The Code is an industry-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry in order to combat the sexual exploitation of children in contexts related to travel and tourism.
As part of this mission, The Code employs the following six criteria (the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism), which members of the tourism industry must adhere to once they join The Code:
- To establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
- To train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases.
- To include a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
- To provide information to travellers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
- To support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
- To report annually on their implementation of Code related activities.
The Code represents one of the first initiatives to define the role and obligations of tourism companies with regard to the issue of child sex tourism. The goal of The Code is to work with travel and tourism companies to combat this crime.
We believe that, by endeavouring to meet the six criteria of The Code, tourism companies can integrate child protection into their business operations. The six criteria were formulated to turn child protection principles into concrete actions. In this way, they will uphold their commitments towards sustainable and ethical tourism by taking tangible actions to help protect children from sexual exploitation.