Companies making a difference
Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada has partnered with various Canadian companies. These companies have taken significant steps to help raise awareness of issues such as child sexual exploitation and child trafficking. Some of these organizations have also raised funds to help support our many projects.
We are thrilled to have the support of Canada’s largest airline through its charitable organization, the Air Canada Foundation. The foundation’s creation in 2012 marked a new chapter in Air Canada’s dedication to the health and wellness of children and youth.
In addition to supporting Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada’s work through flight donations, the Air Canada Foundation is also the title sponsor for our annual Media Awards & Educational Symposium.
The airline has demonstrated its commitment to combating child sex tourism and exploitation by supporting the creation of public awareness videos for its in-flight entertainment system. Air Canada was the first airline in Canada and the second in North America to air on-board videos denouncing child sexual exploitation. The new videos created by Beyond Borders ECPAT with the support of the Air Canada Foundation were launched on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system in February 2014. They educate the flying public about the great harm experienced by children though sex tourism, sex trafficking and sexual abuse images (child pornography), and encourage reporting of these horrific crimes.
Visit the Air Canada Foundation website to learn more about its work.
WestJet signed a memorandum of understanding with Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada to partner in the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. In 2011, WestJet committed to supporting Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada by increasing awareness of child sexual exploitation through its social media channels, Up! magazine (WestJet’s in-flight magazine), and westjet.com. WestJet also sponsors the Beyond Borders Media Awards and also provides support through flight donations.
Transat is Canada’s holiday travel leader and ranks among the largest integrated tourism companies in the world. Strongly committed to the cause of sustainable tourism, the company has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the organization Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada to co-operate in the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
As part of that commitment, Transat has begun raising awareness of its entire staff to the issue of child sex tourism. In addition, all of its managers and frontline staff are receiving training, developed with the help of Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada. Transat also plans to raise customer and partner awareness of this issue of prime importance to the travel and tourism industry. Lastly, the tour operator has developed internal policies to guide the actions of employees who may witness situations of abuse.
Transat is a sponsor of the Beyond Borders Media Awards, which singles out journalists for exemplary coverage of the issue of child sexual exploitation.
To learn more about Transat, visit resp.transat.com.
LexisNexis is a leading provider of information and services solutions to professionals in law firms, corporations, government, and academic institutions. It focuses on supporting the Rule of Law as its charitable cause. LexisNexis included a fundraising campaign for Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada in its 2011 corporate responsibility program. The campaign focussed on human trafficking.
In 2009, ECPAT International launched the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People campaign with The Body Shop. This three-year campaign engaged the public as advocates and called on governments to safeguard the right of children and adolescents to be free from sexual exploitation. This campaign was an enormous success internationally and in Canada.
The Body Shop helped raise funds for ECPAT organizations through the sale of Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream. These funds allowed Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada to pursue many worthwhile projects including the:
- Creation of an ongoing Man-to-Man campaign that focuses on the demand side of child sex trafficking and involves Canadian celebrities
- Pursuit of legal intervention in cases with national significance to the rights of children and youth victims
- Development of training materials to be used with organizations and businesses looking to advance their CSR initiatives
The campaign also involved a petition that was launched in all The Body Shop stores across Canada and signed by more than a half million Canadians calling on the government to take more action to stop child sex trafficking. Beyond Borders / ECPAT Canada and The Body Shop handed the Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People petition to the Canadian government on August 31, 2011. Internationally, similar petitions influenced governments in 16 countries to commit to long-term legislative change that will help protect children.
EOne partnered with Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada to promote the Canadian release of the film, The Whistleblower. The Whistleblower dramatically illustrates the realities of sex trafficking of women and girls as well as many of the disturbing barriers that work to preventing its end. As the film’s Canadian distributor, eOne donated $1 from every movie ticket sold in Canada to Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada. The funds raised were integral to helping Beyond Borders programming.
Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada representatives gave presentations in Vancouver and Toronto at prelaunch events and urged Canadians to see this important film and to take action against human trafficking.