How we might inspire you to help one modern day slave

Since the time our leaders galvanized around the fight against human trafficking last September, they generated an overwhelming number of opportunities to share our mission. We want to impart our journey to you in hopes of inspiring you to be creative and do what you can to help.

As a technology company, Sabre wasn’t a natural organization to take on human trafficking, and maybe you think your organization can’t do much either. But think again. You, your company, and its employees, connect with people every day. By educating and spreading the word, together we have a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of women, children and men who suffer daily in modern day slavery.  It’s going to take a mass of people to make a dent in the world’s second largest organized crime, but we have to believe that we can win this battle.

Barbra Anderson, Sabre’s Director of Global Corporate Responsibility and Cristina Scott, Sabre’s Chairperson for Passport to Freedom share the company’s story:

We first had to learn about the cause

We turned to the experts at hard-working organizations such as Dallas Women’s FoundationPolaris Project, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) USA, Mosaic Family Services, International Justice Mission, and Airline Ambassadors International.

We made a public commitment

We signed The Code:  The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (ECPAT) is the only voluntary set of business principles travel and tourism companies can implement to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking of children.

We engaged employees…that was the easy part!

Our leadership team carved out time to share their personal commitment to fighting human trafficking. We included our initiative in this effort, “Passport to Freedom,” in our new-hire orientation and unleashed our really passionate colleagues to develop training, create presentations to share with customers, and produce videos to show at conferences.

Check out this story about an event Sabre employees in Montevideo, Uruguay recently hosted about human trafficking.

We designed a training program

We educated 26 percent of our 10,000 global employees (so far) with a custom 30-minute online training.  They now know what to look for and how to report it.

We collaborated – this will take a village

We created and participated in activities, even asked others to join us, including:

  • Association of Certified Travel Executives (ACTE) — We sponsored their conference closing session and reception to share our commitment to the cause and, with five nonprofit human rights organizations, celebrated ACTE’s signing of The Code.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation “Leaders Against Human Trafficking Roundtable” – We serve in their mission to maximize the transportation industry’s collective impact.
  • U.S. White House — We collaborate with others in support of President Obama’s efforts to combat human trafficking at home and abroad.
  •  U.S. Department of State— We hosted the Trafficking in Persons “TIP Report Heroes” at our headquarters in Texas. These Heroes are recognized for their tireless efforts to protect victims, punish offenders and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad.
  • City of Southlake, Texas and Polaris Project — We provided a one-day training session to 100 North Texas law enforcement officers. Within two weeks, an attendee put his training to use, and as a result, a survivor of human trafficking was rescued and taken to a shelter.

What can you do with this information? 

We hope this bit of our journey inspires you to get creative about what you can do to engage in the cause.  We aren’t the experts, we don’t have all the answers and we don’t know exactly where this journey will take us. We do know that we’re doing the right thing, we’re working alongside some really smart people who do the really tough work on the front lines, and we’re doing our part. We hope we can continue this fight alongside you, to help one modern day slave at a time.  Read more at www.sabre.com/passporttofreedom