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Marriott celebrates 25 years of diversity

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October 5, 2015

Marriott celebrates 25 years of diversity

2015 Sustainability Report Marriott International celebrates?more than 25 years of its?global diversity and inclusion programme, along with the 25th?anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the US.
The company?s recently released?2015 Sustainability Report?highlights its support for diversity and inclusion commitments such as these, as well as its recent achievements and initiatives supporting the environment, local communities and youth employment.
Marriott spotlights a non-profit partner that shares its founders? name ? the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities.
Celebrating its 25th?year, the foundation?s Bridges from School to Work?programme was designed by Marriott?s human resources associates and experts in the field of disabilities to transform the lives of young adults through the power of a job.
More than 20,000 youths have benefitted from the programme?s services with more than 80 percent of participants securing local, competitive jobs in nine US cities. The foundation is committed to serving 1,500 Bridges young adults annually by 2018, representing a 50 percent growth rate in just three years.
In addition to featuring Marriott?s work with the Bridges programme, the 2015 Sustainability Report highlights the company?s ongoing support for diversity and inclusion. Key highlights include:
* Marriott has achieved a 300 percent increase in women?s representation in top leadership positions;
* Across the company, nine women lead divisions worth more than US$100 million in revenue;
* Women comprise over 30 percent of the company?s board of directors? positions;
* The company is on track to reach a goal of 1,000 minority- and women-owned hotels by 2020, with 699 properties currently qualifying; and
* The company continues to increase purchases with diverse suppliers for a total of more than US$4.5 billion spent since 2003 and a goal of US$568 million for 2015.
The report also highlights additional efforts and achievements including the company?s 22 percent decrease in water intensity in 2014 compared to a 2007 baseline.

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