Statement on human trafficking policies

Statement on human trafficking policies

In response to recent questions on our policies regarding human trafficking, as an organization, we value children and work to make their lives better through our various charitable activities. We abhor the exploitation of children and are committed to protecting human rights within our sphere of influence. Not only are we supportive of laws that prevent and punish crimes against children, but over the last several years we have worked closely with and supported ECPAT on an ongoing and voluntary basis.  Additionally, we have developed training for corporate associates and property-level staff that addresses the protection of children’s rights.  Moreover, we have worked with many organizations and associations in support of children’s rights, including providing ongoing hotel accommodations for victims of human trafficking through the Polaris Project, a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking.

Many of our branded hotels are franchised, meaning they are independently owned and operated establishments.  Nonetheless, all of our hotels are required to obey the law and operate in a manner compliant with specific standards related to legal obligations, ethics and business conduct.  Appropriate action is taken when franchisees do not comply with their obligations, including termination of the franchisee agreement.

We strive to live our core values and business principles by conducting ourselves with honesty and integrity and in full compliance with the law.