Marriott International

Starwood Hotels, Sheraton, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Westin, Le Méridien, Aloft
Bethesda, Maryland
Consumer Services

Corporate Bias Rating

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Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Summary:

Marriott International fired a social media manager who liked a tweet mentioning Taiwan and China as separate entities. Marriott International scored a 100 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Marriott increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company covers transgender-related medical costs for its employees and their children and provides specific sexual orientation and gender identity-based benefits. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Marriott forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination. It has funded Planned Parenthood and multiple LGBTQ organizations. Marriott is a signatory of the Business Roundtable's 2019 Statement on the Purpose of Corporation, which promotes stakeholder capitalism. Marriott frequently involves itself in politics, supports the Equality Act and opposed RFRAs. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Marriott signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2 and is a Gold partner of PFLAG. For these reasons, Marriott International receives a High Risk rating.

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Board Bias

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CEO of Marriott International

Anthony Capuano

Anthony Capuano

Summary:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Marriott International is a member of the Fortune 250 operating in the Consumer Services industry. Anthony Capuano and David S. Marriott serve as CEO/President and Chairman, respectively, leading the company’s C-suite executive team and the board of directors. Amongst these teams, the collective leadership is responsible for $1,100 to Republican causes and $10,925 to Democratic causes. Under their tenure, Marriott International currently holds a 'High Risk' risk rating.

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Political Contributions of Leadership:

$1,100

$10,925

Republican

Democrat

Shareholder Proposals

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Date
ESG Category
Proponent
Summary of ResolutionMgmt RecTotal Vote % in Favor
5/10/24SocialTrillium ESG Global Equity FundCivil Rights AuditAgainstN/A
5/10/24SocialMyra K. YoungRacial and Gender Pay Gap ReportAgainstN/A
5/12/23SocialMyra K. YoungPay Equity DisclosureAgainst23.10%
5/12/23SocialThe National Center for Public Policy ResearchCongruency Report of Partnerships with Globalist OrganizationsAgainst1.40%
5/6/22SocialMyra K. YoungReport on Costs of Low Wages and Inequality and Impact on Diversified ShareholdersAgainst9.62%
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