Prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism
This policy contains FIVE’s commitments to prohibit any form of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism. It includes measures taken to train employees, raise customer awareness and perform supplier due diligence for the prevention of such tourism.
FIVE has prioritized respect for human rights and is in line with the guidelines of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). FIVE strongly affirms its adherence to the human rights principles and has zero-tolerance against any form of illicit human trafficking or promotion of any child sex tourism or forced adult sex tourism.
FIVE strongly affirms its adherence to the human rights principles and has zero-tolerance against any form of illicit human trafficking or promotion of any child sex tourism or forced adult sex tourism.
FIVE recognizes child abuse in any form including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse as a serious offence and has zero tolerance policy towards child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism. FIVE is engaged in actively safeguarding children, adolescents, and adults from any form of abuse which may include neglect, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, hunger, mistreatment, or exploitation in any form.
FIVE is committed to ensure that the children and adults are not exposed to abuse, exploitation including sexual exploitation, violence, or neglect. In order to fulfil our commitment as a responsible and ethical tourism company, FIVE repudiates the sexual exploitation of children or any form of forced adult sex/ sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.
Sexual exploitation of children also occurs in connection with travel and tourism. In this context, the tourist infrastructure of the respective country is used by offenders to gain access to children and young people and then sexually exploit them. This risk assessment tool helps our business assess and understand its risk in relation to child sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.
FIVE performs internal risk assessment as per the guidelines listed by the Code to assess its risk of child sex tourism – across its value chain extending to its suppliers, travel agents and tour operators, third party contractors, agents, transport agencies and understand areas where risks exist, and steps are to be taken to mitigate those risks.
FIVE utilised the online Child Protection Risk Assessment tool by “The Code” to conduct the risk assessment. FIVE’s risk of sexual exploitation of children as per the assessment tool is low.
FIVE has implemented the following measures:
- FIVE has designed and started implementation of its detailed policy and procedures on prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism.
- Employees are updated about FIVE’s policies during induction.
- Regular is conducted to raise awareness on various policies.
- The policy is uploaded on the internal intranet portal and website of the company (fiveglobalholdings.com).
- The response mechanism to handle any situations for non-compliances are mentioned in the policy document.
- The training on this policy is provided as per the following:
- Updated new employees about this policy during induction
- Periodic townhall on code of conduct is done which includes key aspects on this policy (for all employees across all properties and locations). Covered all the employees.
- Regular flyers send to all the employees to periodically raise awareness on importance of this policy.
- Self E-learning training video on intranet and website.
- Periodic training of departments with direct access to guest (Front Office, F&B staff, Housekeeping, Security and Engineering staff) on potential scenarios of suspicion or non-compliances and measures to take to manage during such scenarios.
- The training on this policy is provided as per the following:
- FIVE’s supplier code of conduct includes details about prevention of child abuse which is signed by all suppliers.
- Periodic onsite suppliers visit is done to check and audit compliances with suppliers’ code of conduct.
- Suppliers Code of Conduct includes:
“All suppliers shall undertake to apply utmost vigilance to ensure that in its activity, minors are protected from sexual abuse and that its premises cannot be used for the production, distribution, and storage of any kind of pornographic materials. All suppliers shall further undertake to support the elimination of all forms of human trafficking and forced, bonded or compulsory labor, as well as the exploitation of children. This provision is a material provision of the Supplier Agreement and failure to comply to the same will result to breach and immediate termination of the business relationship without the need for any further legal notice”.
- FIVE’s contract with vendors / sub-contractors includes clause on child protection which specifies suppliers’ responsibilities to prevent child abuse and reporting of such instances. FIVE strongly prohibits such actions and has stricter policy for contract termination for any such instances.
- Suppliers Contract includes:
“The supplier undertakes to apply the utmost vigilance to ensure that in its activity, minors are protected from sexual abuse and that its premises cannot be used for the production, distribution, and storage of any kind of pornographic materials. Suppliers further undertakes to support the elimination of all forms of human trafficking and forced, bonded or compulsory labor, as well as the exploitation of children. This provision is a material provision of this Agreement and failure to comply to the same will result to breach and immediate termination of this Agreement without the need for any further legal notice or follow any legal or other process”.
Communication to employees / customers / travellers
- FIVE has an Ethics and Compliance Committee responsible for ensuring that the policy on prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism are disseminated and understood by all employees, customers, travellers, suppliers, and business partners of FIVE.
- The Ethics and Compliances Committee periodically advise and assist employees about the Policy on prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism.
- Ethics and Compliances Committee includes the following:
- Ethics and Compliances Committee
- Mr. Jaydeep Anand – CFO and COO Chair of the Committee
- Mr. Bhuwan Puri – General Counsel Member
- Mr. Ketan Mehta – Director of Risk and Compliances Member
- FIVE guests are informed by the staff of the hotel for the existence of the current policy and the policy will be available for them to read at any time on the company website.
- Additional, guests are constantly made aware about this policy by way of digital message on the smart TV in each room.
- Regular information is shared with our business partners / travel agents on this policy by way of regular emails / flyers on policy on prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism.
- Each department dealing with respective business partners regularly informs and communicates with them to emphasis about the compliances with this policy
- FIVE is focused and committed to prevent child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism across this value chain. FIVE deals with business partners such as travel agents, security contracted staff, housekeeping contracted staff, tour operators, etc.
- FIVE periodically communicates about the prevention of child sex tourism and forced adult sex tourism to its business partners.
- FIVE internal security team constantly monitors compliances with this policy by way of the following:
- 24X7 CCTV monitoring
- Camera at entrance linked with Dubai police to track and monitor criminals.
- Security guards throughout the hotel premises
- Constant patrolling throughout the hotel premises
- Arrangement with local police for immediate support
- Helpline numbers and email id for business partners / guest / customers / employees to raise red flags / concerns / complaints.
Audit and Reporting
- FIVE plans to implement the following:
- Review the policy and procedures once a year or during the year if required and update the same.
- Obtain from the following key departments, the details of training conducted (frequency, number of people attended training material and message conveyed and objectives achieved)
- Review sample contract (new and renewal) to check the clause on the prevention of child sex and forced adult sex in tourism is included in the contract.
Review the supplier code of conduct to check that is mentions about supplier’s responsibility and action in case of non-compliances with this policy.
- Check that number and modes of communication of this policy to customers and guests are active throughout the year (Smart TV message, flyers, etc.)
Check the mode and number of communications done with employees on this policy.
- Check the number and mode of communication with business partners about this policy.
- Quarterly interview sample business partners on awareness about this policy
- Quarterly visit sample vendors (on-site visits) and check for possible non-compliances or suspicion about issues of non-compliance with this policy