Caring About Our Communities
Beyond our three primary strategic pillars of social investment, we sometimes find causes that are so crucial they demand our attention, or opportunities for our employees to join together to support the community.
Our support of efforts to fight human trafficking falls in the first category. In 2016, as we helped Houston prepare to host the 2017 Super Bowl, we learned that the city’s location made it an epicenter of human trafficking, and that major events such as sports championships tend to escalate incidents of prostitution-related trafficking. We connected with several non-profits that address this issue and assist the women caught up in it, and have continued to support two of them. Tahirih Justice Center provides free legal and social services to immigrant women and girls fleeing violence, and Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care and prevention. Our support for both these organizations is helping to build their capacity to serve these crime victims.
In 2018, we also partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a 501(c) 3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and busing industries to combat human trafficking. The TAT Coalition Build brings together key stakeholders in the trucking and oil and gas industries with law enforcement for a half-day training on human trafficking. Our sponsorship covers half of the cost for a Coalition Build, the Freedom Drivers Project exhibit and two additional days of training for law enforcement and prosecutors. The Freedom Drivers Project is a first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit that is a premier tool in educating members of the trucking industry and general public about the realities of domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it.
In the second category, we created a Global Day of Caring to unite all our employees and locations in working to make our communities better in large and small ways for a single day. During our second annual Global Day of Caring [link to video] our executive team, Board of Directors and nearly 1,000 employees in seven regions around the world took a workday to volunteer in the communities where we live and operate. Projects ranged from housing repair in Houston, where many residents are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, to care kit assembly for U.S. troops serving abroad, to constructing a kitchen outfitted for children with vision and hearing impairments in Equatorial Guinea. In total, the nearly 4,000 volunteer hours benefitted 19 non-profit organizations and were amplified by our global matching gifts program to further deliver critical services and support in our communities.