfold from eight to 50 hotels by 2020, we also anticipate hiring nearly 10,000 associates, the majority of whom will be local residents.