Investors call on Olympic sponsors, tourism sector to step up anti-trafficking, slavery efforts in advance of London Olympics

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Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility [USA]

...[A] coalition of U.S. and U.K. investors and NGOs have united to call on corporations to strengthen their focus against human trafficking and modern slavery in advance of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games...The initiative focuses on the London tourism industry and key sponsors of the Olympic Games ...[The]coalition...sent letters to 32 companies, calling for immediate and transparent actions to train staff and suppliers to recognize and avoid the trafficking of workers into slavery, to monitor their supply chains, and to examine hiring and recruitment practices...Companies in the tourism sector that acknowledged the coalition’s letter include: Accor, Best Western, British Airways, Choice Hotels, Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotel Group, Starwood, Thomas Cook, and Whitbread. Olympic sponsors that acknowledged the letter include: Adidas, ArcelorMittal, BMW, Coca-Cola, John Lewis, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Next, Procter & Gamble, Rio Tinto, Sainsbury’s and Samsung. Non-responding companies will be noted in a future press release with general trend analysis of the responses...

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8 May 2012

In Advance of London Olympics, U.S. and U.K. Investors Ask Corporations to Step Up Anti-Trafficking and Slavery Efforts

Author: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility [USA]

...[A] coalition of U.S. and U.K. investors and NGOs have united to call on corporations to strengthen their focus against human trafficking and modern slavery in advance of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games...The initiative focuses on the London tourism industry and key sponsors of the Olympic Games ...[The]coalition...sent letters to 32 companies, calling for immediate and transparent actions to train staff and suppliers to recognize and avoid the trafficking of workers into slavery, to monitor their supply chains, and to examine hiring and recruitment practices...Companies in the tourism sector that acknowledged the coalition’s letter include: Accor, Best Western, British Airways, Choice Hotels, Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotel Group, Starwood, Thomas Cook, and Whitbread. Olympic sponsors that acknowledged the letter include: Adidas, ArcelorMittal, BMW, Coca-Cola, John Lewis, Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Next, Procter & Gamble, Rio Tinto, Sainsbury’s and Samsung. Non-responding companies will be noted in a future press release with general trend analysis of the responses...

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1 March 2012

Statement by adidas Group in response to human rights concerns re London Olympics

Author: Frank Henke, adidas Group

...we recognize the importance of promoting and protecting human rights globally. We also believe that the private sector can play a constructive role...We recognize, however, our own limitations...We therefore focus...on...our own sphere of influence...We would like to direct you to our global Human Rights Charta, the adidas Group position on Human Rights and responsible business practices and the adidas Group Policy on Human Rights and Human Trafficking...Systematic analysis about human rights issues is conducted in the process of the development and regular update of our country risk profiles that form the basis for supplier monitoring program and help us to focus on systemic issues in a certain country...We regularly report about progress against our annual targets through annual sustainability report that also covers...findings from our supplier monitoring...

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Author: Frank Henke, adidas Group

...we recognize the importance of promoting and protecting human rights globally. We also believe that the private sector can play a constructive role...We recognize, however, our own limitations...We therefore focus...on...our own sphere of influence...We would like to direct you to our global Human Rights Charta, the adidas Group position on Human Rights and responsible business practices and the adidas Group Policy on Human Rights and Human Trafficking...Systematic analysis about human rights issues is conducted in the process of the development and regular update of our country risk profiles that form the basis for supplier monitoring program and help us to focus on systemic issues in a certain country...We regularly report about progress against our annual targets through annual sustainability report that also covers...findings from our supplier monitoring...

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