Carlson Recognized as a Top Member of The Code in 2014 for Exceptional Efforts to Protect Children

Minneapolis | July 22, 2014

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced that the company has been recognized by The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) as a top member for 2014.

“Carlson is proud to be the first North American travel and hospitality company to sign the Code of Conduct back in 2004,” said Trudy Rautio, president and CEO, Carlson. “Our company has long supported and been a leader in the travel and tourism industry on the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) Code of Conduct to protect children against sexual exploitation.”

Carlson along with forty-three other companies around the world were recognized as top members for successfully completing all six criteria of The Code within their own business operations, reporting their efforts, and choosing to make their child protection work public on The Code’s website.

“We had the privledge to launch The Code back in 2004 along side Marilyn Carlson Nelson,” said Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, the Local Code Representative in the United States. “To this date, Carlson continues to raise the bar each year in the fight to protect children and we congratulate them on becoming a 2014 Top Member.”

For more information on Carlson’s responsible business intiatives, please visit http://responsiblebusiness.carlson.com.

About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and development, including, Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Carlson’s portfolio also includes Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel and meetings management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 100,000 people. http://www.carlson.com

About The Code
The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) is an industry-driven corporate responsible tourism initiative that provides awareness, tools and support to tourism companies in order to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Tourism companies that join The Code agree to take six steps that turn child protection principles into concrete operational procedures that can help keep children safe. Visit www.thecode.org

Contact
Ben Gardeen, Carlson, +1 (763) 212-8129, bgardeen@carlson.com

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