Expedia, Inc. Modern Slavery Statement
Expedia, Inc. is a global online travel company, empowering business and leisure travellers through technology with the tools and information they need to efficiently research, plan, book and experience travel. The Expedia Group contains a portfolio of travel brands, including our majority-owned subsidiaries. Travel suppliers distribute and market products via our traditional desktop offerings, as well as through alternative distribution channels including mobile and social media, our private label business and our call centers in order to reach our extensive, global audience. In addition, our advertising and media businesses help other businesses, primarily travel providers, reach a large audience of travellers around the globe. Please visit our corporate website at www.expediainc.com to learn more about Expedia, Inc., as well as our Investors page for financial and operational results as provided in our Annual Report, Quarterly Earnings, Events and Presentations filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pursuant to Section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015, Expedia, Inc. and its subsidiaries provides the following statement:
Expedia respects human rights and workplace rights and remains committed to conducting its business in a manner that protects these rights, including (but not limited to) prohibiting and opposing modern slavery, servitude, forced labor and human trafficking.
Policies and Practices
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Expedia has adopted Codes of Business Conduct and Ethics that set forth our core principles and values, and expectations regarding responsible business conduct (our “Codes”). As such, our Codes provide the standards of integrity that Expedia requires all of its directors and employees to follow. In particular, our Codes set forth our commitment to act ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships, including respecting human rights and workplace rights, opposing modern slavery and human trafficking of any kind, as well as providing guidance on how to report any violations of our Codes.
Travel Suppliers and Third Party Vendors
Expedia endeavours to maintain business relationships with travel suppliers and third-party vendors that are committed to respecting human rights and workplace rights. Consistent with Expedia’s ongoing review of its business practices, and as the understanding of and approaches to address the complex issue of modern slavery and human trafficking develop, Expedia expects to further refine its policies or practices as it deems appropriate and effective.
Expedia respects and values its employees. To ensure that our employees are not subject to undue influence and are treated fairly and with respect, Expedia has human resource policies and procedures, as well as recruitment processes, in place across all of its operations.
As indicated above, Expedia’s Codes specifically assert Expedia’s respect for human rights and opposition to human trafficking. Expedia requires that all of its directors and employees, including all executive officers and senior financial officers, to comply with applicable Expedia Code. During new hire orientation and training, all recently-hired employees receive a copy of the applicable Expedia Code.
Expedia maintains a twenty-four hour phone hotline for employees to raise concerns without fear of retaliation. Employees can confidentially report any concerns, which may include, concerns relating to modern slavery and human trafficking. These reports are then investigated in accordance with company policies and procedures.
Expedia’s Codes govern and guide the business conduct of Expedia and its employees. As we hold ourselves to these high ethical principles and values, we endeavor to ensure that the business conduct of our travel suppliers and vendors comply with all laws and that travel suppliers and vendors will embrace our ethical principles and values.
Violations by our employees of the applicable Expedia Code may subject them to disciplinary action, including dismissal (unless prohibited by law). We also reserve the right, pursuant to contractual provisions or to the extent permitted by law, to terminate relationships with third parties who violate the ethical principles and values set forth in Expedia’s Codes or who otherwise engage in illegal activities.
This Statement was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Expedia, Inc.
/s/ Dara Khosrowshahi
President and Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Expedia, Inc. Board of Directors
This statement is for the financial year 1 January 2016 ending 31 December 2016.