Human rights issues are not only relevant to the international political arena and for public awareness, they are also becoming increasingly important in business management. This also applies to the tourism sector. More and more tour operators deal with the question of how they can actively respect human rights throughout their business activities.
Since tour operators depend on a variety of service suppliers for their tourism products – such as transport, tour guides, accommodation or catering – it is not always easy for them to assess the full impact of their activities. Do the employees in the contracted hotels receive fair wages? Will fishermen still have access to the beach once the new hotel is has been built? Many questions arise.
This is where the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism offers support. The multi-stakeholder initiative of tour operators and non-governmental organisations aims to foster the systematic integration of human rights due diligence in tourism management. The Roundtable is an open dialogue platform and provides know-how, materials and good-practice examples. Naturefriends International is founding member of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism and contact point for Austria.
The offer of the Roundtable at a glance:
... is a recommendation for a sector standard on human rights due diligence for tourism companies. It is based on the “UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”. The first tour operators and one travel association have already committed themselves to this standard.
... supports the implementation of the commitment in business management. It helps to develop a human rights policy which can be integrated into existing structures of tourism enterprises and be adapted according to their individual needs.
The online training
... serves as an education tool for executive managers and tourism professionals. Five training modules impart basic knowledge on human rights as well as practical approaches for due diligence in the tourism industry.
All materials and further information can be found free of charge under:
If you want to actively support human rights in the tourism industry, please use the material and/or get in contact with the Roundtable. New members are explicitly welcome!
International contact point:
Contact point Germany:
Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service / Tourism Watch,
Tel.: +49 (0)30 652 11 1807 | E-Mail:
Contact point Austria:
Naturefriends International, Tel.: +43 (0)1 892 38 77 19 | E-Mail:
Contact point Switzerland:
arbeitskreis tourismus & entwicklung, Tel.: +41 (0)61 261 47 42 | E-Mail:
Current members of the Roundtable:
a&e erlebnis:reisen, arbeitskreis tourismus & entwicklung (Working Group on Tourism and Development), Global Compact Network Germany, Forum anders reisen e.V., Gebeco, Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics, Hauser Exkursionen, ITB Berlin, Kate - ecology & development, Kuoni Travel, Naturefriends International, One World, Österreichische ReiseVerband (ÖRV), Studiosus, TourCert, Bread for the World - Tourism Watch, viventura.