The FINANCIAL — Marriott International, Inc. has been named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women 2015 by Fortune.com and the Great Place to Work Institute.
Companies were selected based on responses from over 135,000 women nationally on issues such as fairness of promotions, access to information and leadership, and support for personal lives as well as for the level of representation of women in leadership positions. Marriott was ranked #81 and is the top ranked company on the list with more than 100,000 employees, according to Marriott International.
“We are proud of this distinction and are honored to have been recognized,” said Arne M. Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since the pioneering work of our co-founder Alice S. Marriott in 1927, we have continued to benefit from the leadership and talents of many women who have shaped our workplace and the growth of our company.”
Marriott was applauded for its senior leadership commitment to women’s advancement. Through its Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, chaired by Mr. Sorenson, and its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, Marriott engages senior leaders to increase the presence of women in management and encourage current women leaders to drive organizational success. In addition, the Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence monitors progress and provides strategic oversight across the full spectrum of diversity and inclusion.
“This award is further proof that our people-first culture, centered on promoting the wellbeing of our associates and creating opportunity for all, is the most sustainable way to lead a business,” said David A. Rodriguez, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer. “When people feel they are on the path to better personal health and financial security, and are proud of their company’s inclusive workplace and citizenship, they become highly committed to its mission. They also are inspired to give back to their communities. It is the ultimate sign of engagement and signals a successful company.”
Across the globe at Marriott, women comprise nearly 60 percent of management and hold many powerful jobs, such as president of a major operating division and global chief marketing and commercial officer. At least nine women lead divisions worth more than $100 million annually. In addition, four of Marriott’s eleven board members are women.