Marriott strengthens workplace diversity, equity and inclusion

Marriott International Asia Pacific signs Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers by the Equal Opportunities Commission Hong Kong.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have always been at the heart of Marriott International’s core value to put people first and create a welcoming environment for all. Marriott International signed the Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers, highlighting its continuous efforts to champion diversity, equity and inclusion.

Led by the Equal Opportunities Commission Hong Kong, the Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers (Charter) provides employers with guidelines and best practices through a checklist of policies and practices they can implement to further their diversity, equity and inclusion objectives, including racial diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“We are proud to sign the Racial Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Employers with the Equal Opportunities Commission Hong Kong to reinforce our continuous efforts in fostering an inclusive workplace,” said Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International for Asia Pacific. “At Marriott, we believe in the fundamental need to create a culture of belonging where all associates are treated with dignity and respect. From empowering and developing women leaders as we work towards gender representation parity for global company leadership to hiring associates with disabilities and supporting LGBTQ+ in the workplace, we hope to inspire other companies to join us in our continual efforts to improve our inclusion practices and truly welcome all.”

Milestones: Marriott’s Efforts to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across Asia Pacific

For more than 90 years, Marriott International has been committed to providing a world of opportunities to everyone and Putting People First. Here are a few examples of recent milestones marking Marriott’s commitment to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace in the region:

Building a gender-inclusive environment

In 2021, Marriott announced to accelerate efforts to achieve global gender parity for all executive positions by 2023 – two years earlier than when it first established this goal a few years ago.

In 2017, Marriott partnered with the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh to support young women in APAC through mentorship, internship and scholarship. Through the partnership, 50 women leaders in APAC served as mentors for professional and career development, while AUW students came to the Marriott continent office in Hong Kong for short-term internships. In 2019, Marriott successfully placed students in its hotels in India and Dhaka as interns.

Marriott has also set up the Women Ambassador Network to help develop female associates through mentorship, networking, training programs and speaking opportunities; and introduced flexible working policies and industry leading benefits to support working mothers.

Supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion 

In 2021, Marriott Bonvoy announced its first ever sponsoring partnership for the Gay Games 11 in Hong Kong in 2022.

In 2020, Marriott was awarded the Bronze Standard in the LGBT+ Inclusion Index by Community Business, the first benchmark on LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion practices and initiatives in Asia. The company first partnered with Community Business to participate and promote the LGBT+ Inclusion Index in 2018.

In 2020 and 2019, W Hotels partnered with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras to celebrate equality and inspire travelers to love out loud. For the first time in Asia Pacific, W Hotels showcased its first-ever float in the 2020 Parade.

Since 2019, Marriott started offering same-sex domestic partner benefits to associates at its continent office in Hong Kong.

Empowering people with disabilities

In 2021, Marriott attended a job fair in Shanghai to support the recruitment of graduates with disabilities. The company currently hires more than 1,000 people with disabilities in mainland China.  

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