Marriott International’s formal commitment to diversity began nearly 20 years ago, focused primarily on workplace programs. Today, Marriott’s® global workforce, customers, owners, franchisees and suppliers give the company a competitive advantage and a strong industry leadership position.
The Diversity Ownership Program helps Marriott attract and develop relationships with quality-minded minority and female owners and franchisees, and supports them through the development process. Marriott achieved its Diversity Ownership Program goal of 500 diversely owned hotels by the end of 2010. To attract aspiring diverse owners and franchisees, the company hosts educational summits that highlight how prospective sites are evaluated and how hotels are built, financed and operated. Marriott also invested $20 million in the U.S.-based RLJ Urban Lodging Fund to facilitate the development of hotels in urban locations and contributed monetary, in-kind and executive talent resources to the International Franchise Association to further its Emerging Markets and Minority Entrepreneurs Scholarship programs.
The organization's overall commitment to diversity starts with J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International, Inc., who is a strong advocate for and supporter of the company's diversity efforts. Diversity permeates throughout Marriott's ownership base, workforce, and suppliers, which is in large part attributable to Mr. Marriott's dedication, as well as to the entire organization's continued focus in this area. As a result, Marriott is seen to have one of the most broadly diverse ownership portfolios in the industry.
To learn more about Marriott's Diversity Ownership Initiative and to speak with a representative, please click on the following link to provide us with your information. Diversity Ownership Program Inquiry [pdf]