(NYSE: MAR) Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott Jr. this week received the Jackie
Robinson Foundation’s 2004 ROBIE Award for Achievement in Industry for his
company’s commitment to diversity in business. The foundation recognized
Marriott for the company’s success in employment and supplier diversity.
“This award is truly an honor for me, as well as the thousands of Marriott
associates who work daily to make Marriott a diversity leader. I am proud to
say that along with attracting a talented and diverse workforce, Marriott
spends more than $150 million a year on minority and women-owned businesses.”
The foundation also honored husband-and-wife actors and activists, Ruby
Dee and Ossie Davis and Brown University President Ruth Simmons.
In recent years, Marriott has received honors for its diversity efforts
from numerous organizations, including DiversityInc., Hispanic, Latina Style,
Working Mother and Fortune magazines, as well as the NAACP, which has ranked
Marriott number one in its Lodging Industry Report Card for the past five
years, National Minority Business Council and Black Meetings & Tourism.
Marriott International, Inc. is a leading worldwide hospitality company
with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 68 other
countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises
hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance,
Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites
and Ramada International brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership
resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International. For more information
or reservations, visit http://www.marriott.com .