Since 2007, Marriott International has reduced its energy consumption by 11 percent and its greenhouse gas emissions by 10.7 percent, it announced this week in its first official "Sustainability Report."
Produced using guidelines set forth by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) — an organization that advocates for the transparent reporting by companies of sustainability information — the report is the first of its kind by a major U.S.-based lodging company.
"We are committed to being a corporate social responsibility leader, benchmarking with like-minded companies, and providing the information and transparency that our stakeholders increasingly expect," said Marriott Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr.
According to its report, Marriott is on track to meet its goal of reducing energy and water consumption per available room by 25 percent by 2017, and already has reduced water consumption per available room by 8.2 percent in two years and increased its portfolio of LEED registered and certified hotels from 18 to 67 since 2008.
According to Marriott, sustainability reports based on the GRI framework are used "to determine the sustainability issues most pertinent to organizations; benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time."
For more information about the GRI framework, visit www.globalreporting.org.