Expedia Group, Inc. Modern Slavery Statement
Expedia Group, Inc. is one of world’s largest travel platforms. We make available, on a stand-alone and package basis, travel products and services provided by numerous lodging properties, airlines, car rental companies, destination service providers, cruise lines, vacation rental property owners and managers, and other travel product and service companies. We also offer travel and non-travel advertisers access to a potential source of incremental traffic and transactions through our various media and advertising offerings on our websites.
To learn more about our financial and operational results as provided in our Annual Report, Quarterly Earnings, Events and Presentations filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, please visit our Investors page.
Pursuant to Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, Expedia Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including those listed below, provide the following statement:
Expedia Group respects human rights and workplace rights. Expedia Group is committed to conducting its business in a manner that protects these rights, and prohibits and opposes all forms of modern slavery, servitude, forced labor and human trafficking.
An overview of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) and other supporting documents can be viewed here.
Policies and Practices
Code of Conduct
The Boarding Pass sets forth our core principles and values, and expectations regarding responsible and ethical business conduct (our “Code of Conduct”). As such, our Code of Conduct provides the standards of integrity that Expedia Group requires all of our directors and employees to follow. The Boarding Pass is our commitment to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, including respecting human rights and workplace rights, opposing modern slavery and human trafficking of any kind, as well as providing guidance on how to report any violations of our Code of Conduct. Expedia Group endeavors to maintain business relationships with agents, independent contractors, consultants, and other business partners that are similarly committed to the principles, values and expectations outlined in The Boarding Pass.
Expedia Group Cares Program
In June 2017, our Expedia Cares program aligned our global corporate responsibility with 8 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 8 (decent work and economic growth), which covers Modern Slavery. At the global level, the Expedia Cares initiatives span all of these eight areas and focus on overarching humanitarian issues. In conjunction with the global effort, region leaders have selected issues that are most pressing in their area, as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals. Expedia Group has begun a programme of engagement in a number of initiatives focused on eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking, including in particular:
- Becoming a founding member of the newly formed anti-trafficking task force within the World Tourism Trade Council;
- Partnering with Thorn.org in its programme of initiatives and participating in multiple ‘hackathons’ to develop and accelerate the growth of strong online tools to combat trafficking
- In partnership with Mercy Corps, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and International Rescue Committee (IRC), the EMEA region leaders are focusing their efforts on refugee assistance and human trafficking.
More information about the Expedia Cares program is available at: https://www.expediacares.com/
Travel Suppliers and Third Party Vendors
Whilst Expedia Group’s own business does not extend to operating planes, hotels, rental cars, guided tours, cruise ships or other direct travel operator services, Expedia Group is conscious of the supply chain and travel industry context in which we operate. We have accordingly begun to seek ways to utilise our systems to assist our travel suppliers and partners in identifying potential instances of human trafficking, and enhance their own monitoring.
Expedia Group has developed a Vendor Code of Conduct:
The Vendor Code of Conduct sets out our foundational expectations in relation to all supplier and third party vendor behaviour and activity, including in the area of combatting modern slavery. Non-compliance with the code can lead to Expedia Group ceasing to do business with a vendor or supplier.
In addition, we endeavour to maintain business relationships with travel suppliers and third-party vendors that are committed to respecting human rights and workplace rights. Consistent with our ongoing review of our business practices, and as the understanding of and approaches to address the complex issues of modern slavery and human trafficking develop, we expect to further refine our policies and practices where necessary and to assess areas for collaboration with our suppliers through which we can work together to further mitigate the risks of modern slavery within our businesses and supply chains.
Expedia Group respects and values our employees. To ensure that our employees are not subject to undue influence and are treated fairly and with respect, we have human resource policies and procedures, as well as recruitment processes, in place across all of our operations.
Awareness and Training
As indicated above, The Boarding Pass specifically asserts Expedia Group’s respect for human rights and opposition to human trafficking. We require all of our directors and employees, including all executive officers and senior financial officers, to comply with our Code of Conduct. At new hire orientation and training, and periodically thereafter, all employees receive a copy of and are required to attest to receiving and understanding The Boarding Pass.
Additionally, Expedia Group is working with the Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking (BEST) Alliance to roll out workplace and supply chain awareness training to assist our employees in identifying signs and forms of sexual and labor trafficking. Thanks to this collaboration, the latest BEST training is available to Expedia Group employees through internal channels.
Expedia Group maintains a twenty-four hour phone hotline for employees to raise concerns without fear of retaliation. Employees can confidentially report any concerns, which may include concerns relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. These reports are then investigated in accordance with company policies and procedures.
The Boarding Pass governs and guides the business conduct of Expedia Group and our employees. As we hold ourselves to these high ethical principles and values, we endeavour to ensure that the business conduct of our travel suppliers and vendors comply with all laws and that travel suppliers and vendors embrace our ethical principles and values.
Violations of The Boarding Pass by our employees may subject them to disciplinary action, including dismissal (unless prohibited by law). We also reserve the right, pursuant to contractual provisions or to the extent permitted by law, to terminate relationships with third parties who violate our Code of Conduct or who otherwise engage in illegal activities.
This Statement was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group, Inc.
/s/ Mark Okerstrom
President and Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Expedia Group, Inc. Board of Directors
This statement is for the financial year 1 January 2018 ending 31 December 2018 in relation to the subsidiaries of Expedia Group, Inc., including the following companies operating Expedia Group websites in the UK (including those websites listed further below): Expedia, Inc (US), Hotels.com, LP (US), Trivago NV (Netherlands), HomeAway (UK) Limited, Egencia LLC (US), Silverrail Technologies UK Limited.
Non-exhaustive list of UK websites of Expedia Group: www.expedia.co.uk, www.uk.hotels.com, www.ebookers.com (UK), trivago.co.uk, homeaway.co.uk, ownersdirect.co.uk, Egencia.com (UK), Silverrailtech.com (UK).