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Marriott International Conservation Measures on Track to Meet 2020 Goals

August 18, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Marriott International, Inc. today released its 2014 Sustainability Report – available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports – sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity. 

One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020[1].

“Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.6a0128763ee05d970c01b7c6cc211f970b-800wi

The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013.  The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices.

“We’re pleased that our sustainability performance is continuing to improve globally. In the U.S. nearly 50 percent of our portfolio recently earned TripAdvisor GreenLeader™ status thanks to our work and the use of tools like Green Hotels Global,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity. “Our supply chain focus, which ties to our sustainability and commitment to diversity and inclusion, has also progressed with our achievement of 75 percent spend with sustainable suppliers through MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index for furniture, fixtures and equipment and $468 million in spend with diverse suppliers.”

The report also highlights Marriott’s decades-long commitment to developing a skilled workforce. Globally Marriott is supporting youth employment initiatives such as its “World of Opportunity” charitable giving and workplace skills training program in 24 European countries, The Ritz-Carlton’s “Succeed Through Service” program in 26 countries; the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda, where Marriott has hired 40 young graduates; and the International Tourism Partnership Youth Career Initiative(YCI) program in 10 countries.

“Creating a sustainable future means creating more jobs and stronger communities, a greater ‘world of opportunity’,” said Mari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility.  “Our partnerships allow us to be a catalyst to address rising youth unemployment and help provide skills to prepare young people for the workplace.  One of the company’s signature partners is the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that the Marriott family started with a model designed by Marriott associates to help urban youth with disabilities secure competitive jobs while helping employers source a talent pool of youth they may not have considered.  Twenty-five years later, the Bridges program alone has served 20,000 youth. ”

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