A new article by Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, is raising questions about Marriott’s so-called “Make a Green Choice” program – and the company’s broader commitment to environmental responsibility.
“Is ‘Make a Green Choice’ about sustainability or reducing labor costs?” author Chloe Zilliac writes. “Climate activists say sustainability programs that fail to significantly reduce carbon emissions—while simultaneously burdening workers—fly in the face of their efforts.”
Marriott’s climate goals “are considerably less ambitious than those of some industry competitors [like] Hilton,” the report adds. “The urgency of the climate crisis demands faster action.”
Read the full article here.
When asked to “Make a Green Choice” and skip housekeeping services for points, Marriott guests might think they’re making a choice to help the environment. But zero leading environmental studies recommend skipping housekeeping, and when a room goes days without cleaning, housekeepers report having to use more water and more chemicals to get the job done.
Truth is, Marriott’s “Green Choice” program hurts workers. When there are less rooms to clean, there’s less work for housekeepers – who lose the wages and benefits their families need.
Job cuts disguised as a sustainability measure aren’t going to solve the challenge of climate change, and when companies engage in this kind of “greenwashing,” it undermines trust in proven environmental programs. Join climate leaders and hotel housekeepers, and pledge to not use “Green Choice” when you stay at Marriott hotels. Together, let’s tell Marriott to create a REAL sustainability program.