New Version of the Code for Meeting Planners
The ECPAT Code (the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism at TheCode.org) has six criteria, which members of the tourism industry must agree towhen they sign. It was recently revised to include ways that meeting planners can implement each step, in italics:
1. To establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
Sample language for policy available upon request.
2. To train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation, and how to report suspected cases.
Train employees on children's rights, prevention of sexual exploitation, and how to effectively engage travel and tourism companies to address this problem.
3. To include a clause in throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero-tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
Include language in RFPs throughout the value chain stating a preference for companies with a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children and/or Code membership. Sample language available upon request.
4. To provide information to travelers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children, and how to report suspected cases.
Through Web site and with customers, when possible.
5. To support, collaborate, and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
Engage local service providers, law enforcement, legislators, peer companies, and the media on the issue.
6. To report annually on their implementation of Code-related activities.
Record implementation throughuse of TheCode.Org portal and an annual report will be generated at the end of each year.