The Code (aka. The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Exploitation in Travel and Tourism) is a CSR Member Organisation that provides tourism companies with tools and advice on integrating integrate child protection practices into their day-to-day business operations.
Members of The Code members gain access to :
- CHILD PROTECTION ADVICE: step-by-step implementation support of child protection principles,
- TOOLS: Sector and staff specific eLearning and training tools (available in 8 languages)
- EXPERT SUPPORT: Member companies gain access to The Code’s global network of local and regional child protection experts.
- RESPONSIBLE BRANDING: As a member, your company will be celebrated through The Code’s online media, press releases, and at industry events as a leading responsible tourism brand. Many travellers consider social responsibility practices when they make purchase decisions. As such, protecting the communities you work is not only the right thing to do, it is also good business.
In partnership with PATA, The Code extends a special offer to PATA members: As a member of PATA, your company will receive an exclusive 25% preferred partner discount on the annual membership fees for The Code. To learn more about this exclusive offer and The Code as a CSR tool, visit www.thecode.org/pata.
- Workshop on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism: 7-8 June, 2017 Luang Prabang, Laos
- Industry Training Session on Preventing Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, 15 June, 2017, Chiang Mar, Thailand
Launch of New Voluntourism Policy
The Code has launched its latest voluntourism policy to set clear standards of compliance for voluntourism organisations. The key principle of the policy is that The Code does not accept membership of companies involved in voluntourism activities, which include orphanages and other forms of residential care for children. Furthermore, The Code does not accept membership of organisations that have orphanages and other residential care centres incorporated in tourism programs.
We encourage all members who offer voluntourism products to read it and download it here. From 1 January 2018 all existing members will be required to comply with the policy, and it applies immediately for new applicants.
The Code participates in Global Study
Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel & Tourism 2016 is a powerful report that explores trends and solutions in the sexual exploitation of children in travel & tourism (SECTT). Read the report.
Press release: PATA and The Code Join Forces to Tackle a Taboo Issue:
BANGKOK, June 12, 2014 — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code) have agreed to cooperate in the promotion of child protection practices among tourism companies in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in May 2014, outlines plans for PATA and The Code to work together to raise awareness of the crime of child sex tourism and further promote The Code. The MoU also offers PATA members the opportunity to join The Code and take advantage of a discount on its annual membership fee.
The Code provides tools to tourism companies to implement concrete measures to promote child protection practices and responsible tourism. Companies that join The Code agree to take six steps that turn child protection principles into concrete actions that can help keep children safe.
Andreas Astrup, General Manager of The Code, said: “Regional travel associations such as PATA have a long reach. We are thrilled that PATA will use its voice and influence to promote the essential work of The Code and help protect children in tourism.”
As the first regional tourism association to partner with The Code, PATA is leading the way to a more responsible tourism industry worldwide. Mario Hardy, PATA’s Chief Operations Officer, hopes that many PATA members will join The Code.
“As taboo as it may be to talk about, the sexual exploitation of children is a problem in some of the regions we operate in. When our members join The Code they will be supported to take concrete actions to protect children while also reassuring their customers that they are socially responsible,” said Mr Hardy.