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Sustaining Our Progress
Sustainability means being a good corporate citizen and environmental steward, and promoting economic growth, diversity and inclusion in our communities worldwide. Guided by our Board of Directors, we have exceeded our objective to spend $1 billion with diverse suppliers three years ahead of schedule, and are expanding our efforts into the United Kingdom and Brazil. Through continued outreach, we now have nearly 450 hotels owned or under development by minorities and women close to our goal of 500 by 2010.
In partnership with Conservation International, Marriott is ramping up its efforts to integrate environmental and sustainable practices into its business in 2008 in four key areas: supply chain; green buildings; waste, water and energy; and employee and guest engagement. This strategy builds on the company's established plans to get greener, including an effort to reduce greenhouse gases by nearly 415,000 metric tons by 2010. At our headquarters building, we have become waste neutral through an aggressive recycling and composting program, and by replacing 20 tons of Styrofoam and plastic a year with biodegradable products.
The Future Beckons