The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct

If there is only one child abused or sexually exploited in the Tourism Sector, it is one too many. Let's work together to protect the most precious and vulnerable human beings from commercial sexual exploitation - our children!

The Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct (The Code) is a Corporate Social Responsibility tool, which aims to provide increased protection to children from commercial sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and requires pro-active commitment from all levels of their members.

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT), Southern Africa’s leading responsible tourism NGO, is the official Local Code Representative (LCR) for South Africa and has been mandated by local and international stakeholders to drive implementation of The Code in South Africa.


The Secretariat of this global initiative,  TheCode.org, evolved from the globally recognised organisation ECPAT International and is headquartered in Bangkok/Thailand. The Code.org’s  online user-friendly application process makes it easy to become a Member of The Code.  Membership would afford your organisation the opportunity to become  part of a global network of both high-ranked and local small-scale tourists businesses. To date, over 1300 businesses around the world have signed The Code. The annual membership fee for The Code is based on the company’s total annual revenue per year.  It is divided into four categories and the membership fees are 50, 300, 800 or 2,000 Euros per year and can securely be paid online via PayPal.


By supporting The Code, tourism businesses such as tour operators, hotels, travel agents, car rentals etc. commit themselves to implementing the following measures in their operations to pro-actively protect children from commercial sexual exploitation:


The six criteria

1. Establishing a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children;
2. Training employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases;
3. Including a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children;
4. Providing information to travellers on children’s rights, the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases;
5. Supporting, collaborating and engaging stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children; and
6. Reporting annually on their implementation of Code related activities.

Once your company has successfully implemented all six criteria following the easy steps in the Member Portal, you will earn ‘Top Member’ status and be listed as such with prominent display of your logo on The Code’s website. Your company may also add The Code’s ‘Top Member logo’ to your website and receive a special certificate for your efforts to protect children from sex tourism.


FTT is more than happy to guide you and your staff through registration and implementation .
For more information contact: thecode@fairtradetourism.org.za or +27 (0)12 3422945

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