Marriott International`s Diversity Programs Recognized By Fortune And Latina Style Magazines

Marriott International, Inc. (MAR/NYSE) has been named for the second year to Fortune Magazine`s “Diversity Elite,” the top 50 companies for Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics. In addition, LATINA Style has included Marriott in its list of the top 50 companies providing professional opportunities for Hispanic women.

Brendan Keegan, Marriott International`s executive vice president - human resources, said, “Expanding opportunities for minorities is central to our company`s business. We are pleased that both Fortune and LATINA Style have recognized that our efforts are succeeding.”

Keegan noted that at Marriott International, about 21.5 percent of managers were minorities. He also cited Marriott`s firm commitment to expand its outreach to diverse suppliers to the company. He said the company has a goal to purchase five percent of its total supplies from minority and women vendors over the next 3 years.

In developing its second annual survey, Fortune worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, a nonprofit research firm in New York, to determine which companies are most inclusive in hiring, promoting, and retaining people of color.

LATINA Style Magazine, a national magazine for professional Hispanic working women, compiled its Top 50 list through a process that involved sending comprehensive surveys to chief executives of Fortune 500 companies, as well as to key companies involved in the Hispanic community.