Washington D.C.- Today, the United States Chamber of Commerce and United Way Worldwide unveiled a joint report to combat human trafficking. The publication demonstrates the importance of using a cross-industry approach to combat human trafficking and the specific technology and strategies companies are using to successfully combat human trafficking in their industries. The business community and philanthropic sectors cannot do this work alone. The United States Chamber of Commerce and United Way Worldwide encourage governments, non-governmental organizations, law enforcement and others to join us in this fight.
The report, Trust by Performance: Uniting Business and Philanthropy Against Trafficking, was presented at an event in the United States House to commemorate World Day Against Human Trafficking, which occurs annually on July 30. and philanthropy, focusing on how the public and private sectors work together to combat human trafficking, including best practices and tools for business.
“Human trafficking is a systemic injustice that no organization, business or government can end alone,” said Angela F. Williams, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “We must work together to end human trafficking. It’s the right thing to do, and from a business perspective, it’s also the smart thing to do. The companies highlighted in this report, including a number of long-time United Way partners, exemplify this commitment through their inspiring initiatives, projects and programs.
“Employers, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations and governments, are leading efforts to provide education and awareness about combating human trafficking,” said Michael Billet, director of policy research at the employment with the United States Chamber of Commerce. “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and United Way Worldwide have partnered to demonstrate the importance of using a cross-sector approach to developing anti-trafficking programs and strategies. Together, the private and philanthropic sectors are empowering survivors and working with lawmakers, senior officials and the public to fight this heinous crime.
“Human trafficking is one of the greatest human rights issues of our time,” said Mara Vanderslice Kelly, executive director of United Way’s Center to Combat Human Trafficking. “It’s a hidden crime that claims tens of millions of victims. It affects every aspect of our economy. , and businesses play a critical role in identifying and stopping this heinous crime. This is why we are so proud to see members of the business community taking action to end human trafficking globally. »
The new post highlights the following companies and their initiatives to empower survivors:
Delta SkyMiles members donate miles to Polaris through the SkyWish program. Delta employees and customers have donated more than 15 million miles to provide more than 250 flights for survivors.
Deloitte helped AnnieCannons, Inc. identify a training location that will allow the organization to expand its operations to retrain survivors with data science skills.
Marriott is partnering with the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery to develop the Future in Training Hospitality Survivor Employability Curriculum to provide training and resources for survivors seeking careers in the hospitality industry. hotel.
UPS provides funding to the United Way Anti-Human Trafficking Center, which expands anti-trafficking projects by energizing, coordinating and mobilizing the United Way network and partner organizations working on the front lines.
The full report is available here.