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Why Companies Should Invest in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a $150 billion global industry that robs 25 million people around the world of their freedom, and it exploits legitimate systems within multiple business sectors to do it. If we want to successfully disrupt and prevent this crime, participation and investment by business and industry partners with resources at a comparable scale to the size of the problem is crucial. Participation requires not just passive support but actual, active commitment and effort on the part of businesses that unwittingly – but regularly – intersect with traffickers, victims, and survivors.

 

Why Partner with Polaris

Polaris’s corporate partners share our vision to disrupt human trafficking at the root and establish slavery-proof environments. Regardless of the type of industry your company is in, there are a number of ways you can be a part of furthering our mission. In return, we help companies meet critical business objectives, ensuring employees and consumers have a way to get involved in this important work. Polaris’s corporate partners find us to be creative and collaborative with a business-minded approach. Whether creating a training for employees or developing a comprehensive customized public awareness campaign, our partnerships are crafted to meet the specific needs of each partner. Using the exclusive data gathered from managing the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), we develop sustainable, service-oriented, and survivor-centric corporate partnerships that achieve measurable results and deliver economic value to our partners while furthering our mission to eradicate human trafficking.

Our world is becoming more socially conscious – and expecting the companies we support and engage with to do the same. As reported by the 2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Purpose Survey, more than three quarters (78%) of Americans believe it is no longer acceptable for companies to just make money – they expect companies to positively impact society as well. Additionally, 85% of Americans say they would be likely to support a purpose-driven company in their community while more than two-thirds (68%) say they would want to work for that company.

“To other business leaders…Find your line in the sand and draw it. By learning how your own industries are manipulated for injustice, your systems can become tools in defending the dignity of others.” -Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines (Polaris Corporate Partner)

 

Ways to Partner with Polaris

Whether you are a company with a vested interest in this issue, desire to support us through corporate social responsibility and/or philanthropic efforts, or look to obtain access to our data and expertise, there is a place for you. By joining our efforts, our corporate partners actively protect their brand, staff, and customers, and ultimately demonstrate their commitment to responsible practices.

Polaris works to develop customized and dynamic partnerships with companies that consist of multiple of the following elements:

   Training

Polaris develops customized trainings for companies that are tailored to your specific industry, informed by trafficking survivors, and grounded in data-driven insights; the content of these trainings runs the gamut from an introduction to the crime of human trafficking to specific, actionable information about how human traffickers’ business models may intersect with and utilize your company, and how to respond if it is detected.

   Education

Through operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) since 2007 and responding to over 45,000 cases of human trafficking in that time, Polaris has learned how various industries intersect with the crime of human trafficking – from the specific types of trafficking that utilize each industry, to how traffickers incorporate various services into their illicit business models, to how survivors are using these industries after they exit their trafficking situations. Polaris can help your company identify and understand its risk profile for human trafficking, potential points of intervention, disruption, and prevention within your operations, and how you can best support survivors along their road to recovery.

    Public Awareness Support

Polaris engages in various communications activities in tandem with corporate partners, including social media campaigns, joint op-eds, press releases, and other media outreach efforts to bring attention to our partnerships and the impacts they have on combating human trafficking.  

   In-Kind Donations

Polaris is always appreciative of in-kind donations that assist survivors as they leave their trafficking situations and work to rebuild their lives – inclusive of transportation and lodging opportunities – as well as cost-offsetting in-kind donations for Polaris staff to enable continuation of the work being done.

   Job Opportunities for Survivors

Obtaining meaningful employment drastically reduces a trafficking survivor’s vulnerability to re-trafficking. Polaris works with companies to determine how they can leverage their unique business models and services to support survivors as they work to restore their freedom, inclusive of job training and hiring opportunities.

 

2018 Corporate Partners

 

Sirius - $500,000+ (cash and/or in-kind)

 

Vega - $250,000 - $499,999 (cash and/or in-kind)

     

 

Capella - $100,000 - $249,999 (cash and/or in-kind)

        

 

Antares - $50,000 - $99,999 (cash and/or in-kind)

        

 

Regulus - $25,000 - $49,999 (cash and/or in-kind)

          

 

Ahara - $10,000 - $24,999 (cash and/or in-kind)

              

 

 

Polaris is named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the United States and thus our Corporate Partnership levels are named for the brightest stars that can be seen from Earth, continually lighting our way as we seek to build the roadmaps necessary for fighting slavery in the modern world.

 

Join Us

Interested in partnering with us? Please contact us at corporateengagement@polarisproject.org for more information.

 

 

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