Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, is the first company to receive the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons. This prestigious recognition was presented at a ceremony at the White House.
Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest growing crimes with an estimated $32 billion in revenue for the traffickers and an estimated 26 million people enslaved worldwide. Conservative estimates put the annual number of children sexually exploited at two million. In the United States alone, it is estimated that nearly 300,000 children are trafficked for sex annually.
Carlson received the award for its demonstrated commitment and corporate leadership in combating modern slavery through the adoption and promotion of business practices that seek to protect victims of human trafficking. Carlson has developed proactive measures to train employees to be aware of the risks of sex trafficking, particularly of children. In addition, the company encourages its partners and the broader business community to take a stand against human trafficking.
“Carlson’s consistent and long-standing efforts to combat human trafficking have made our company a pioneer in this area, and while it is an honor to be recognized by the President for our efforts, the fight has just begun,” said Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and CEO, Carlson, who was present at the ceremony. “As Carlson continues to do its part, it is my fervent hope that our work will inspire others to join us in combating this crucial, global issue.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the President’s Task Force on Trafficking, said of the award, “With this Presidential Award, we honor those who have played an extraordinary role in advancing our common cause. They have been pioneers in this effort—from developing the 3P approach of prevention, protection, and prosecution in the earliest days of this movement, to championing innovations in corporate social responsibility that will help carry this work forward for years to come. This award pays tribute to their leadership and their commitment.”
Learn more at the Digital Journal article: Carlson Receives Inaugural Award For Extraordinary Efforts To Combat Trafficking In Persons From President Obama.