The Network grew out of a roundtable held by Shiva Foundation and the Thomson Reuters Foundation in November 2016 when international hotel brands, independent hotel owners, and management companies came together to discuss the challenges the hotel sector faces in eradicating various forms of exploitation at all levels of industry.
Due to the complex structure of the sector, we knew it would make addressing modern slavery that much more difficult. This was one of the primary motivators for the Network. A hotel might be under one brand, owned by another organisation and managed by another altogether. With multiple entities involved at each level, one of the essential roles of the Network is to facilitate constructive dialogue between these different groups . By bringing key stakeholders within the industry together, the Network sought to address accountability and foster communication so that anti-slavery initiatives are realistic and feasible for all involved.