Business

If we can harness the power and enthusiasm of the hotel industry, we can create an anti-trafficking movement that has the resources and capacity to really fight human trafficking. By working with the hotel industry, we have created a dynamic model that seeks to tackle human trafficking across supply chains, within recruitment and in local communities.

Shiva Hotels

As part of Shiva Hotels’ ongoing commitment, we have worked closely with their senior team to create a model that tackles issues of human trafficking and modern slavery within the hotel industry. We are currently supporting them with the implementation of a Stop Slavery Blueprint which sets out key principles, protocols, policies and training to tackle human trafficking. For additional information about the Blueprint, read the Stop Slavery Summary.

Industry Network

The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network brings together various stakeholders within the hotel industry to address human trafficking and modern slavery. The Network, which Shiva Foundation coordinates, stems from the acknowledgement that all actors within the industry, whether international brands, independent owners, or management companies, are responsible for combatting this crime. The Network aims to facilitate communication between these complex layers and to foster collaboration to meaningfully address inherent challenges. For more information on tackling human trafficking through the hotel industry, read our Theory of Change.

Timeline

2018

March 2018

The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network published their ‘Framework for Working with Suppliers: Mitigating Risk of Modern Slavery’. The Framework is a tool intended to be used by stakeholders at various levels of management within the hotel industry. It recommends specific responsibilities for brands, hotel owners and management companies, based on the experience and input of the Network.

March 2018

Shiva Foundation launched its report: ‘Charting a Course for Collective Action: Addressing Slavery in the Hotel Industry’. The report offers insight into Shiva Foundation’s experience coordinating the Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network during its first phase of working, reviewing the challenges encountered and providing recommendations for the multifaceted changes that need to occur across sectors to tackle modern slavery.

March 2018

Shiva Foundation launched the ‘Stop Slavery Blueprint’ for the hotel industry at the UN Women Headquarters in New York. The Blueprint provides hotels with practical measures to address modern slavery.

2017

September 2017

Shiva Hotels was nominated for the Stop Slavery Award because of its efforts tackling modern slavery with the Stop Slavery Blueprint.

September 2017

Shiva Foundation, in partnership with the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, convened a roundtable to discuss “Mitigating Risk of Labour Exploitation in the Hotel Industry”. Read the summary of the discussion in our report . Please note that this summary is of the discussion and that the suggestions are not directly from the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

July 2017

Shiva Hotels rolled out the Stop Slavery Blueprint across its entire hotel group, making it the first of its kind within the UK to run a comprehensive anti-slavery programme across all of its hotels.

July 2017

The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network officially launched a free resource hub featuring over 100 tools (guidance, templates, policies, and toolkits) for anyone looking to work on their own anti-trafficking initiatives.

June 2017

As a newly invited permanent board member, Shiva Foundation attended the first meeting of the London Modern Slavery Partnership Board within the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

February 2017

The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network officially formed at its first of four meetings for the next 12 months. The membership, endorsed by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) agreed to regularly meet to pull together best practice, learn from individual experience and facilitate action that requires this type of collaboration to be successful.

2016

December 2016

Shiva Foundation supported the launch of the Stop Slavery Blueprint pilot within one of the hotels within the Shiva Hotels portfolio. The pilot included awareness training for all staff, embedding anti-slavery protocols and beginning communications with suppliers. For more information, read the Pilot Goals and Objectives.

November 2016

Using the November industry roundtable as an inaugural meeting, Shiva Foundation coordinated the creation of the Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network. The Network which was launched on 30 November at the Trust Women conference, brings together key players to address human trafficking in the industry.

 

November 2016

Shiva Foundation in partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation held an industry roundtable to learn best practice for tackling human trafficking in the hotel industry.

July 2016

Shiva Hotels published a position statement on human trafficking and modern slavery. The statement, which can be found here, has been made public in the lobbies of all Shiva hotels.

2015

May 2015

We partnered with long established and highly respected charity, Unseen, to deliver an initial awareness raising and creative thinking session with the general managers and operations staff across the Shiva Hotels group.