WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2017) – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, announced today that Marriott International customers enrolled in the Marriott Rewards loyalty program can now contribute unused travel points to be converted into a donation to the organization. Today’s announcement is a result of Marriott’s recent launch of their new sustainability and social impact platform, “Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction,” which includes a new goal of training 100% of its people to recognize the signs of human trafficking. Marriott, which has over 100 million loyalty members worldwide, has long-partnered with Polaris to train staff on recognizing and preventing human trafficking.
“We couldn’t be more thankful to Marriott International for making this commitment to the fight against modern slavery,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. “Through their donations, Marriott’s customers will support our work to disrupt trafficking networks and connect survivors to the help they need. We are grateful for Marriott’s leadership in the hospitality industry on this issue.”
To donate points, customers can visit Marriott’s featured nonprofits webpage at giving.marriottrewards.com. With more than 6,400 properties in over 126 countries and territories, Marriott recognizes and embraces its global responsibility and unique opportunity to be a force for good.
Polaris develops sustainable, service-oriented, and survivor-centric corporate partnerships to disrupt human trafficking at the root and establish trafficking-proof environments. By working with companies to identify and respond to human trafficking within their industries, Polaris and its partners seek to flip the modern slavery economy so it is no longer a high profit, low risk endeavor
People can receive help or report a tip of suspected human trafficking in the United States by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or by sending a text to Polaris at “BeFree” (233733).
Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris acts as a catalyst to systemically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. By working with government leaders, the world’s leading technology corporations, and local partners, Polaris equips communities to identify, report, and prevent human trafficking. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.