As part of a social responsibility initiative, Marriott International is offering job- and life-skills training to young people with disabilities—and then helping them find jobs, often at Marriott hotels.
In 21 years, the hotelier’s Foundation for People with Disabilities has placed more than 13,500 youths in jobs with 3,500 employers, including Marriott, in nine U.S. cities. The effort is part of the foundation’s “World of Opportunity” program, which addresses youth unemployment with training and job placement around the world.
Mari Snyder, VP of social responsibility, notes that the programs help prepare Marriott’s future employees, especially in other countries. She said two-thirds of the company’s 100,000 new hires over the next two years will come from outside the United States.
She added that sustainability requires both job creation and environmental stewardship. Marriott’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report showcases the company’s environmental, economic and social responsibility efforts, including reduced water consumption at hotels, human rights training for Marriott associates around the world and a $2 million commitment to protect Brazilian rain forests.
Contact: Felicia McLemore of Marriott, (301) 380-2702.
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