In order to qualify as a Partner for Responsible Travel, climbing companies must meet the following standards.
Partner Company Qualifications:
- 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 by placing a KPAP porter on every climb 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.
All Partner Companies must agree to and implement the following actions:
- Pay at least the following minimum wages for the crew:
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. The minimum number of porters per climber on the camping routes is at least 3 porters per climber and 2 porters per climber on the Marangu route.
- Provide 3 meals a day and cover all costs for food while on the mountain.
- Provide proper tents, ground sheet, and appropriate sleeping space for crew. Regular porters are not to sleep in the mess tent.
- 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.
- Provide transportation to Londorossi and Rongai gates.
- 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 Partner Company general meeting.
- Adhere to all local and National Government standards and regulations.