Modern Slavery Statement
June 1, 2018
This statement outlines our actions and activities regarding efforts to combat slavery and human trafficking within our business and supply chain, and is produced to comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Business and Culture
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (“Wyndham Hotels & Resorts”, “Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) provides travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and its 15,000 employees, through its managed hotel properties and its independently owned and controlled franchised properties, welcomes people to experience travel across a variety of brands and offers nearly 9,000 hotels in more than 80 countries.
Ranked among the World’s Most Ethical Companies, our predecessor’s parent company, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, publicly acknowledged its commitment to operate its business in a manner consistent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Global Compact since 2007 when it first published its Human Rights Policy Statement, a commitment which we continue. This is reflective of the Company’s core values, culture of ethical business practices and commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Policies. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has in place business principles to help eliminate the potential use of Company owned and managed properties for slavery and human trafficking. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ Business Principles represent the core of our business philosophy requiring our employees to act both ethically and legally when dealing with fellow employees and third parties with whom we do business. As mentioned above, we also abide by our Human Rights Policy Statement, reflecting our commitment to protect human rights within our sphere of influence. In furtherance of this commitment, in 2011, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation became one of the first hospitality companies to take a stand by signing the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (“The Code”), a commitment which we plan to continue through our partnership with ECPAT, an organization dedicated to ending commercial sexual exploitation of children. We also expect our suppliers to act in a compliant and ethical manner, and as such, we ask our suppliers to meet the criteria established in our Supplier Code of Conduct, which, among other things, sets forth our expectations of our suppliers with respect to forced labor and child hiring practices. Although we do not own or operate franchised hotels, our franchisees agree to comply with all laws that apply to their hotels, which includes all anti-trafficking laws.
Risk Management. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts also has in place processes to help eliminate the potential use of the Company’s owned and managed properties for slavery and human trafficking. Our work on human rights is overseen by our Corporate Social Responsibility team. We encourage our employees and suppliers (where permitted by law) to report certain matters confidentially or anonymously through a third party whistleblower hotline, including circumstances that may give rise to slavery or human trafficking concerns. In addition, for our North America operations, we make available a third party hotline, operated by Polaris, whereby employees of our owned and managed properties can consult with experts who will help them identify suspected signs of slavery and human trafficking and report such matters to the authorities. Moreover, globally, we distribute information at our owned and managed properties (and encourage the use of these materials by our franchised hotels) which assists employees with identifying potential signs of slavery and human trafficking and provides a process for timely escalating concerns within the organization.
Supply Chain. As a global hospitality company, we and our independently owned and controlled franchised properties purchase services and products all over the world. Given the nature of the hotel business’s risks of human trafficking activity, we have focused our anti-human trafficking efforts within our own operations and by reviewing certain global suppliers that participate in our approved supplier program, Our supply chain covers procurement at the corporate and local levels. The Company has an approved supplier program that supports the purchasing efforts of our owned and managed properties, as well as independently owned and controlled franchisees, by negotiating prices and volume discounts for products and services with third-party suppliers. We take a risk-based approach to performing due diligence