Marriott Rewards Members Can Now Give Points to Support ECPAT-USA
CUSTOMERS CAN JOIN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN
Members of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program will have the option to donate their points to ECPAT-USA to support the organization’s work in fighting the sexual exploitation of children and sex tourism around the world. ECPAT-USA will be featured on Giving.MarriottRewards.com, scheduled to launch on December 11th, which allows loyalty members to donate their points to select organizations reflective of the company’s recently launched sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction. The platform includes a new goal of training 100% of its people to recognize the signs of human trafficking.
“Hotels are critical partners in ending child sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation,” said Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA. “We’re very grateful to Marriott for helping us turn our expertise into training for hotel employees so they can identify and take action against sex trafficking. And now we thank Marriott for giving their guests the opportunity to support ECPAT as part of their ongoing commitment to human rights and social responsibility.”
“Building off our 2007 Sustainability goals, Marriott is proud to issue our next generation of goals, inclusive of social and human rights targets to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Tricia Primrose, Global Chief Communications Officer at Marriott International and Serve 360 Executive Leadership Council Co-Chair. “Associates and customers want to work for and do business with a company that aligns with their values and drives positive community impact. We are proud to be part of the solution.”
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Marriott International, Inc. is a leading global lodging company with more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by family leadership for over 90 years, Marriott embraces its global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good. Guided by their 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Marriott commits to creating positive and sustainable impact wherever they do business.
ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation. ECPAT-USA is a member of ECPAT International, a network of organizations in 88 countries working together to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
ECPAT-USA’s mission is to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking. We envision a world in which no child is bought, sold, or used for sex. More than 25 years ago, ECPAT-USA became the first U.S.-based nonprofit to work on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA started with sex tourism, helping to get legislation passed that ensured that Americans who traveled abroad to buy sex with minors could be prosecuted in the US for sexually exploiting children in other countries. Six of the ten largest international hotel chains—including Hilton, Wyndham and Hyatt--have signed on to ECPAT’s program to prevent sex tourism, as have Delta and American Airlines.