The Labor Network for Sustainability is among many climate leaders – including Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and 350.org – that are calling for Marriott to stop disguising job cuts as a sustainability program and instead take real action for the planet.
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 the truth is, zero leading environmental studies recommend skipping housekeeping in the name of sustainability, and when a room goes days without cleaning, housekeepers report having to use more water and more chemicals to get the job done.
Plain and simple, 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. And a room that’s gone days without service is so much dirtier and harder to clean that housekeepers report pain and injury.
“We support hotel housekeepers in their call to Refuse Green Choice,” said the Labor Network for Sustainability. “If Marriott was truly interested in reducing the environmental impact of their hotel rooms, they should start by consulting the real room experts: housekeepers. Hotel housekeepers have the right to make a living on a living planet.”
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 the Labor Network for Sustainability and hotel housekeepers, and pledge to not use “Green Choice” when you stay at Marriott hotels. Hurting workers doesn’t help the environment. Together, let’s tell Marriott to create a REAL sustainability program.