The Code (short for “The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism”) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry to prevent the sexual exploitation of children.
Sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism often takes place in hotels and other travel infrastructure. That is why we believe that working with responsible tourism companies is a powerful way to keep children safe and prevent these crimes.
When a tourism company joins The Code they commit to taking six essential steps to help protect children, which we call the six criteria of The Code:
- To establish a policy and procedures;
- Train employees;
- Include a clause in contracts;
- Provide information to travelers;
- Support, collaborate and engage stakeholders;
- Report annually.
The Code’s team and local partner network provides support, guidance, best practice examples, and online tools to make these actions as easy and effective as possible.
Does your business include voluntourism products or orphanage activities as tourist attractions? Members and applicants that are involved in voluntourism activities are required to adhere to an extra minimum set of criteria, next to the six criteria of The Code.
The Code does not accept membership of organisations involved in voluntourism activities which:
- Include orphanages and other forms of residential care for children in settings with minimal support or supervision
- Have orphanages and other residential care centres incorporated (or with the possibility to incorporate) in tourism programs or packages.