Kenya Airways warns staff against human trafficking ahead of meeting

KQ says it has a policy against human trafficking

Kenya Airways CEO Allan Kilavuka warned staff against human trafficking

In Summary

  • Human trafficking is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights, which involves the exploitation of vulnerable individuals.
  • Employees must notify their manager or report it in line with the applicable whistleblowing procedures as soon as possible

National carrier Kenya Airways has called a meeting to discuss the menace of human trafficking amid complaints of the rise of the vice.

Kenya Airways says it has a policy against human trafficking.

This comes ahead of a meeting called on Monday, March 6 in Nairobi to discuss the issue.

CEO Allan Kilavuka said, in an earlier memo, human trafficking is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights, which involves the exploitation of vulnerable individuals.

“This exploitation can take various forms, such as slavery and servitude, forced and compulsory labour, sexual exploitation, and the removal of organs, all of which have in common the open or subtle control of the victims.”

“This policy applies to all Kenya Airways’ operations and establishments company-wide, including all activities carried out on behalf of Kenya Airways PIc and its subsidiaries,” he said.

He added management at all levels is responsible for ensuring those reporting to them are aware of the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking and understand and comply with this policy.

“Kenya Airways PLC condemns all forms of human trafficking, fully supports the elimination of the exploitation of human beings and modern slavery and will not condone human trafficking in any part of our organization.”

Kilavuka added the airline aims to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken.

He said employees must notify their manager or report it in line with the applicable whistleblowing procedures as soon as possible if they believe or suspect that a conflict with this policy has occurred or may occur in the future.

“Any employee who breaches this policy shall face disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal for gross misconduct,” he said.

He said Kenya Airways PLC shall terminate its relationship with other individuals and organisations working on our behalf if they breach this policy.

Violation of this policy shall result in the criminal prosecution of responsible individuals, he added.

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