Hotels standing up for employees rights

Marriott champion human rights for a diverse workforce

Marriott champion human rights for a diverse workforce

Human Rights Day, 10th December, is encouraging people to stand up for other people’s rights and Marriott hotels have been recognised for doing this for their employees.

Earlier this month Marriott International was recognised by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity, 10 Best Workplaces for Latinos and 10 Best Workplaces for African Americans.

The lists are based on employee surveys and their assessments of the opportunities for advancement and professional development, fairness of promotions, access to senior leadership, feelings of honest connections with colleagues, and how comfortable they feel being themselves at work.

Commenting on the recognition, David Rodriguez, executive vice president and global chief human resources officer said, “At Marriott, we want everyone to feel that they belong—that they are family; it’s the true heart of an inclusive work environment. Our concept of diversity and inclusion promotes a sense of unity, with each of us having the power to be the best at our jobs and to make a positive difference for one another. This recognition from Great Place to Work and Fortune, which considers feedback from our associates, affirms that we are on the right path.”

Marriott International established one of the first corporate diversity and inclusion programmes nearly 30 years ago. Today, the company is one of the most diverse in the U.S. with 64 percent of its associates representing minority groups. More than half of its managers started their Marriott careers as front-line associates, showing that opportunities to advance are available to many.

People-first best-practice policies and programmes that contribute to Marriott’s inclusive workplace include:

– TakeCare Movement focusing on wellbeing and happiness
– Emerging Leader Programme for front-line and mid-level managers
– Talent Network Teams addressing associate-recommended business challenges with innovative solutions
– Diversity & Inclusion Councils promoting diverse perspectives on the business and workplace
– Paid parental leave, financial assistance for adoption, infertility coverage and progressive healthcare benefits
– Workplace and scheduling flexibility options

The company was also recognised this year as LATINA Style Company of the Year, DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Diversity and Black Enterprise 50 Best Companies for Diversity. The company scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index and has placed on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list each year since its inception in 1998.

One of the key programmes of the International Tourism Partnership is human rights. ITP works with members including Marriott International, helping them understand the complex issues and work with other members to identify effective solutions. ITP is clear that human rights risk is a particular concern for the hotel industry, where outsourced jobs and construction of properties can allow human trafficking into the supply chain. Members are working hard to address these issues and ensure fair labour standards for all employees.

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