Francis West of UNICEF analyses initiatives by companies in tourism industry to fight child exploitation in their supply chains

Author: Francis West, UNICEF, Published on: 28 November 2014

"World Responsible Tourism Day: Progress Towards Protecting Children", 14 Nov 2014

…[T]he International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimate[es] that there are between 13 and 19 million children working in the formal tourism industry, the risks of child exploitation – including sexual exploitation – linked to the sector are high. In order to understand how these risks relate to individual businesses and their supply chains, more companies in the sector could follow the example of tour operator Kuoni, who have undertaken and published human rights impact assessments at destination level in both Kenya and India…As well as addressing the demand side of sexual exploitation of children, the travel and tourism sector can have an impact on the supply side…An alternative suggestion that arose in a panel session at World Responsible Tourism Day was that hotels could pay their staff a living wage…to improve the economic condition of young workers, parents and caregivers both in Europe and at other destinations.[Also refers to Khiri Travel, Thomson Holidays (part of TUI Travel)]

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Related companies: Kuoni Thomson Holidays (part of TUI Travel) TUI Travel