BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) was ranked by Working Mother magazine as one of the 2013 Working Mother 100 Best Companies for its commitment to progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave. The company has been a part of this elite list for 22 years, earning a place in Working Mother's Hall of Fame. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130531/PH23900LOGO) Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, "Now in its 28th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies are leaders in building initiatives that truly support all employees. They are the vanguard of successful companies, with modern policies for American families. That's why we are launching National Flex Day on October 15. It's time for employees and their companies to step out from the shadows and embrace workplace flexibility as a core business strategy that will enable them to compete and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy." "We are thrilled to have been honored by Working Mother for more than 20 years. Putting people first is core to our company's values," said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott International. "Our associates, many of whom are working parents, are vital to our success and we strive to create a workplace that helps to maintain a comfortable blend between work and home while they continue to realize a world of opportunities in their careers." The complete list of Working Mother's 2013 100 Best Companies can be found http://www.workingmother.com/node/146788/list. Marriott offers several programs to help associates enhance their careers and achieve work-life integration, including its Women's Leadership Development Initiative designed to help encourage the development of women leaders throughout the company. Also, innovative benefits such as the TakeCare Wellness Program, which has been in place for three years, provide associates with tools and resources to manage their health and achieve their health goals. TakeCare includes many tools and resources that are designed to encourage healthy behaviors such as a free smoking cessation program, free preventive care, a comprehensive health assessment and access to free health coaches. In addition, a network of hotel-based Wellness Champions support worksite health challenges and deliver resources and tips to help their associates live a healthy lifestyle.