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EXCHANGES – A Diverse Supplier Program by Marriott

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Exchanges, a diverse supplier program by Marriott, welcomes differences. It’s through embracing and valuing them that we can truly think and thrive globally. Our diverse suppliers play an integral role.

When we partner with minority-, women-, LGBT-, disabled-, and veteran-owned businesses, we all benefit. It helps to drive economic empowerment around the world, better support our customers and expand our global footprint.

The EXCHANGE of ideas spurs innovation and helps us all do business better. Join the exchange and discover how we can all be empowered by our differences.

“Partnering with diverse-owned businesses opens us to immense opportunities. EXCHANGES exemplifies our organization’s tireless commitment to diversity and the belief that all of our success lies in embracing our differences."

-Ray Bennett, Chief Global Officer, Global Operations

At a Glance

Success Stories

Torn Ranch

Torn Ranch President Deana Kay with company logo, boxed chocolates and healthy snacks

Exchanges is proud to feature Torn Ranch, a woman-owned business based in Petaluma, California. Deana Kay is the president of this 40-year-old company, which produces sustainable and organic snacks that are stored and displayed in innovative packaging. Torn Ranch and Marriott have engaged in a robust 25-year partnership.

Renaissance Man Food Services

RMFS owner Hershel Walker with company logo and two entrées of delicious chicken

Exchanges is proud to feature Renaissance Man Food Services, a minority-owned business in Savannah, Georgia. Established and owned by Herschel Walker, Renaissance Man produces high-quality protein products that are distributed in all 50 states. “Our relationship with Marriott means a great deal because they have not only helped me succeed and grow, but also remain a loyal partner dedicated to success of their diverse partners,” states Herschel Walker.

Getting Started

Number one

Meet Minimum Qualifications

 

  • Ownership: At least 51% owned, managed and operated by a diverse entity
  • Business History: Minimum 3 years
  • Quality & Service: Meet or exceed customer service standards; quality assurance by approved third party, when applicable
  • Pricing: Must offer competitive pricing
  • Insurance: Meet insurance and indemnification requirements
  • Other Areas: On-time deliveries; innovation; preferred hospitality experience

 


 

Number two

Review Sourcing Needs

 

  • Products: Beverage, disposables, food, furniture and fixtures, hotel amenities, kitchen equipment, linens, small wares, uniforms
  • Services: Cleaning services (e.g. carpet cleaning, night cleaning), general contractors, landscaping, laundry, printing, roofing

 


 

Number three

Share Applicable and Compelling Product/Service for Consideration

 

Avendra (Marriott’s procurement services partner)

Marriott International Procurement

For more information about Avendra and Marriott International, please visit our FAQs.

Our Partners

FAQs

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What is the difference between Marriott International Procurement and Avendra?

Marriott International Procurement oversees global procurement for Marriott and partners closely with Avendra, who supports company purchasing across the Americas.

Avendra is Marriott’s procurement services partner. They manage approximately 80% of our purchasing across the Americas. Please visit Avendra Open in a different browser tab for more information on their company and the commodities they manage.

What diverse-owned business categories does Marriott include in its Supplier Diversity (SD) program?

United States: Disability-, LGBT-, minority-, veteran- and woman-owned businesses.
Outside of the United States: Primarily women-owned businesses; in certain countries, aboriginal-, LGBT- and/or minority-owned businesses.

Does Marriott require diverse business certifications?

While Marriott does not require diverse-owned business to be certified, it is highly preferred. We consider certifications from various third parties, including, government entities (e.g. state or city), and non-governmental organizations (e.g. – WBENC, NGLCC). Diverse business owners without formal certification are required to provide documentation to validate their diverse ownership status.

Who do I contact about my submission for consideration?

You will receive confirmation after making your submission; follow-ups will be conducted only with those businesses that are compatible with our sourcing needs.

How can I connect with the Marriott Supplier Diversity team?

Throughout the year, the Marriott SD team attends various global, national, regional and local SD events. Please visit our partner pages for information on upcoming events and Marriott team attendance.

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