Diversity & Inclusion
At Starwood we seek out differences and strive for variety in every aspect of our business;
so much so that Diversity & Inclusion are key components of our overall business strategy. As a global company
that represents eleven distinct lifestyle brands, our goal is to bring an authentic global experience to each
guest by utilizing insights and perspectives from our diverse associate, supplier and owner bases. Our success
is derived from the differences that make us all unique. Whether it is our life experience, our career journey
or our education, it is our value for diversity and how we leverage it that keeps us at the forefront of the
Below are Starwood’s Global and United States Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.
LGBT Initiatives: Starwood is known for its leadership and commitment to the LGBT community. We have a strong track record of providing an environment where all associates, guests, customers, partners and community constituents are invited, embraced, valued and respected. Learn more
Advancement of Female Talent: Initiative established to ensure gender balance at all levels of the organization
to better position the organization to meet and exceed the needs of our global female guests/ customers.
Global Diversity & Inclusion Training: Initiative established to equip all leaders with foundational knowledge
of how Starwood defines Diversity & Inclusion, its value to the organization, and now it can be leveraged as a skill set to further
drive business results within their teams, functions, regions, and divisions.
We Are Starwood Campaign: Initiative established to better position Starwood to attract diverse talent, suppliers,
owners, guests, and customers and to formally communicate company-wide Starwood strives to create an environment where
all can thrive and reach their greatest potential regardless of their differences.
United States Initiatives
Diverse Talent Recruitment: Initiative established to partner with colleges/universities,
executive search firms, and diverse sponsorship organizations to recruit US People of Color, Persons
with Disabilities, and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) talent.
US Veterans and Former Military Personnel Recruitment: Initiative established to recruit US
veterans and former military personnel for roles at all levels in the United States.
Learn more (PDF)
Minority Hotel Ownership: Initiative established to welcome and encourage all owner/ developer
communities to consider Starwood as their “Brand of Choice” as they select which hotel brand to franchise.
Supplier Diversity: Initiative established to welcome and encourage all supplier communities to
bid on supplier contracts to sell their product and/or services to Starwood.
Diverse Sponsorship Organization Partnerships: Initiative established to build strategic national
partnerships with diverse organizations who provide access to diverse: talent, suppliers, and owners/ developers.
Grassroots Associate Networks: Initiative established to empower associates to network and identify
opportunities for career advancement.