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CLIMBING CERTIFIED ETHICAL

CLIMBING CERTIFIED ETHICAL

It is the duty of the tourism industry to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and local communities. Our company actively promotes social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Climbers

Climbers need to become educated about the darker side of the tourism industry on Mount Kilimanjaro in order to choose from nearly 300 operators. Unfortunately, the hardworking mountain crew is often exploited and mistreated.  Many of them do not receive proper salaries, tips, food, equipment, or sleeping accommodations.

International Mountain Explorers

International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) is responsible for the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Kilimanjaro Porters Awareness Program raises public awareness about the proper treatment of porters on Mount Kilimanjaro and assists companies in developing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

In order to improve the working conditions of porters, KPAP uses the following methods:

  • The program provides porters with free clothes, ensuring they have the right equipment
  • Our free classes include English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Money Management, and Porters Rights
  • Advocating for a fair working environment for porters and educating the public

The Responsible Travel Program

The Responsible Travel Program was created by IMEC in recognition of those tour operators who adhere to fair working conditions and fair treatment of crew members on Kilimanjaro and in  Nepal.

Partner for Responsible Travel is open to all climbing companies and acceptance depends on the company meeting extensive and strictly monitored  Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment.

Monitoring activities are continuous and include:

  • Interviews and questionnaires for porters
  • Examining the salary distribution methods of partner companies
  • The tipping procedure for partner companies is reviewed
  • Reporting by an investigation porter on all climbs by KPAP partners
  • Making improvements and submitting feedback
  • Partnering with IMEC/KPAP for Responsible Travel means ensuring that porters are treated as they deserve to be treated.

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