Investor group issues final report on appeal to hotel chains to take measures to stop human trafficking; Accor and Carlson said to have "leading programs"

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28 July 2010

Final Results of the Initiative on Hotels and Human Trafficking at the World Cup

Author: Christian Brothers Investment Services

In April, 2010, Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS)...and 300 investors and faith-based organizations signed a letter...that was sent to major hotels with chains in South Africa to learn about actions being taken to combat human trafficking in advance of The World Cup...Hotels that received the letter were: Accor (brands include Formule1, Mercure, Motel6, Sofitel); Best Western; Carlson (brands include Radisson, Country Inn & Suites – and the company is majority shareholder of The Rezidor Hotel Group, which operates in South Africa); Hilton; Hyatt...; InterContinental (brands include Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza; NH Hoteles; Starwood (brands include Westin and Sheraton)...The points below highlight the major findings and provide recommendations based on CBIS’ review of the hotels’ responses, policies and programs to address human trafficking in South Africa and around the world...

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16 June 2010

So. Africa: Christian Brothers Investment Services urges eight major hotel chains to take steps to prevent human trafficking; all respond

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 21 April 2010 Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) sent a letter to the CEOs of eight major international hotel chains in South Africa, asking them to report on specific actions they are taking to prevent human trafficking in advance of the World Cup...On 1 June CBIS posted an update on its website announcing that two hotels of the chains – Accor and Carlson – had responded to their inquiry, Intercontinental had sent a response which did not address their concerns, and five of the hotels chains – Best Western, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels, NH Hotels, and Starwood Hotels – had not responded at all. On 2 June, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited the five non-responding companies and Intercontinental Hotels to issue responses. Below are the responses and non-responses of those companies...

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