On July 30, we gather our Sonesta team to acknowledge World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, showing our commitment to end human trafficking. As hospitality professionals, we have a unique responsibility and opportunity to learn the signs of trafficking in our industry and to know how to report them. Designated by the United Nations, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is meant to raise awareness and educate others about the thousands who are trafficked each year.
Our ongoing partnership with ECPAT USA is an important part of our #CultureofCaring, and we are proud to support ECPAT’s efforts to end trafficking of children. In 2016 we signed The Code at the Global Business Travel Conference, stating our commitment increase awareness and provide tools and support to those who work in the tourism industry, all with the goal of preventing the sexual exploitation of children.
On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we encourage our teams to wear blue, share photos and comments on social media, and, as always, to speak up if they see something that doesn’t look right.
Read below to learn about our Policy on the Prohibition of Human Trafficking.
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation condemns all forms of human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of any person, including the sexual exploitation of men, women or children. We are fully committed to protecting individuals from abuse and exploitation. We expect our employees and business partners to help us meet this commitment.
Human trafficking is a significant problem worldwide, and Sonesta’s properties, products and services are not to be used in any manner that supports or enables any form of such abuse and exploitation. If you have reason to believe that any form of human trafficking or commercial exploitation of any person is occurring within a hotel or is being supported by or involves a Sonesta employee, guest or business partner, you should promptly notify your immediate supervisor.
Each supervisor who receives such information from his or her employees should promptly alert both the General Manager of the hotel and Sonesta’s Assistant General Counsel or Chief Compliance Officer at the corporate office.
The contact information for the Chief Compliance Office is as follows: Compliance@sonesta.com or 855-251-0649.