ATLANTA — InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has intensified its ongoing effort to fight human trafficking.
The company has introduced new programs, tools and resources for colleagues to increase awareness and aid prevention of human trafficking, including free training available to all IHG-branded hotels worldwide.
In December, IHG hosted dozens of colleagues from local Georgia hotels for group training and discussion at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia. During the event, attendees learned about the work to fight human trafficking in Georgia from the state’s First Lady, Marty Kemp, as well as support and assistance programs available for survivors from Mary Frances Bowley, founder and executive director of non-profit Wellspring Living.
Since its launch in summer 2019, colleagues in more than 2,300 hotels across the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean have completed IHG’s online anti-human trafficking training. The company expects colleagues in all IHG-branded hotels in the region to have completed the training by March 2020.
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, is a $150-billion criminal enterprise that brings suffering and injustice to an estimated 40-million men, women and children across the globe, according to the International Labor Organization.