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Update on our Super Bowl Hotel Outreach

Super Bowl 2014: Hotel Outreach Launched in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania

In advance of Super Bowl 2014, Tri-State CRI, in partnership with the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and ECPAT-USA, led a large scale human trafficking awareness campaign. Sr. Patricia Daly OP and Margot Morris, have led five trainings of over 400 volunteers who reached out to over 1,200 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania hotels that may be at risk for human trafficking during the Super Bowl.  Among those hotels contacted, volunteers met a positive response at 78% of hotels, who agreed to either post materials on "red flags" of trafficking, conduct training of staff, or receive more information on the issue.  We were very pleased with this response and believe it was critical to the heightened awareness of the risks of trafficking around this event.

In addition to volunteer outreach, the team held a training for hotel General Managers to raise awareness about the risk of trafficking and encourage hotels to adopt policies and protocols to respond to human trafficking situations that may occur on their property.Volunteers also encouraged hotels to train their staff using the online training created by ECPAT USA and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, available here.

Volunteers include women religious, high school and college students, and people from civil society groups and faith communities who are inspired by the urgency of the issue. Margot has successfully coordinated volunteers from the Tri-State area, mobilizing them with the tools needed to meet with hotels.  This is an issue that transcends hotel brands – all hotels are at risk for human trafficking. This outreach is a way of establishing relationships and partnerships with hotel management to work together to prevent human trafficking and provide support when needed, well beyond Super Bowl 2014.

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NJ Gears Up for the Super Bowl

On June 14th 2013, the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking held an information and training session regarding Super Bowl 2014. This newly formed group is working to develop and implement a variety of strategies to prevent trafficking when this large sporting event comes to the Greater New York City area in 2014.

In attendance was a diverse collection of service providers, Non-Governmental Organizations, and interested parties. After an overview of the current state of trafficking, our colleague from ECPAT presented on our work with corporations on anti-trafficking measures.

Many concerned citizens hope to be involved in this grassroots effort. While we continue to organize there are a few opportunities for interested persons:

  1. Contact SOAP to help distribute soap with the National Trafficking Hotline’s number to local motels.
  2. Register for upcoming training session to approach hotels in the Tri-State area, by contacting our office.

Our work continues, as the Coalition will continue to meet and prepare action plans for the Super Bowl and beyond.

Together, we will work to see a slavery-free world.

 
Investor Coalition Intensifies Efforts Around Climate Change During Proxy Season

With growing evidence of man-made contributions to global warming, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) are calling on asset owners to use their voices and their votes to push for stricter GHG reduction goals and to accelerate investments in renewable energy.

 

ICCR members are sponsoring 28 climate-related proposals this proxy season. Several focus on obvious industries like extractives and utilities. Others, targeting big box retailers, food retailers, the energy-intensive IT sector, and the financial services sector with its power to drive investments in green energy solutions move into new territory.

 

To learn more, read our press release.

 
ICCR releases Principles for Sustainable and Equitable Food Production.

Through its work in the agricultural sector, ICCR has developed expertise that lead to the release of Principles for Sustainable and Equitable Food Production in November of 2012.


An excerpt:

Food has always played a central role in the world’s cultures and faith traditions. In religious life the spiritual dimensions of food are manifest in rituals such as food offerings,sharing, fasts, taboos and dietary practices. Examples of the sacredness of food from the world’s major religions are the Christian sharing of the Eucharist in Holy Communion, the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan, Jewish Passover and Kosher practices and Prasad offerings in the Hindu faith. The cultural dimensions of food are embodied in the harvest festivals, thanksgiving feasts and countless food ceremonies and traditions that mark rites of passage and milestones for people across the globe.Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), many with global ministries in food-insecure communities, have long advocated for an equitable, accessible and sustainable food system that nourishes both people and planet.

The Current Food Crisis

There is an urgent need for a food system that will sustain the world’s people both now and for future generations. It is widely cited that agricultural production will need to increase 70% to feed the global population of 9 billion expected by 2050. Moreover, as a result of unfair trade, production and distribution practices, today’s food system fails to provide equitable access to nutrition for nearly one in seven people. Increased demand for biofuels and speculative investments in land are artificially inflating the price of vital natural resources and concentrating them in the hands of multinational corporations and hedge funds. The global economic crisis has driven millions around the world into poverty.We see evidence of the unrest caused by rising food prices in land and water conflicts that are surfacing with increased regularity not only in developing countries, but in wealthier countries long thought immune to the threat of food insecurity. The situation is exacerbated by the impact of climate change, which has produced increased flooding, more frequent and enduring droughts and pollution. How businesses respond to these growing pressures on our world’s food supply will determine whether hunger and poverty are eradicated or soar to new heights.


To read the entire Principles document, visit: http://iccr.org/issues/subpages/pdf/2012ICCRFoodPrinciples-lowrez.pdf

 
TriCRI Celebrates Hershey's Vow to Source 100% Certified Cocoa by 2020

From ICCR:

Move to certify entire product line seen as significant step to eradicate trafficking and forced child labor on cocoa farms and plantations

NEW YORK, NY///October 11, 2012///Today, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a shareholder coalition that engages companies on labor and human rights standards in global supply chains, commends the Hershey Company for its commitment to certify all its cocoa by a third party by 2020.

With a 43% share of the U.S. chocolate market, the investors view Hershey’s decision as an important advancement that is certain to influence the industry and result in more sustainable cocoa farming and production.

Said Chris Meyer of Praxis Mutual Funds and co-convener of the Hershey dialogue, “Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa, specifically Ghana and the Ivory Coast, where tens of thousands of children are forced, often trafficked, to work on cocoa plantations, and small farmers are unfairly compensated for their crops. While these conditions have persisted for decades, Hershey’s commitment sends a powerful message that human rights and labor abuses will no longer be tolerated in cocoa supply chains and that certified cocoa is the new industry norm.”
While Hershey’s Dagoba Organic chocolate is currently produced from Rainforest Alliance certified farms and the company had previously announced its commitment to make its Bliss line Rainforest Alliance certified by year end 2012, the move to accelerate certification across all its product offerings is welcome and encouraging news for shareholders and a hopeful sign for the industry.

Said Kate Walsh of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment who also leads the ICCR dialogue with Hershey, “As Hershey owns the lion’s share of the U.S. chocolate market, we are pleased to see such a substantial commitment from the corporation. While there is no one solution to injustices such as forced labor, Hershey’s commitment has helped raise the industry bar and is further acknowledgement of the reputational risks that non-certified brands faceWe look forward to receiving more information around the upcoming certifications."

ICCR members engage companies in high risk industries to promote ethical and sustainable supply chains. Examples of past campaigns include work with the apparel industry around their sourcing of cotton from Uzbekistan, labor rights abuses in the electronics manufacturing sector and the risks of human trafficking in the travel and tourism industry. 

Said Pat Zerega of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, “Children who are enslaved, exposed to hazardous substances and work with dangerous tools are a concern for us all. In his address at the Clinton Global Initiative last month, President Obama said, ‘All the business leaders who are here and our global economy companies have a responsibility to make sure that their supply chains, stretching into the far corners of the globe, are free of forced labor.  The good news is more and more responsible companies are holding themselves to higher standards.’ ICCR members and NGOs have been pushing for cocoa certification for many years.  We congratulate Hershey for holding itself to a higher standard and taking this important step to help eradicate child labor in the cocoa industry.”

CONTACT:
Susana McDermott
212-870-2938
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About the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
Currently celebrating its 41st year, ICCR is the pioneer coalition of active shareholders who view the management of their investments as a catalyst for change. Its 300 member organizations with over $100 billion in AUM have an enduring record of corporate engagement that has demonstrated influence on policies promoting justice and sustainability in the world.

About Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment

The TRI-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI) is an alliance of 40 Roman Catholic institutional investors primarily located throughout the New York metropolitan area. Members utilize their power as shareholders to engage corporations in issues of sustainability.
www.tricri.org

 
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