The money, raised through its restaurant promotion, You Eat, We Give, saw the company donate a pound or euro for every lunch and dinner served in its restaurants throughout September and October.
The initiative is part of Marriott’s wider World of Opportunity programme, which aims to find and nurture the wealth of talent that currently lies untapped in 15-24 year olds throughout Europe.
Marriott will use the money to support two charitable partners: In the UK, the money will be donated to The Prince’s Trust to fund employability programmes such as Get into Hospitality. Across Continental Europe, funds donated will be used by SOS Children’s Villages International to support young people in their programmes into independent life and careers.
Working in partnership with both organisations, Marriott’s World of Opportunity training courses develop employment skills and life skills that help young adults from challenging backgrounds take their first step into work and independent living. This initiative supports the company’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, and its commitment to Empower Through Opportunity.