Atlas Travel Announces New Partnership With ECPAT-USA
MARLBOROUGH, Mass., January 15, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Atlas Travel is proud to announce its partnership with ECPAT-USA, the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Human trafficking is an international and multi-billion dollar market whose proceedings are often unwittingly facilitated by the travel and hospitality industries. As a member of the travel and tourism community, it’s our responsibility to shed light on this global atrocity.
“We are proud of our ongoing commitment to our local communities and continually strive to set the standard for corporate contributions towards the betterment of society,” says founder and CEO Elaine Osgood. “We’ve spent considerable time and resources translating our long-standing culture of community empowerment into a foundational business pillar. We are honored and excited that these efforts have led to becoming the first New England-based travel management company to join ECPAT-USA in fighting global injustices against children.”
In addition to partnering with ECPAT-USA, Atlas Travel has also become a member of the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. The Code is the world’s first and only voluntary set of business principles travel and tour companies can implement to prevent sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. The Code provides members with support and resources to raise awareness; in turn, members commit to implementing six essential measures:
✓ Establish policies and procedures against human trafficking and child exploitation
✓ Train employees on said policies and procedures
✓ Include a contract clause for business partners, including RFPs
✓ Provide information to travelers
✓ Support, collaborate & engage stakeholders
✓ Report annually on initiatives
“Companies that recognize their role and responsibility in recognizing and preventing child sex trafficking are a key in ending exploitation,” said Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement at ECPAT-USA. “We are excited to welcome Atlas Travel to The Code and as a new partner in helping us protect children.”
With these core measures in place, our work throughout the year will expand upon these commitments, especially raising both industry-wide and public awareness. We hope these efforts curb trafficking not only internationally, but domestically as well: human trafficking occurs in all 50 states, in cities and rural communities alike. To learn more about Atlas Travel’s ECPAT partnership and overall CSR contributions, contact Robin Carter.
Source: Atlas Travel & Technology Group