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The Code

Kuoni Destination Management has signed up to The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The Code is an instrument of self-regulation and corporate social responsibility that provides increased protection to children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

As an extension of its Corporate Responsibility, Kuoni Destination Management has signed up to The Code to intensify the Protection of Children in the tourism industry as it remains one of Kuoni Destination Management’s core Corporate Responsibility initiatives.

The Code of Conduct is a comprehensive prevention tool, which operates simultaneously at different levels within and outside the company. To achieve the most efficient, effective and sustainable implementation of the Code of Conduct by a signatory company, a six criteria plan is to be implemented every year. The criteria’s are based on:

  • Establishment of an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Training of employees.
  • Introduction of a clause in contracts with service providers.
  • Provision of information to travellers.
  • Information provision on the Code of Conduct and the company’s policy in this regard to “local key persons” at the destinations.
  • Annual reporting on the level of implementation of the Code of Conduct for the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

The Code Secretariat is based in New York. The Code of Conduct was originally elaborated by ECPAT Sweden, a member of ECPAT International and the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), was developed for tour operators but as an efficient instrument, the Code of Conduct was quickly adopted by different kinds of businesses in travel and tourism.