Marriott International held its sixth annual ‘Run to Give’ charity run across 120 locations involving more than 620 hotels in Asia Pacific from August through November. More than USD500,000 was raised in support of longstanding non-profit partners as well as charities from local communities, with the participation of over 52,000 runners and volunteers in this meaningful cause.
“Extending from our Marriott’s people-first culture, we are committed to creating a sustainable impact in the communities where we do business and serve especially through the work of our hotels and Marriott Worldwide Business Councils.” said Craig S. Smith, Group President, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “Marriott Worldwide Business Councils are our powerful network of General Managers and associates across all brands and business functions to support the resiliency and development of local communities through charitable giving and volunteer activations across the globe. The Business Councils in our region also collectively organize the charity run each year, supporting the local charities in a meaningful way.”
As Marriott International expands in a dynamic region like Asia Pacific, it presents a growing strength of associates impassioned to do more incrementally year after year through these charity runs. The funds raised in this year’s ‘Run to Give’ witnessed an exceptional increase of USD100,000 from 2018, demonstrating the power of Marriott as a force for good.
Today, Marriott International’s sustainability and social impact program, Serve 360, has successfully completed two full years and continues to navigate the company towards its 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. Marriott believes it can play the purposeful role to support the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals in taking on the world’s most pressing social, environmental and economic issues.
These annual charity runs have been a pivotal step for Marriott towards achieving 3.5 million volunteer hours in Asia Pacific by 2025, which is one of its Social Impact Goals supporting the priority area Nurture Our World under Serve 360. Up till end of 2018, Marriott has already surpassed the 2-million volunteer hour mark in the region; the company expects to add at least another 100,000 hours towards this goal with the completion of this year’s ‘Run to Give’.