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UNWTO Launches Ethics Award

UNWTO Launches Ethics AwardUNWTO Launches Ethics Award

The UN World Tourism Organization and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics have launched the UNWTO Ethics Award, which will recognize companies committed to making their business more responsible and sustainable through the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The code is a comprehensive set of principles designed by the UNWTO “to guide key players in tourism development”, the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group.

The UNWTO Ethics Award, geared to recognize the engagement of tourism enterprises in promoting and implementing the principles of the code, is open to all tourism companies and trade associations that are official signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, Travel Daily News reported.

As of June 2016, 463 signatories from 64 countries have committed to promote and implement the code, without any representative from Iran.

According to WCTE, “In these times of needed awareness and common action, we should praise those entrepreneurs worldwide who contribute to responsible and sustainable tourism through their Corporate Social Responsibility”.

The candidatures will have to demonstrate to be long-lasting and have a positive impact in at least two of the following areas: (a) Corporate governance and business ethics; (b) Employment quality; (c) Social Equity and Human Rights; (d) Community Wellbeing; and (e) Environmental sustainability.

The winner of the first UNWTO Ethics Award will be announced on 18 January 2017 during the 13th UNWTO Awards ceremony and gala dinner in Madrid, Spain.

Candidacies are open until 30 September 2016.