PIER INSTITUTE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMS
Instant Imprints of Louisville Partners with Supplier
in Honduras to Fight Human Trafficking
September 18, 2013
Instant Imprints of Louisville (Colorado) and Gildan (Honduras) collaborated this month to bring the Verifica program against human trafficking to Honduras. The program was implemented in the same community that produces many of the clothing items Instant Imprints of Louisville offers to its customers. Over a three day period, a staff member from the PIER Institute trained over 200 students in special tactics to protect themselves, their families, and their friends.
To complete this CSR project, Instant Imprints connected PIER Institute with Gildan in the U.S., then Gildan's office in Honduras coordinated with local schools to schedule the launch of program. Instant Imprints made the program possible while all local transportation, meals and lodging for PIER's trainer were donated by Gildan.
"This collaboration is an excellent example of how two
companies can pursue their respective business interests while at the
same time working to build healthy communities," said Lucas Velasquez,
Global Project Coordinator for the PIER Institute. "We look forward to
working with both companies again."
a community-based program proven to stop human traffickers and protect
communities. Traffickers often pose as
"recruiters" with promises of employment in distant cities and then
sell their victims into slavery or forced labor.
Verifica exposes traffickers before
they can exploit the innocent without risk to targeted teens or the community. It uses a combination of outreach, awareness, and
training in special tactics to shield vulnerable young
people in a neighborhood or community against human traffickers.
Building on this new "supply chain" connection, Instant Imprints of
Louisville and Gildan are also assisting PIER with the development of a micro-enterprise project in the same Honduran community to
help us more readily build local relationships and explore future collaborations.
The PIER Institute uses business connections like these complete projects with innovative U.S. companies, their foreign suppliers or customers, and
nearby communities committed to sustainable development.