Two hotel brands in the top 50 companies for diversity

Marriott associates celebrate award.
Marriott International Associates Seema Jain, Director of Multicultural Affairs; Betsy Kiss, Senior Director of Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity & Inclusion; Casey Oakes, Director of Supplier Diversity; Jennifer Yuan, Human Resources Manager at New York Marriott East Side; and, Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, Vice President of Workforce Engagement & Global Diversity & Inclusion.

Marriott International and Hilton have placed in the top five on Diversity Inc’s report on the Top 50 Companies for Diversity in the US list.

The list is judged on a range of criteria including talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability, and supplier diversity.

According to the report, of the companies who made the top ten on the list, only 45 percent of management staff are people of colour and 35 percent women. Furthermore, senior management in the top 50 companies was made up of 35 percent people of colour and 22 percent women.

Marriott International placed second on the list, making it the highest ranking hospitality company on the list since 2001.

One of the notable initiatives that got it so high in the list was the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative which was implemented 20 years ago to develop women leaders in the workplace. Now women comprise 54 percent of Marriott’s workforce.

Another programme of note was the Marriott Serve 360 Plan which involves a commitment to invest at least $5 million to increase and deepen programmes to develop skills and opportunities for youth, diverse populations, women, people with disabilities, veterans and refugees.

“Our founders created a business with simple, yet powerful principles: Put people first in every decision and open doors to opportunity for everyone,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer, Marriott International.

“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our pledge to extend this important legacy and to drive our business forward. It is how we will ensure that Marriott remains the place where everyone belongs.”

Hilton came in fourth on the rankings, a six-spot rise from the company’s tenth place last year, and the fifth year in a row it has made the top 50 list. One of Hilton’s biggest successes is the Hilton Executive Inclusion Council, which is chaired by President and CEO Chris Nassetta. The Council provides oversight of the company’s diversity and inclusion programmes and initiatives to senior leaders across Hilton.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to receive this recognition from DiversityInc, especially as we approach our 100th anniversary,” said Matthew Schuyler, chief human resources officer, Hilton.

“For the last century, Hilton has opened its doors to more than 3 billion guests and 1 million team members whose diverse background and beliefs make up the fabric of Hilton and who are responsible for creating an incredible sense of belonging in our properties and offices around the world.”

The rankings are based on empirical data provided from a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at each participating company.