How to join

1. Apply

To apply you need to fill out the online application.

2. Pay

You can pay the annual membership fee on-line when you are applying or choose to receive an e-invoice afterwards. Once you have paid you will get access to the online ‘Member Portal’ and E-learning modules, and can start to implement the six criteria of The Code. The annual membership fee is based on the company’s total annual revenue per year.

3. Approval

Once you have applied and paid the membership fee, your application will be sent for final approval by The Code Board. Usually application is approved within a month and during this process you still have full access to the tools, training and support.

4. Signing

After being approved by The Code Board, you will receive a formal agreement form. This agreement form will be pre-signed by the Chairman of The Code and you need to add an electronic signature. The electronic signature is very easy and takes only two minutes.

5. Membership

Once you have signed the agreement, your company is officially a member of The Code and will be listed on our website. Your company can then add The Code’s logo to your website and print a membership certificate.

6. Top Member

When you have successfully implemented all six criteria in your company following the easy steps in the Member Portal, you will earn ‘Top Member’ status and be listed as such with prominent display of your logo on The Code’s website. Once achieved, your company can also add The Code’s ‘Top Member logo’ to your website and receive a top member certificate to demonstrate your commitment to protecting children from sexual exploitation.

Membership Fee & Purpose

The annual membership fee for The Code is based on the company’s total annual revenue per year.

Annual RevenueMembership Fee
0 - 500,000 Euros per year50 Euros per year
500,000 – 2.5 million Euros per year300 Euros per year
2.5 – 50 million Euros per year800 Euros per year
Over 50 million Euros per year 2,000 Euros per year

The purpose of the membership fee is to further support The Code in developing tools, training and support for members as well as for advocating for greater awareness of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. Membership fees are split 50/50 between The Code Secretariat and Local Code Representatives.

Membership fees can be paid securely on-line via PayPal.