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Myanmar Shalom Travels

Code of Conduct

Myanmar Shalom acknowledges its responsibility towards society to be a good corporate citizen.  Myanmar Shalom coordinates closely with its employees, customers, partners, locals at destinations and its suppliers to ensure that all parties take part in this action towards more responsible tourism.

Compliance with applicable law in general

Myanmar Shalom expects its Suppliers to comply with all applicable local laws and regulations, industry minimum standards and any other relevant legal requirements whichever requirements are stricter.

Accommodation

We will use of accommodations that do not damage the environment and will prefer the use of sustainable accommodation, in case of equal possibilities.   In case of clear evidence that contracted accommodations jeopardize the provision or integrity of basic services such as food, water, energy, healthcare or soil to the neighboring communities it can be reason to terminate the co-operation with the accommodation. Preference is given to accommodations that work with internationally acknowledged (e.g. GSTC recognized) and/or Travelife certification (taking into account price and comfort criteria). 

Transport

Means of transport should comply with the legal local standard. The Supplier should consider minimum quality and safety arguments when selecting car transport. The Supplier is responsible for training of drivers and a code of conduct with regards to driving. The Supplier will take care of environmentally friendly transport, if available.

 Excursions/Activities

Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with local, national law. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized.  Where available preference is given to excursions that operate on the basis of controlled sustainability standards. The company offers no products or services of excursion providers that harm humans, animals, plants, natural resources (e.g. water/energy), or which are socially/culturally unacceptable, such as elephant rides.

Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents

At Myanmar Shalom we do not allow or tolerates Sexual exploitation of children and adolescentsat the premises and facilities of contracted accommodations or any excursions.  Any suspicious behavior from guests, employees, staff from suppliers of the Supplier or any other person on the Suppliers premises or during excursions must be report to the local authorities by the Supplier. Myanmar Shalom will end the contractual agreement prematurely if the Supplier does not take adequate measures to prevent sexual exploitation of children within the direct supply chain (e.g. accommodations and excursions).

Illegal souvenirs

We informed clients about applicablelegislation concerning the purchasing, sales, in- and export of historic orreligious items and articles containing materials of threatened flora and/orfauna in the destination. Some of the illegal souvenirs includes: Ivory,Handicrafts made from elephant skin, any type of wildlife souvenirs and Souvenirsfrom sea animals.

Local sourcing and benefiting communities

We encourage suppliers and guests choose locally produced goods in preference to imported ones wherever possible. The Supplier, guides shall promote local products and services to guests, by recommending guides, restaurants, markets and craft centers wherever possible.

Best Practice Standard

Best Practice standards and other guidance towards more sustainability management (e.g. training manuals) are distributed to the best selling accommodations:
http://gettingstarted.travelife.org
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/tourism/training/hotels/toolkit

Education and promotion of sustainable supply chain Some excellent resources can be found at
http://travelfoundationtraining.com
http://www.greenhotelier.org/category/know-how-guides/

How Hotels can reduce food waste:
https://www.hotelmanagement.net/food-beverage/study-quantifies-cost-savings-reducing-food-waste

Biodiversity

• Suppliers shall minimize their negative impact on the environment;
• The Supplier shall actively reduce the amount of energy and water used and shall minimize the use of chemicals known to cause damage or pose risks to health and/or the environment;
• The Supplier shall monitor and control wastewater and solid waste generated and shall treat it as required prior to discharge or disposal;
• The Supplier shall not to offer red-listed species on the menu
• The supplier and its direct service providers do not promote souvenirs or food which contain threatened flora and fauna species as indicated in the CITES treaty and the IUCN ‘Red List’; historic and archaeological artefacts (except as permitted by law).