Top News Marriott enhances human trafficking awareness training By TTG Asia / Posted on 29 July, 2021 7:27 Marriott International will launch an updated version of its human trafficking awareness training, in line with its goal to train all its on-property associates to recognise and respond to potential human trafficking situations by 2025. The enhanced training will be rolled out on July 30, in conjunction with the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Marriott worked with trafficking survivors to develop the enhanced training for on-property associates Covid-19 has ushered in more contactless and mobile hotel experiences, which can make it more difficult to spot potential indicators of trafficking, Marriott said in a press release. The new training builds upon the original training’s foundation by featuring scenario-based modules, a mobile-friendly design, and increased guidance on how to respond to potential situations of human trafficking – critical enhancements based on hotel-level feedback to help associates turn awareness into action and continue the fight against the multinational crime. Additionally, the new training was developed in collaboration with survivors of human trafficking, ensuring the training is victim-centered and the resources are survivor-informed. “As an industry that cares deeply about human rights and the horrible crime of human trafficking, we have a real responsibility to address this issue in a meaningful way,” said Anthony Capuano, CEO of Marriott International. “The updated training empowers a global workforce that stands ready to recognise and respond to human trafficking and allows our company to live up to our core values.” Through a collaboration with ECPAT-USA and with input from Polaris, two leading non-profits that specialise in combatting human trafficking, Marriott launched its original human trafficking awareness training in 2016 and made it mandatory for all on-property staff in both managed and franchised properties globally in January 2017. So far, the training has been delivered to more than 850,000 associates, which has helped identify instances of human trafficking, protect associates and guests, and support victims and survivors. As the company did with its original training, Marriott plans to donate this training and work with ECPAT-USA and the American Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation to make it widely available in early 2022 to help educate the entire hospitality industry.