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Human Rights in Tourism event at ITB

Michelle Naggar, Starwood Vice President of Social Responsibility is taking part in an important human rights event at ITB Berlin. The event called How to Start Human Rights Due Diligence in Practice? Impact assessments as a component in human rights strategies is taking place on Thursday, 10th March 2016, 12-1 pm, Hall 4.1, on the […]

How apprenticeship schemes can help address social justice

February 20th marks World Day for Social Justice. The UN says “We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” Their concerns led the International Labour Organization to unanimously adopt the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. In Europe the […]

YCI – How hotels can change lives

The Youth Career Initiative is a proven programme that helps hotels meet the need for skilled young people to recruit whilst also helping some of the most disadvantaged young people in their neighbouring communities. Here’s why it works. YCI is a transformational programme that works to bridge the gap between a lack of skilled and […]

Hotel youth employability programme is Tourism for Tomorrow finalist

A global programme that works with hotels to provide training for disadvantaged young people has been shortlisted in the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. YCI (the Youth Career Initiative) is a programme of ITP (the International Tourism Partnership) and has been selected as a finalist in WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow (T4T) awards in the People […]

Hotels and human rights

On Human Rights Day what are hotel groups doing to improve the lives of their employees and communities? Human Rights are a key pillar of the International Tourism Partnership’s work with its 16 member global hotel groups, combining both our work on human trafficking and our labour rights issues. Here are some examples of how […]

Marriott International making big gains in corporate responsibility

Marriott International has released its 2015 Sustainability Report and is making gains across all sectors of the corporate responsibility agenda, including in its community and diversity programmes. Highlights of the report include: Marriott has 140 LEED Registered and LEED Certified properties and earned over 1600 TripAdvisor GreenLeader badges. Their energy intensity is down 9.4% against […]

Hotels offer hope to survivors of human trafficking

Global hotel chains are working to ensure a brighter future for survivors of human trafficking, a new short film reveals. The film ‘Giving Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking – a short film by YCI’ tells the stories of survivors who are graduating from a six month training programme in hotels around the world, and […]

Steigenberger hotels welcome Spanish trainees

The Steigenberger Hotel Group which was recognised this year as one of Germany’s ‘top employers’ is creating opportunities for 15 young people from Spain via an exchange programme. The Group is living up to its status as a 2015 “Germany’s Top Employer” award winner by joining forces with the Federal Government and the not-for-profit education […]

Talking Point: Creating opportunities for women

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of the Corbin & King group of hotels and restaurants realised there was both a shortage of trained, experienced chefs, and a lack of opportunities for mums returning to work, so they decided to tackle the issue. The skills shortage in the restaurant and catering industry, and particularly of skilled […]