11.09% votes in favour
AGM date
Previous AGM date
Proposal number
Resolution details
Company ticker
Resolution ask
Conduct due diligence, audit or risk/impact assessment
ESG theme
  • Social
ESG sub-theme
  • Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI)
Type of vote
Shareholder proposal
Filer type
Company sector
Consumer Discretionary
Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders urge the board of directors to oversee a third-party audit (within a reasonable time and cost) which assesses and produces recommendations for improving the civil rights impact of its policies, practices, products, and services. Input from stakeholders, including civil rights organizations, employees, and customers, should be considered in determining the specific matters to be assessed. A report on the audit, prepared at reasonable cost and omitting confidential/proprietary information, should be published on the company’s website.
In 2020, Marriott published a statement affirming, “We believe racism should be eradicated” and states on its website that “Diversity and inclusion is fundamental to our core values and strategic business goals.”[1] Though Marriott has initiatives to address discrimination, its current actions may be insufficient to address controversies involving the company.
Marriott is connected to allegations of employment discrimination. In September 2022, the Department of Labor found that a resort operated by Marriott in Tennessee discriminated against 250 Black, Asian, and female job applicants for housekeeping roles during 2018-2020.[2] Marriott agreed to pay $630,732 in back wages and to offer jobs to 49 affected people without admitting nor denying wrongdoing. In September 2023, Marriott was ordered to pay $20 million in damages to an employee after a jury found that reasonable disability accommodations were not made.[3]
The alleged culture of discrimination may also affect customers. In July 2022, a Marriott patron received an invoice with an anti-Asian slur after a stay in Pennsylvania. The patron claimed that Marriott distanced itself from the incident because it occurred at a franchise and suggested the slur was a “clerical error.”[4] Current company reporting is not clear on how Marriott addresses controversies around alleged discrimination involving employees or customers.
Marriott’s association with the alleged predatory lending of the Marriott Employees’ Federal Credit Union (MEFCU) also raises concerns. While MEFCU operates as a separate entity, its products, available through Marriott’s human resources offices, have been flagged for unusually high fees compared to peer institutions. Workers allegedly use “Mini Loans,” which have an effective rate of 46 percent inclusive of the application fee and 18 percent interest rate, to afford basic living expenses when Marriott’s fluctuating hours result in insufficient income.[5] After a class action lawsuit was filed against MEFCU in 2018, the case was settled in 2020 with MEFCU denying wrongdoing.[6] We believe that the combination of unstable schedules and providing access to high-interest loans likely perpetuates the cycle of poverty and racial inequality.
A civil rights audit would help Marriott identify, prioritize, remedy and avoid adverse impacts on marginalized communities and assist the company in effective resource allocation, while giving shareholders assurance that Marriott has adequate controls to address controversies that present risks.
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