Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Question 4

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Question

Does the brand (company) have a zero-tolerance policy concerning child prostitution?

Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een zero-tolerance beleid betreffende kinderprostitutie?

German version: Setzt der Reiseanbieter eine Null-Toleranz-Politik gegenüber Kinderprostitution um?

References and Guidelines

The International Labor Organization’s Convention 182 (1999) defines sexual exploitation as one of the worst forms of child labor.

A zero-tolerance policy should be included in brands’ CoCs to ensure the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. In addition, brands may have signed up to the ECPAT Code of Conduct, an industry-driven, responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with the NGO ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by the UNWTO.

A list of organizations that have signed the ECPAT Code of Conduct can be found here.

Ranking guidelines

Only reward a 'Yes' if the company has signed the ECPAT Code of Conduct, or similar initiative, and has published this information on their website (or post a link to the ECPAT website page with their signature). Please note in the remarks section exactly where you found the statement.

Yes:

  • [brand] has signed the ECPAT Code of Conduct.
  • [brand] has signed up to [similar initiative]

No:

  • [brand] explicitly states that it has not signed the EPCAT Code of Conduct, or an equivalent.

?:

  • Although [brand] hyperlinks to ECPAT and states that it supports ECPAT against sex tourism, it is unclear whether [brand] has signed the EPCAT Code of Conduct.
  • [brand] does not report on a zero-tolerance policy concerning child prostitution on its website.