As a member you gain 24/7 access to online tools to help you protect children, including a personalised membership portal, best practice guides, and online staff training available in 10 languages.
Many travellers consider social responsibility practices when they make purchase decisions. That’s why, when you take inspiring action to protect children, your company will be celebrated through The Code’s online media, press releases, and at industry events as a leading responsible tourism brand. You also receive an annual membership certificate to display.
Being a member of The Code is the best step your business can take to prevent heinous crimes against children being committed in connection with your business.
As a member you joined a growing network of hundreds of companies around the world who have chosen to take a stand to end the sexual exploitation of children.
Having entered a new partnership with Pacific Asia Travel Association, The Code welcomes all PATA businesses with a 25% preferred partner discount on your annual membership fee.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BEING A MEMBER OF THE CODE ?
Members of The Code commit to expanding their Corporate Social Responsibility by contributing to the prevention of child sexual exploitation. Companies do so by signing "The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism" whilst using The Code's tools, trainings and consulting services to help them implement 6 child protection criteria. See below for more details.
WHY BECOME A MEMBER?
Protecting children is not just the right thing to do; it is also good business. 95% of tourists visiting the Asia Pacific region want you to protect children. Click here for a more detailed description of the benefits a membership to The Code brings to your business.
WHAT IS A TOP MEMBER?
When you have successfully implemented all six criteria in your company, following the steps in the Member Portal, you will earn The Code's prestigious ‘Top Member’ status and be listed as such with a 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 special certificate for your efforts to protect children from sex tourism.
When a tourism company joins The Code it commits to taking six concrete actions to help protect children. Our tools and eLearning modules were designed to assist large and small businesses with the day-to-day implementation of these six steps. These are to:
To take advantage of the preferred partner discount, simply complete the application form above:
To ensure that all members remain cohesive in their commitment and motivation to join The Code, prospective members go through a short application and approval process, which is outlined below. Once they have implemented the Code criteria satisfactorily, they are awarded “Top Member” status:
To apply you need to fill out the online application [to do so, please click 'join now']. As soon as you have applied, you will get instant access to the online ‘Member Portal’ and can start to implement the six criteria of The Code.
You can pay the annual membership fee on-line when you are applying or choose to receive an e-invoice afterwards. The membership fee needs to be paid within one month before cancellation of your application and access to services. The annual membership fee for The Code is based on the company’s total annual revenue per year - please see below under ‘Membership Fee’.
Once you have applied and paid the membership fee, your application is sent for final approval by The Code Board. Usually, applications are approved within a month and during this process, you still have full access to the tools and services and most companies, start to work on implementation of the six criteria.
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 2 minutes.
Once you have signed the agreement form, your company is officially a member of The Code and will be listed on the 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 special certificate for your efforts to protect children from sex tourism.
The annual membership fee for The Code is based on each member’s total annual revenue per year. It is divided into four categories and the membership fees are 50, 300, 800 or 2,000 Euros per year.
ALL PATA BUSINESS MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO AN EXCLUSIVE 25% PARTNER DISCOUNT ON THEIR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE
The following prices reflect the discounted rate.
Category I: Revenues under 500,000 Euros per year = 50 Euros per year 37 Euros per year
Category II: Revenues between 500,000 - 2.5 million Euros per year = 300 Euros per year 225 Euros per year
Category III: Revenues between 2.5 - 50 million Euros per year = 800 Euros per year 600 Euros per year
Category IV: Revenues over 50 million Euros per year = 2,000 Euros per year 1500 Euros per year
Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions.
We at ITB Berlin are persuaded that The Code is the right instrument to fight against sexual exploitation of children in tourism. We are happy to use our platform as the world’s leading travel trade show to inform about the initiative.