Marriott International, Inc., 10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD 20817, 301-380-3000, Marriott International is a leading lodging company with more than 3,300 lodging properties in 68 countries and territories. The company operates and franchises hotels and vacation ownership resorts under 18 brand names, including Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn and Courtyard. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE®.
Building on more than 20 years of energy conservation experience, Marriott International is committed to protecting the environment and addressing climate change—we call it our Spirit To Preserve™. This effort is led by the company’s Executive Green Council, which is co-chaired by President and Chief Operating Officer Arne Sorenson and Executive Vice President of Global Communications & Public Affairs Kathleen Matthews.
Marriott’s environmental vision is to be the global hospitality leader that demonstrates how responsible hospitality management can be a positive force for the environment and create economic opportunities around the world, and by example, inspire personal action in the communities where the company operates.
The company’s environmental strategy calls for:
- Greening its $10 billion supply chain
- Further reducing fuel and water consumption by 25 percent per available room
- Expanding its LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) hotel development ten-fold in five years
- Educating and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment
- Helping protect the rainforest
Earlier this year, Marriott invited guests to add to the company’s $2 million commitment to help save the rainforest in Brazil. To make a donation or learn more information, visit www.marriott.com/SaveTheRainforest.
Marriott was recently ranked one of Newsweek’s “The Greenest Big Companies,” and has been recognized for its environmental leadership in the hotel industry by several groups, including Ceres, an alliance of investors and environmentalists; the non-profit organization ClimateCounts.org; and Travel + Leisure magazine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored Marriott with its Sustained Excellence Award for the third straight year, and has awarded its ENERGY STAR® label to approximately 275 Marriott hotels.