Intrepid and Flight Centre team up to tackle modern slavery in the travel industry

The blank stare of a child's eye who is standing behind what appears to be a wooden frame
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Intrepid Travel has launched a new travel consortium in partnership with Flight Centre marking the first major collaboration aimed at measuring and addressing modern slavery supply chain risks across the industry.

    Modern slavery is a crime which refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and abuse of power.

    Walk Free, an international human rights group, has reported the problem is getting worse, with an estimated 50 million people impacted around the world in 2022.

    Every company is at risk of being involved in this crime, whether they know it or not, and while governments have taken some measures to ensure businesses are complying with human rights standards, supply chains continue to present a great risk due to lack of transparency and access to resources.

    The tourism industry is no exception. From souvenirs purchased, to hospitality services provided, exploitation within travel continues to exist within supply chains.

    Intrepid said it has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to modern slavery in its own operations, and is taking this a step further, by more deeply evaluating and providing support to its 5,500 direct suppliers.

    The new consortium, established through the Informed365 platform, will engage with tier 1 suppliers, through an annual, online assessment to identify risks, analyse knowledge and actions, understand suppliers’ needs, and provide the support and tools they need to improve their own practices and those of their own supply chain. Industry suppliers will only need to complete the survey once, and they can elect for it to be shared with other business partners, reducing the burden for suppliers and overall issues of compliance.

    Founding members Intrepid Travel and Flight Centre have already begun to roll out these surveys and tools to their suppliers globally and are now actively encouraging other businesses to join the consortium to collaborate on eliminating modern slavery in tourism.

    “For so long businesses in every industry have ignored or fallen short of addressing the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains,” said Sara King, general manager of purpose for Intrepid Travel. “The reality is, we are our suppliers, and we hope the tourism industry can lead this change in mindset for businesses everywhere, to protect vulnerable people and communities around the world,” she added.

    The travel consortium is open to all travel and tourism companies around the world that have reporting obligations related to Modern Slavery, whether they are legislated or voluntary.


    Featured Image: iStock/mmg1design

    Latest News

    • Destinations

    Malolo Island Resort Fiji launches its own resort app

    Guests at the Malolo Island Resort can now get a better experience even before they arrive with the resort’s newly launched mobile app. Guests are encouraged to download and use the app ahead of their stay to build their itinerary. They can check-in prior to their arrival and make dinner and spa reservations all from […]

    • Tour Operators

    France on foot holiday savings

    Walking up a steep incline may be painful, but it is all worth it when you see that incredible view.

    • Cruise

    Seabourn introduces enhanced groups programs for travel advisors

    Leading ultra-luxury cruising and expedition travel company, Seabourne, proudly announces the “Seabourn Enhanced Groups Program” to elevate business prospects for travel advisors. This program introduces a revamped Tour Conductor Credit that offers shipboard credits or bonus commission for bookings. It also eliminates the need for deposits for small group allotments and increases group capacity. “Seabourn […]

    • Cruise

    Ponant’s latest luxury cruise expeditions for 2024 and 2025

    Head out to see the beauty of unique destinations on three bucket-list explorations of Australia with Ponant Cruise’s new luxury expeditions. Known for their luxury cruises, Ponant offers unique and truly exceptional sea voyage aboard sleek and intimately sized cruise yachts. They offer a range of discovery expeditions, and launched new cruises that take guests […]

    • Aviation
    • News

    Christine O’Reilly to replace Peter Hay as chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation

    Christine O’Reilly has been named as the new chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) – the owner of Melbourne and Launceston Airports. According to a release, O’Reilly will replace Peter Hay on 1 October, who retires after five years as Chair of APAC. APAC CEO Lorie Argus said O’Reilly’s appointment comes at an exciting […]

    • Tourism

    The number one thing you can’t forget if you’re going to Europe & The Olympics

    As the Summer Olympics in Paris draws near, travel insurance comparison site Compare the Market is urging travellers to safeguard their European summer sports dreams by getting travel insurance for when the unexpected happens. While France seems like a decently safe country to visit, it’s crucial not to overlook the potential risks that could disrupt a holiday. From bed […]