DES MOINES – Hy-Vee announced today that he has joined a statewide coalition to end human trafficking in Iowa. The Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking (IBAT) initiative is led by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. Hy-Vee and Secretary Pate’s office work together to raise awareness of this form of modern slavery and find ways to prevent human trafficking.
Hy-Vee will be promoting IBAT during its Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend July 22-24 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
“It is critical that Hy-Vee join our efforts to end human trafficking in Iowa,” Secretary Pate said. “As one of America’s most trusted brands, with over 285 locations across the Midwest, Hy-Vee can have a significant impact in reducing human trafficking in Iowa and surrounding states. I am very happy to have them join this statewide initiative.
More than 550 companies and organizations have joined IBAT since its launch in January 2022. Companies are asked to complete two tasks each year: “Learn something” and “Do something”. Companies will commit to “learning something” by educating employees, customers and industry partners about the signs and impact of human trafficking in Iowa. Companies can “do something” by empowering more people to take action to prevent human trafficking in Iowa.
“With our presence in Iowa and the Midwest, we have a broad presence in the region,” said Georgia Van Gundy, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief customer officer of Hy-Vee. “For years we have trained our drivers on what to look for when it comes to the safety of our employees and the general public. The IBAT initiative provides a formal program that we and other companies can participate in, which does not will only further protect our communities.
Membership in IBAT is open to any business or nonprofit organization that operates in the State of Iowa and shares a commitment to taking action to promote awareness of human trafficking and the Iowa Program. Safe at Home. Safe at Home is an address privacy program for survivors of human trafficking and other violent crimes.
Hy-Vee was named one of America’s top three favorite grocery stores. Their headquarters is located in West Des Moines.