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The Code


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



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.