About us

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism e.V. is a non-profit association under German law and an international multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights. It provides incentives for enterprises, organisations and institutions that commit themselves to respect human rights in tourism according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

It is funded primarily by membership fees and donations. The supreme body is the General Assembly. Once a year, the members meet to discuss their work priorities and activities. These resolutions form the basis for the seven-member Executive Board. It is elected every two years by the General Assembly and is active on an voluntary basis.

Participation is open to all tourism businesses, travel associations, NGOs and all industry participants that identify with and commit themselves to the principles of the Roundtable.

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The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism

  • initiates processes of recognising human rights issues and responsibilities in the tourism sector and promotes human rights due diligence amongst tour operators;
  • develops criteria and concepts in order to implement human rights responsibility according to the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, communicates them to the tourism industry and recommends them as guidelines;
  • supports the implementation of human rights standards into the business practises of tour operators by providing information and materials and by creating access to good practice through dialogue and networking opportunities, valuable exchange and knowledge transfer;
  • encourages travellers, businesses, investors, educators, students and responsible politicians to respect human rights in tourism by raising awareness in the public and the media.


Founding history:

In 2012, on the initiative and moderation of TourCert, the following tourism companies and non-governmental organizations have joined forces to form the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism: akte - Working Group on Tourism and Development (Basel), the German Global Compact Network (Berlin), the Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics (Hamburg) Kate - Ecology and Development (Stuttgart), Kuoni Reisen AG (Zurich), Naturefriends International (Vienna), Studiosus Reisen München (Munich), TourCert (Stuttgart), TourismWatch / Bread for the World (Berlin). Since October 2015, the Roundtable is organised as a non-profit organization.

Other members have joined us since then.

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