25 June 2010


More than 300 faith-based organizations and investors (including Edmund Rice International) responded to the invitation from Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) to sign a letter to major hotel chains to encourage action on human trafficking in advance of the World Cup.

According to CBIS positive responses were received from Accor (Motel6, Sofitel, and Mercure), Carlson (Radisson and Country Inns & Suites), and Intercontinental hotels.

No response was received from Best Western, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, and NH Hotels.

Accor has adopted the code of conduct against child sex tourism, developed an ethical policy, and has trained 13,000 employees on the issue. In South Africa, 85 employees have been trained and the company has made its training materials available to other tourism organizations. Accor has more than 20 hotels in South Africa and 4000 hotels worldwide.

Carlson is also very active on human trafficking and is the only major US hotel chain to adopt a tourism code of conduct, create an ethical policy, and train new employees.

More information is available at the Christian Brothers Investment Services website.

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