A little activism: Take action by April 15th to prevent trafficking

A dear friend of is part of the Augustinian order and he forwarded the following letter from the Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.  I’m not advocating for any particular religious orders here but as readers of this blog, I think we can all agree that human trafficking around the World Cup is not a good thing.  If interested in taking action, please read below and see how you can participate!

Dear CBIS Participant:

In just two months, close to one million visitors will travel to South Africa for the World Cup. This influx of people may also have the unintended consequence of creating opportunities for human trafficking. While not responsible for this tragic crime, the travel and lodging industry is well-positioned to help prevent human trafficking by taking steps to stop the use of hotels for these purposes.

CBIS will be sending a letter next week to major hotel chains in South Africa encouraging them to combat human trafficking and child sex tourism as the country readies for the World Cup.

To make our letter more impactful, I’m hoping to enlist your help. To sign-on to this letter, please email your name, title and organization to sriaction@cbisonline.com by April 15.

The letter, to be sent to Best Western, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood and other hotels, shares our concerns about human trafficking and encourages them to create ethical policies, train staff to help identify human trafficking, partner with social service agencies, and join an industry-wide code of conduct that guides anti-commercial sex tourism policy development.

But time is short. Visit http://www.cbisonline.com/page.asp?id=1032 to view our letter to see if your organization would like to sign-on: We hope you can join with CBIS, members of religious communities, socially responsible shareholders, and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in this action to hotels.

For more information, please visit CBIS’ SRI Action Center, www.cbisonline.com/sriaction. We will post the final version of the letter and also share any responses we receive from the hotels.

Together we can work to protect children and put our faith into practice.

Best regards,

Julie Tanner
Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing

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