Hyatt celebrated Human Rights Day Monday by highlighting its renewed commitment to respecting fundamental human rights and advanced its campaign against human trafficking by launching a global training program for employees.

The program is being adopted in conjunction with the Polaris Project, a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking around the world.

Polaris and ECPAT, another anti-human trafficking group in the US, form partnerships with hotel companies to train employees how to spot a human trafficking incident in their hotels and what to do about it. The hotel industry is ground zero for human trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking, say the organizations.

The Polaris Project program provides managers and line staff at Hyatt hotels around the world with an understanding of human trafficking, its intersection with the hotel industry and the tools to recognize and report potential situations or victims. ‘At Hyatt, we want to ensure our associates know how they can help prevent human trafficking,’ said Brigitta Witt, VP of corporate responsibility. ‘The training course further bolsters Hyatt’s support for human rights and raises everyone’s sensitivity to this critically important issue.’

Hyatt joins Carlson Rezidor, Wyndham, Hilton Worldwide, Millennium Hotel and Real Hospitality Group in adopting as its own the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This commitment to human rights is aligned with Hyatt’s core values and is supported by its publicly available Human Rights Statement, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Supplier Code of Conduct and its Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

Hyatt established Diversity and Inclusion as a core tenet of its US operations more than 20 years ago. Since then, a growing number of programs strive to foster similar ideals and challenge associates to lead by example by embracing diversity and inclusion through associate training, recruiting and retention, as well as bringing our suppliers and developers into the fold.

‘At Hyatt, our mission is to provide authentic hospitality by making a difference in the lives of the people we touch every day,’ Witt said. ‘It’s about finding ways for our associates to relate in unique and personal ways to people of all nationalities and walks of life, whether they are guests, co-workers, business partners or members of the community.’

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