Marriott International fired a social media manager who liked a tweet mentioning Taiwan and China as separate entities. It does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination but does pledge to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. It has funded Planned Parenthood and donated to the Equality PAC. Marriott also frequently involves itself in politics, supporting the Equality Act while opposing RFRAs and Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill. For these reasons, Marriott International receives a "High Risk" rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
Marriott fired a social media manager for using the company’s Twitter to like a tweet thanking Marriott for recognizing Tibet and Taiwan as separate entities from China. Marriott allegedly fired the employee in order to smooth over business relationships in China (1)(2). Marriott received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. Among other requirements, this means the company has pledged to vet vendors based on LGBTQ policies (3).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Marriott will not donate to faith-based charities or organizations “for the purpose of benefiting their own membership” (1). It is unclear whether Marriott would fund faith-based charities ameliorating the causes the company cares about.
Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.
Marriott does not protect employees from viewpoint discrimination (1).
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
Marriott signed an open letter in support of the Equality Act (1). Marriott was one of the companies opposing both the 2014 Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act (religious freedom bill) and a similar bill in Georgia in 2015 (2)(3). Marriott signed an open letter opposing a bill in Florida that would prevent the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity to kids in K-3rd grade (4).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
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March 23, 2023
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