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Symposium "Equality in Tourism", 27 June 2019, Utrecht

Human Rights matter – also in tourism

„All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.“
Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human rights issues become increasingly important in corporate governance. For many businesses in the tourist industry, it no longer matters whether but rather how they address their human rights responsibility. The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism supports companies in their effort to implement a strategy for human rights due diligence.


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Blueprint Project Phases Human Rights Impact Assessment

New Project: Support to assess human rights impacts along the tourism value chain

The Roundtable is developing an exemplary and practice-oriented online “blueprint”-tool for tour operators on how to conduct a value-chain based social risk assessment in a destination. The tool trains and guides companies through the process of the human rights impact assessment (HRIA) methodology.

Blueprint Project Phases Human Rights Impact Assessment

New project: Supporting the assessment of human rights risks along the value chain

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is conducting a project that aims on the one hand to develop an exemplary and practice-oriented “blueprint” for a human rights impact assessment (HRIA) and on the other hand to train and guide companies through the process

Equality in Tourism Symposium 27 June 2019 Utrecht

Symposium 2019, Utrecht

60 tourism experts attended our Symposium 2019 "Human Rights in Practice: Equality in Tourism" in Utrecht. Documentation follows.

Roundtable AGM 2019 Utrecht

AGM 28 June 2019

The Roundtable AGM 2019 took place on Friday, 28 June 2019 from 9:00 am to 13:30 pm at Social Impact Factory, Utrecht.

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Launch of Get Started Tool

The Roundtable Get Started Tool was successfully launched during ITB 2019. 

Roundtable ITB Panel 2019

ITB 2019 - Panel Human Rights in Practice

The Roundtable held a panel discussion on Working Conditions in Tourism on 6 March 2019 at ITB.

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International Symposium Vienna 2018

On 28 June 2018 our Symposium "Human Rights in Practice: Tourism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" took place.

Roundtable Panel 2018

Roundtable at ITB 2018

The Roundtable had an information desk and hosted a panel on land resources and the rights of coastal fishing communities.


Open letter to UNWTO regarding Draft Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics

The Roundtable expressed concern about the transformation the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism into an international convention.

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism Conference Frankfurt 2017

International Conference 2017 Frankfurt

On 28 June 2017 the Roundtable held an international conference in Frankfurt. A documentation and the presentations are available.

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Who we are

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism is a non-profit association under German law and an international multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights in tourism.
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.

What we do


processes of recognising human rights issues and responsibilities in the tourism sector and promotes human rights due diligence amongst tour operators


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


the implementation of human rights standards into the business practises of tour operators by creating access to good practice through dialogue and networking opportunities, valuable exchange and knowledge transfer


travellers, businesses, investors, educators, students and responsible politicians to respect human rights in tourism by raising awareness in the public and the media

"As the worldwide largest platform for the tourism industry it is our responsibility to care for human rights at home and in destinations. In the Roundtable we can exchange ideas with like-minded industry members and together increase our power of impact."

R. Jean-Francois — ITB Berlin

"We support tourism for sustainable development, with human rights being a central but under researched issue. As Roundtable founding member and part of the international network we appreciate the inspiration and knowledge that supports our daily work."

C. Kühhas – Naturefriends International

"The Austrian Travel Association (ÖRV) is committed to human rights responsibility and due diligence in tourism. Not only the travellers should feel well in the holiday countries, but also the hosts who live from and with tourism."

J. Peterleithner - OERV

"The Roundtable is an ideal platform to share good practices and challenges of implementing human rights issues in business operations. TourCert uses this exchange to support its certified members in taking concrete actions for human rights protection."

Martin Balas - TourCert