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Marriott scores high on HRC Equality Index

Pristine pools and an azure beach provide a great tropical getaway for gays and lesbians at the Marriott Stellaris Casino Resort, San Juan Puerto Rico. On our trip, we saw more queers than you can shake a stick at, and were treated well during our stay. (c) GTH & Nathan DePetris

Marriott recently announced that the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has awarded the hotel chain’s parent corporation a score of 90 on its annual Corporate Equality Index for 2013. For many, just being listed on the HRC index is an achievement, and a score of 90 is very difficult to attain for most companies, especially in the highly competitive hospitality and hotel sector where wooing the LGBT community has been ‘in’ for decades. Marriott International’s 90 score is in line with Hilton Worldwide and Intercontinental Hotels, but shy of the perfect 100 scores received by Hyatt, Starwood and Kimpton.

The Corporate Equality Index rates employers by conducting an analysis of America’s top workplaces and their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Ratings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies, equal benefits for domestic partners, respectful advertising, and external community outreach. In 2013, ratings ranged from -25 (one company, Exxon, garnered that distinct dishonor) to a perfect 100 score.

“We have long followed our belief that if we take excellent care of associates, in turn, they will take excellent care of our guests,” says David Rodriguez, Chief HR Officer and Chief Diversity Executive for Marriott International. “We are unwavering in our conviction that a culture of inclusion that advances respect, growth and opportunity for our associates, customers and other stakeholders is what makes Marriott succeed.”

Marriott’s premier hotels frequently host galas and events on behalf of LGBT community leaders including the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, PFLAG, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott also serves as a proud sponsor for these nonprofit organizations, and as a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to help ensure diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses. This year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD for its prestigious Amplifier Award.

Resources:

HRC Corp Equality Index 2013 (web)
HRC Corp Equality Index 2013 –Full Report
Marriott’s global diversity and inclusion
Examples of Be You, With Us campaign, and gay travel portal (available in 5 languages)  
 
This news bulletin is based primarily on information received from TravelOut Newswire service on behalf of Marriott International and on publicly available information of scores published in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index by Human Rights Campaign.

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