Events Industry Council fights child trafficking

Policies, procedures and training programmes offered to event stakeholders.

EIC hopes the "scope and scale of our industry" will drive "meaningful" change.
EIC hopes the "scope and scale of our industry" will drive "meaningful" change.

The Events Industry Council (EIC) has partnered with The Code, a multi-stakeholder initiative to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

Backed by ECPAT, a global NGO network of more than 350 member organisations across some 95 countries, The Code provides the world’s first and only voluntary set of business principles that companies can employ to drive awareness and learn practical tools to support efforts in ending child trafficking.

Amy Calvert, EIC chief executive officer, said: "According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), over 40 million people are living in slavery worldwide; by working with The Code and ECPAT we can play our part in finally ending global human trafficking and exploitation. Given the scope and scale of our industry we have the ability to be a catalyst for meaningful and lasting change and progress."

To this end, The Code will collaborate and engage EIC's stakeholders by establishing related policies and procedures; training employees, including a clause in contracts; and providing information to travellers on how to prevent and report suspected child trafficking cases.

"It is vital that the private sector works together with the ECPAT network, law enforcement, and local communities on this difficult but important issue," said Thomas Mueller, deputy executive director at ECPAT International.

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