Qualification as a Partner

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All climbing companies are welcome to participate with IMEC’s Partner for Responsible Travel Program and there is no cost to join. 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.

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

In order to qualify as a Partner for Responsible Travel, climbing companies follow a step by step procedure:

  • The company voluntarily participates with monitoring of the treatment practices during a Kilimanjaro climb. All 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.
  • If the minimum number of climbs are examined during the initial climbing season, data from the monitoring activities is compiled at the end of the climbing season generating a Scorecard documenting the company’s 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 continue to be monitored every season thereafter 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 suspended until they demonstrate an 85% performance level in the following climbing season.

Partner Program Performance Standards

In order to qualify as a Partner for Responsible Travel, climbing companies must adhere to all local and National Government standards and regulations.  We have the following standards:

  • the minimum wages for the crew agreed upon by the government and Kilimanjaro stakeholders.
  • Provide salary payments within 2 days after the descent of a climb as per KINAPA regulations.
  • 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 kit.
  • 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 the crew of the 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.