The sustainability-focused travel experiences company and global travel agency, both based in Australia, announced on Monday that they have launched a new consortium with the aim of measuring risk levels and tackling the problem.
Intrepid Travel said the new consortium will be established through a platform called Informed365, an Australian technology company focused on sustainability results. The consortium will work with travel industry suppliers to identify risks and provide support to improve practices.
“For so long, companies across all industries have either ignored or failed to address the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains,” said Sara King, Managing Director of Purpose at Intrepid Travel. “The reality is that we are our suppliers and we hope the tourism industry can lead this change in mindset for businesses around the world, to protect vulnerable people and communities around the world.”
Modern slavery, which includes the crimes of human trafficking, forced marriage, bonded marriage, bondage, debt bondage and many more, affects an estimated 50 million people, according to the global human rights group. the man Walk Free Global Slavery Index 2023.
Intrepid Travel said in its announcement that “every business” is at risk of being implicated, whether they realize it or not. Part of the problem, according to the company, is the lack of transparency and access to resources in supply chains.
Intrepid Travel and Flight Center has begun sharing its surveys and tools with its global suppliers and hopes to inspire other companies to help end modern slavery in the tourism sector.