Community Impact

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The Fort George Hotel is very much aware of the need to be responsible to the community in which it operates. There is a strict policy against any illegal and exploitative form of tourism to include child prostitution and trafficking.

  • Hotel is a signatory of HIV/AIDS Policy at the workplace and has three trained staff to provide peer counseling.

  • Hotel is a signatory to ECPACT’s Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel & tourism in Belize.

  • Has a seat of the board of Belize Tourism Industry Association.

  • Have managers in service clubs such as the Rotary Club of Belize City, Kiwanis Club of Belize Central and Rotary Sunrise.

  • Its employees are Belizeans citizens with more than half living within half hour walk /ride from work.

  • Donates pool use to YWCA for summer swim classes.

  • Put in place guidelines and training for HIV/AIDS policy at the hotel
  • Employees actively fundraiser for Belize Cancer Society, living with Hope Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Belize Central.

  • Employees participated in 2009 and 2010 Belize Cancer Walk.

  • Adopted Liberty Children’s Home and has in place a matching funds program with guests.

  • Work with educational institutions with their Internship and On the Job Training Programs.

  • Conduct numerous site tours for educational institutions.

  • Human Resources does career day presentations to students in local high schools.
  • We have contributed in-kind donations to community projects, and non-governmental organization this past year totaling BZ$60,000.00.

Goals: Educate staff on ECPACT’s code of conduct

ECPACT Code of Conduct

(End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes)

In 1990, Social Workers, and others from various countries in South-East Asia initiated a non profit campaign bearing the name ECPACT. Today, 2004, ECPACT is an international organization with representation in 61 countries. ECPACT’s main goal is to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children. It works to promote a child’s rights and, through various means, bring the problem to the attention of the world so that constructive action can be taken against child sex trade.

CARLSON – Policy regarding rights of a child against sexual exploitation
As a founding member of the World Childhood Foundation, Carlson Companies and the Carlson Family support every child’s right to a safe and secure childhood, and believes everyone has the right to grow up and develop without fear of exploitation or harm. The protection of children from exploitation is not only moral but a social imperative, for “what is done to children, they will do to society”.

To this end we are signatories to the Global Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism:

  • To establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.

  • To train the personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.

  • To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

  • To provide information to travelers by means of catalogs, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.

  • To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.
  • To report annually.

In addition, we pledge to conduct our business according to the following guidelines:

Our People
We will equip all employees with the necessary knowledge and training needed for their position to identify and report possible exploitative activity to authorities, and require them to do so.
We will inform all employees that it is a criminal offense to sexually exploit children, and
we will report suspected cases of child sexual exploitation to the local police.

Our Partners
We will ensure that our future partner and franchise agreements have appropriate language prohibiting exploitive activity in their businesses with penalties in place for permitting such activity, up to and including contract termination and or expulsion from the applicable Carlson franchise system.
We will ensure that our future partner and franchise agreements have appropriate language prohibiting exploitive activity in their businesses with penalties in place for permitting such activity, up to and including contract termination and or expulsion from the applicable Carlson franchise system.

Our Actions
We will inform our customers and guests about our policy through means of brochures, home page and in-room information. We will prohibit the use of all company equipment for viewing, storage, distribution, promotion or other materials which sexually exploit children. Employees engaging in this activity face severe penalties, up to and including immediate termination and referral of the incident to local police. We will never use images or concepts in our marketing which sexual exploit children.