Marriott International Reaches Key Milestone in Greening its Global Supply Chain with MindClick Global
International hotelier benefits from vendor progress with MindClick Sustainable Supply Chain Performance Program
SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, today announced that Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) is ahead of its sustainable sourcing goals for 2013. In 2012, Marriott committed to spend 75 percent of its 2013 furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) budget with suppliers who are part of the MindClick Hospitality Index for Sustainable Sourcing (HSP Index). As of June 15, 2013, Marriott has reached 60 percent of its goal.
"With over 30 participating suppliers representing 20 product categories ranging from bath fixtures to seating, carpets to casegoods, fabrics to mattresses, lighting to mirrors, and more, we are very pleased with the support we're seeing from of our suppliers," said Dave Lippert, Vice President Architecture & Construction Procurement for Marriott International. Lippert continued, "Sustainability is of high importance to Marriott and to our guests and our communities, and we can make a significant impact by furnishing and supplying hotels in ways that are better for the guest, and better for the environment. We applaud the vendors who have supported us in this effort and look forward to more joining the MindClick Index program."
MindClick's HSP Index is used by global brands to source from suppliers whose operating practices, products and services help improve their customers' own sustainability performance. Measuring supply chain performance in corporate social responsibility, environmental operations, and product sustainability, MindClick's Index serves to both "green" existing suppliers and provide access to new supplier solutions.
"We are so impressed by the efforts of participating suppliers to be socially and environmentally responsible, and to find ways their products can help meet the increased demands for reducing the environmental impact of hotels," say JoAnna Abrams, CEO MindClick Global.
As a result of MindClick's Index, more than 25 percent of evaluated suppliers have set reduction and/or conservation targets.
In addition to sustainability reporting, Marriott intends to use MindClick's Index to identify sustainable product solutions for use in future hotel design efforts. "As we look to meet the millennial traveler's focus on meaningful sustainability efforts, having a resource for sustainable FF&E sourcing will help us with our future design needs," said Deborah Huguely, Vice President of Global Product Development.
For more information regarding this partnership and progress, please visit www.hspindex.com.
About MindClick Global
MindClick Global, the leader in sustainability performance measurement, provides Fortune 1000 clients with a trusted B2B marketplace for sustainable sourcing. Through our Sustainability Performance Index platform, we provide industry specific solutions to green the global supply chain and to source products which improve social, environmental and business performance. Headquartered in Bend, Oregon with offices in San Francisco and Seattle, MindClick combines a decade of experience in sustainability with 20+ years of research, product development and marketing expertise. For more information, visit http://www.hspindex.com.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 74 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including Marriott Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, MOXY Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 325,000 employees at headquarters, managed and franchised properties. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
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