I’m very much a believer that all of us are short-term tenants on this beautiful planet, and we have a responsibility to care for this beautiful planet.”
More holistically, this philosophy has led the company to grapple with some of its properties’ darkest misuses. After training a million of its own associates about human trafficking warning signs with its first-in-the-industry online program, Marriott partnered to share the tool with competitor hotel chains, facilitating training for some 800,000 Hilton, Four Seasons, and InterContinental Hotels Group employees.
Meanwhile, Marriott’s global transaction team has gone from entirely male to nearly a third female—a metric, Capuano was quick to point out, still falls well short of optimal but demonstrates the company’s hunger for continued progress.
You can’t wake up one morning and decide to be a diverse, inclusive, equitable enterprise. It takes years, if not decades, of constant commitment, and the minute you are self-satisfied, you go into a death spiral.”
Concluding the discussion, Marchick confirmed that what he heard from Marriott’s chief only validated the decision to invite him to campus.
“What we’ve seen today is a leader who not only runs the largest hospitality company in the world but someone who is also a changemaker,” Marchick said.
The spring semester’s third Gamechangers in Sustainability event is set for April 21. In celebration of Earth Day, this Founders’ Forum will feature three women entrepreneurs behind three sustainable businesses: Monica Pearce of Tenth Ward Distilling, Nicole McGrew of Threadleaf, and Sara Polon of Soupergirl. Audience members can pre-register to attend the event in-person or virtually from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.