With the publication of Kuoni’s Statement of Commitment on Human Rights in early 2012, Kuoni has cemented a more comprehensive approach to human rights in its business. The Statement of Commitment, which was developed through consultations with internal and external stakeholders and is endorsed by the Group Executive Board, prioritises implementation efforts in aspects of operations over which Kuoni has greater degrees of control and influence. These are respect for labour rights, respect and promotion of the rights of the child, and due diligence in regards to human rights within our business operations. As part of its commitment to due diligence, Kuoni has assessed the human rights risks and impacts arising from Kuoni’s operations and business relationships in Kenya →. In addition we have furthered our engagement with The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children → from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (the Code) through workshops, trainings and lobbying.
KUONI NORDIC HOSTS CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOP IN THAILAND
Kuoni Nordic has organised a series of supplier workshops in Thailand addressing the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children in tourism. Together with ECPAT International and the Code, Kuoni hosted a three day event inviting key hotel suppliers to discuss and agree upon means and measures on how to tackle the increasing numbers of children being exploited sexually due to tourism. 65 participants joined in Pattaya, Phuket and Krabi.
STRENGTHENING THE CODE THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Four leading tourism companies have launched a joint project – together with the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation) and the Code – aimed at combating child sex tourism. ACCOR, TUI, ITB and Kuoni are participating in a pilot project to test various new tools for implementing the child protection code, as well as creating local structures to fight child sex tourism.
SITA BECOMES SIGNATORY TO THE CODE
As part of its sustainability activities, SITA India has done a lot of work on fighting child sex tourism over the years. In 2012 it has taken an important next step by signing up to the Code and committing to implement its six key actions, which include training staff, raising awareness among suppliers and annual reporting.