Human trafficking is in direct opposition of our company's beliefs about a free society, and respect for the rights of others both inside and outside of GP. This led to a partnership with the International Human Trafficking Institute in a 3‐year campaign to raise awareness of the issue specifically in Metro Atlanta.
Because of our efforts, Georgia‐Pacific was recognized as a 2019 Power to Inspire Honoree by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today's Global Human Rights struggle, located in downtown Atlanta.
“Each year, we recognize individuals who make a significant commitment to promoting, protecting and fighting for rights," said Jill Savitt, The Center's CEO. “This year, on our fifth anniversary, we honor four leaders doing the hard work of making our world more humane, fair and just.”
Christian Fischer, President and CEO of Georgia‐Pacific accepted the award on behalf of the company. Fischer helped lead a company‐wide education program and channeled Georgia‐Pacific resources to promote an Atlanta‐wide awareness campaign coinciding with The Super Bowl and through 2019.
“You don't have to have all the answers to tackle this issue or know exactly what the end‐goal looks like–you just have to start," Fischer stated. “Human trafficking is in direct opposition of our company's beliefs about a free society, respect for the rights of others and human dignity.”
This award is The Center's highest honor for individuals and organizations for their notable civil and human rights impact nationally and locally.
Want to Get Involved?
- Volunteer or get involved with a local anti‐trafficking organization in your area by clicking here.
- Help to pass the Visa transparency anti‐trafficking act of 2018: Call on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure temporary visa holders receive the protections they need. Check out these websites to get started: www.house.gov/representatives and www.senate.gov/senators/contact
- Be able to identify and take action against trafficking through a very user‐friendly 20‐minute training module by clicking here, www.unitedwayatlanta.org/stoptrafficking.
- Watch and share this YouTube video, with friends and family to spread awareness.