A History of Valuing Diversity
Since its founding in 1927, Marriott has valued diversity and inclusion of all associates. This legacy is now a fundamental operating principle and business imperative.
Since 2003, our Committee for Excellence has promoted the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and minority employees, and initiated efforts to develop an increasingly diverse owner, guest, and supplier base. In 2005, the J. W. Marriott Diversity Excellence Award was created to recognize a business unit or department for promoting diversity and building an inclusive environment.
Our 10-member Board of Directors includes three minorities, including two women. Our Regional Diversity and Inclusion Councils ensure that our diversity strategy is implemented in local markets with strategic partnerships, targeted recruitment campaigns, diversity communications, and other outreach to associates.
As Marriott grows and expands globally, we continue to broaden how we think about global diversity and inclusion, reaching across cultural borders to embrace the unique gifts and talents of the communities where we live and work.