This report presents an assessment of the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (‘the Code’), which was established in 1998 by ECPAT Sweden. The assessment report provides a summary of the results of a literature review, three country case studies, an examination of strengths, weaknesses, gaps and lessons and a review of the "Code" criteria.
The assessment found that the Code, with over 1000 signatories (by the end of 2011), has had significant success in raising awareness of the issue of child sexual exploitation, nationally and globally, despite limited human and financial resources. The Code was found to be very successful in targeting primarily larger business in the travel and tourism sector. The report concludes with a series of recommendations relating to the Code’s institutional arrangements, Code Criteria, reporting and creating linkages to other business sectors and human rights initiatives.