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Carlson Wagonlit Travel fights human trafficking

Global digital travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has published its latest Annual Responsible Business Report, showing significant progress towards its 2020 objectives. This latest report has reached the UN Global Compact Advanced Level, recognising the success of CWT’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

“I am very proud the UN Global Compact has honoured our commitment to ethical business behaviour in this way,” said Kurt Ekert, CWT’s President and CEO. “Responsible Business is deeply embedded in our culture, and this recognition – on top of being rated Gold by EcoVadis for a second year running – shows that we are on the right path.”  

The Annual Responsible Business Report covers CWT’s main achievements in its seven Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) areas: Responsible Business Strategy and Governance, Ethics & Business Behavior, Human Resources, Human Rights, Environment, Community Involvementand Responsible Products and Services.

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Key accomplishments in 2017 include the launching of two task forces with a focus on diversity and inclusion and on anti-human trafficking,  a detailed review of its Code of Business Ethics and Conduct to reflect the latest industry best practices and legislative trends, and the offset 515 tons of CO2 equivalents to make two global events carbon neutral by supporting Carbon for Water. Some 1,155 water filters were distributed to around 10,945 beneficiaries.

To combat human trafficking, the company launched the ‘Walk The World Together’ global challenge for all employees to support ECPAT International. This campaign to collectively walk 24,901 miles (the circumference of the Earth) increased awareness and financial support to tackle human trafficking.

“These results show that we are on track to achieve our 2020 Responsible Business ambitions, and demonstrate why this new Annual Responsible Business Report meets the UN Global Compact Advanced Level,” said Françoise Grumberg, CWT’s vice president, Global Responsible Business. “I am proud of the commitment and passion of our people.”