Diversity & Inclusion - Corporate

Creating an Inclusive Environment

We believe our strength lies in our ability to embrace differences and create opportunities for all employees, guests, owners and franchisees, and suppliers. Marriott’s core value of putting people first includes our commitment to diversity and inclusion, 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:

Marriott’s award winning #LoveTravels campaign, which inspires all travelers to explore their personal passions and to celebrate their unique perspectives and experiences. The #LoveTravels campaign features the stories of everyday and notable travelers such as Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Angela Simmons, Tim Howard, Diego Boneta, and Diane Guerrero. More inspiring stories can be found at LoveTravelsWithMe.comopens in new window.

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 we value the differences of our associates as 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 build a more inclusive 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 (pdf) the form.

For more information on our brands, locations, news and more, visit our Hotel Developmentopens in new window page.


  • TODAY: We have 800+ open hotels owned by women and diverse partners
  • OUR GOAL: To have 1,500 open hotels owned by women and diverse partners by 2020

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Exchanges – a diverse supplier program by Marriott – helps to drive economic empowerment around the world, support our customers and expand our global footprint. Our partnerships with minority-, woman-, service veteran-, disabled-, and LGBT-owned businesses foster an exchange of ideas, spurring innovation and inspiring us all to do business better.

Marriott is an active corporate member of various multinational organizations that represent diverse and historically excluded suppliers, including the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and WEConnect International. Each year, Marriott participates in, hosts and supports an array of conferences, seminars, forums, and events to help further evolve global supplier diversity.

For more information about our supplier diversity efforts, visit our Exchanges page.


Marriott conducts business with over 4,000 diverse-owned companies annually.