We are pleased to announce that in partnership with ECPAT-USA, PCMA becomes the latest member to join The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.
This commitment to ending the sexual exploitation of children is driven by PCMA’s vision for business events to be a force for positive social change. As the world’s largest network of business events strategists this commitment will see important attention brought to this issue.
Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries.
The signing of The Code was announced by PCMA Foundation Chair and President of Maritz Global Events David Peckinpaugh during the association’s annual Convening Leaders conference, taking place from January 6-9, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As an industry, currently worth over $150 billion, we have the power of advocating and raising awareness of the human trafficking epidemic, and have a stronger voice for the vulnerable, whose opinions and opportunities have been taken away from them. Together with ECPAT-USA and other participating organizations, we are committed to doing everything in our power to end human trafficking – David Peckinpaugh
As members PCMA will be implementing the six criteria of The Code:
- Establish a policy and procedures against sexual exploitation of children.
- Train employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases.
- Include a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
- Provide information to travelers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases.
- Support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
- Report annually on the implementation of the six criteria of The Code.
Read more on PCMA’s commitment.