Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct for Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is an industry driven responsible tourism initiative co-funded by the Swiss Government (SECO) and by the tourism private sector and supported by the ECPAT International network, of which Child Wise is the Australian representative.
As the official Local Code Representative, Child Wise has been designated and trained to assist Code of Conduct signatories in Australia. The Code of Conduct engages the tourism industry to commit to and implement standard measures across the entire child sex tourism supply chain and to engage travellers in responsible behaviour. There are currently 1030 signatory members of The Code in 42 countries which is made up of tour operators, hotels, travel agents and airlines.
Suppliers of tourism services adopting the code commit themselves to implement the following six criteria:
- To establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.
- To train personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
- To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
- To provide information to travellers by means of catalogues, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, homepages, etc.
- To provide information to local “key persons” at the destinations.
- To report annually.
If you are interested in engaging in discussion about the possibility of becoming a Code Member, contact Child Wise on 03 9645 8911.For more information about The Code, visit http://www.thecode.org/