(For-profit organisation)

Carlson (previously named Carlson Companies) is one of the largest family-run and privately-held corporations in the United States with business in the hotel, restaurant, and travel industries. Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, near Minneapolis, Carlson brands and services, including franchised operations, employ more than 170,000 people in more than 150 countries and territories. Under the leadership of Ms. Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and former CEO of Carlson Companies, Carlson companies have made a worldwide commitment to preventing child sex exploitation and trafficking in their hotels, restaurants, and tour companies. They were the first U.S.-based company to sign the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, which involved taking advanced steps to eliminate child trafficking.


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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues

Regions / countries / territories

Americas: United States Asia: China; India; Singapore Europe: Belgium; France

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Migration and population; all (4)

Business sectors

Leisure, hospitality, tourism and sports; Transportation and logistics