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2015 straight for equality in the workplace: marriott international

Marriott International is a leading lodging global company founded in 1927 and based in Bethesda, MD, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Approximately 361,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.   

A worldwide hospitality leader and a steadfast partner with PFLAG, Marriott is especially prized for its enduring dedication to inclusion, acceptance and welcome for all. The company shows its commitment to LGBT equality in countless ways including its perfect 100% score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index and its recognition as one of the very first hotel leaders to offer equal same-sex partner benefits beginning in 1999. Marriott also has engaged PFLAG and other allies throughout the organization with business programs focused on elevating inclusion strategies in the U.S. as well as in Mexico.   

Marriott also is a prominent member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a national sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates among LGBT national and community leaders. Marriott also includes LGBT-owned businesses certified by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in its supplier diversity program.  

Last year, Marriott launched its popular and award-winning #LoveTravels campaign expressing its commitment to make every traveler feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel.  The campaign inspired America with images and building wraps featuring Jason Collins, the NBA’s first out player, Geena Rocero, a transgender supermodel, and Marriott’s own LGBT associates.  

As a public policy advocate, Marriott has championed basic fairness including LGBT employment nondiscrimination along with immigration equality. Just last year, Marriott was one of the very first corporations to oppose Arizona’s hurtful anti-gay legislation and to successfully urge the governor’s veto. Marriott also is an advocate for marriage equality not only by joining other corporations to seek successful repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, but by stepping up again in 2015 to sign the historic corporate amicus brief advising the Supreme Court that today’s hodgepodge of marriage laws are costly and complicated, as well as a burden on every employer. Marriott believes that without the freedom to marry everywhere, the cost of inequality is a price businesses cannot justify or afford.  

In 2013, Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott VP for Multicultural Affairs, proudly served as co-chair for our Fifth Annual PFLAG Straight for Equality Gala. And in 2015, accepting the Straight for Equality in the Workplace award on behalf of every associate who comes to work every day for Marriott International is CEO Arne Sorenson.