Qualification as a Partner

All climbing companies are welcome to participate with IMEC’s Partner for Responsible Travel Program and there is no cost to join. KPAP performs ongoing monitoring activities to ensure the Partner companies are in compliance with the Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment.

IMEC’s Partner for Responsible Travel Program provides an assessment by a third party, based on objective measurements, to determine if a climbing company is meeting the proper treatment standards. In order to qualify as a Partner for Responsible Travel, climbing companies must meet the following standards:

Qualification Process:

  • The company voluntarily participates with KPAP’s monitoring of the treatment practices related to the crew. All KPAP monitoring activities are performed at no charge to the climbing company.
  • The company undergoes extensive review and assessment during the initial climbing season after their partnership application is received.
  • Data from the monitoring activities is compiled at the end of each climbing season and each Partner Company receives a Scorecard documenting their treatment of the crew.
  • A company qualifies as a Partner if attaining a minimum of an 85% performance level on the Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment Scorecard.
  • The Partner company’s practices are monitored every season to determine if the company continues to qualify in meeting the minimum 85% performance level.
  • Companies who fail to meet the 85% performance level in any season are immediately suspended until they demonstrate an 85% performance level in the following climbing season.

IMEC/KPAP Partner Program Performance Standards

  • Pay at least the following minimum wages for the crew, which were last agreed upon by the Kilimanjaro stakeholders in 2015:
    • Porters: 20,000 Tsh per day
    • Cooks and Assistant Guides: 30,000 Tsh per day
    • Guides: 40,000 Tsh per day
  • Provide salary payments within 2 days after the descent of a climb.
  • Implement a transparent tipping procedure to ensure that the porters receive the full amount of tip intended for them.
  • Provide tipping recommendations to climbers so that porters receive a proper living wage from the combined salary and tip.
  • Provide the appropriate number of porters per climb so that each porter carries only 20kg of company gear.
  • Provide 3 meals a day and cover all costs for food while on the mountain.
  • Provide adequate tents, ground sheet, and appropriate sleeping space for crew.
  • Offer equal climbing opportunities to all porters registered with the company.
  • Inform crew of company’s requirements regarding gear and equipment and ensure proper kit prior to the climb.
  • Assist with the descent of an ill porter and provide for medical treatment as necessary.
  • Participate in a biannual review of Guidelines for Proper Porter Treatment Scorecards with KPAP.
  • Meet with porters, company Director/s and KPAP once per year to review and discuss crew welfare.
  • Attend Annual General Partner Company meeting.
  • Adhere to all local and National Government standards and regulations.

For more information or to register your company, please contact us at [email protected]
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