Secaucus, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/06/2015 -- As part of the ongoing partnership with ECPAT-USA in helping to end child sex trafficking, EmpireCLS has implemented its first companywide policy against human trafficking and slavery. The policy sets official anti-trafficking standards and guidelines by which the company will manages day-to-day operations and training requirements.
Worldwide, 1.8 million children are exploited by the sex trafficking industry, with 300,000 currently at risk in the US alone. Although this horrific industry is organized by intentionally exploitative parties, many businesses in the tourism and transportation industries play an unwitting role in the harboring and transportation of sexually exploited children.
An organization aiming to stop child sex tourism at its source, ECPAT-USA has been advocating for anti-trafficking legislation, promoting corporate responsibility and educating first responders, citizens and youth on the signs of human trafficking and how to take action against it for the past two decades. ECPAT-USA is supported by a global network of advocates, of which EmpireCLS joined in July 2014.
The new zero-tolerance policy officially outlines efforts EmpireCLS has enacted to prevent any organizational involvement in the use slave labor, including the employment of or doing business with any employee, customer, business partner, vendor or contractor associated with human trafficking. The same zero-tolerance verbiage has been added to all business contracts.
"Establishing guidelines by which EmpireCLS does business with clients and vendors not only minimizes our risk of exposure to the unfortunate matter of human trafficking, but also showcases our commitment to corporate social responsibility and support of our friends at ECPAT-USA," said chairman and CEO David Seelinger.
EmpireCLS, a provider of worldwide chauffeur car services, took the initiative on corporate social responsibility as the first ground transportation and chauffeur services company to sign Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, an industry-driven initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. As an upholder of the Code, EmpireCLS already trains its chauffeurs and employees on how to recognize and report human trafficking.
To learn more about how EmpireCLS is at the forefront of corporate responsibility, visit their website and check their News page for frequent updates.
For over three decades, EmpireCLS has led the livery transportation industry in trends and entrepreneurial vision. Captained by chairman and CEO David Seelinger, EmpireCLS has grown from a single-car company to a worldwide, luxury, chauffeured transportation provider, equipped with a fleet of late-model, luxury vehicles and driven by only the most dedicated and professional chauffeurs.
Available in over 700 cities worldwide, EmpireCLS provides unparalleled, five-star service to all of its guests, and also offers premium services like security coverage and airport concierge. Whether arranging transportation to their hotel or a major awards ceremony, EmpireCLS's guests can expect the best-in-class service that has earned the company its worldwide reputation for excellence.
For more information on EmpireCLS, visit http://www.empirecls.com.