Whether due to the awareness of clients, investors or critical media, businesses are increasingly confronted with the question of how they can respect human rights when carrying out their business activities. Human rights issues are not only significant in the international political arena and for public awareness, but are also becoming increasingly important in corporate governance.

The aim of every tour operator must be to respect human rights and promote their implementation within their scope of their individual options.

It is important therefore that a tourism business is familiar with the connections of their own economic activities and supply chains with various aspects for human rights. This is, where the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism acts.

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism is organised as an incorporated non-profit association under German law since October 2016. 
It is funded primarily by membership fees and donations and is allowed to issue donation receipts to be set off against tax liability.

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 a voluntary basis. Details on the working methods and decision-making processes, as well as on membership and guest status, are described in our Statutes and Bylaws.

We are the most impactful multi-stakeholder initiative to promote the rights of people in tourism.

Through cooperation we build a trusted network of different stakeholders in tourism.
We provide access to expertise, initiate pilot projects and develop learning materials.
We support the implementation of human rights due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles within tourism companies, the supply chain and in destinations.

Our members benefit from a range of offers and services:

Network, Coordination & Support

  • Biggest sector dialogue platform in the tourism industry bringing together different stakeholders, offering a broad network
  • High level of recognition and credibility (mentioned in NAP Germany, invited to political panels, discussions and consultancies …)
  • Internationality
  • Impact-orientation
  • Demand-led initiative: open for members’ demands and needs
  • Head office for contact, assistance, planning and information

Knowledge Exchange

  • Common approach towards the complex area of human rights
  • Knowledge sharing beyond competition, acting as partners and contributing unique knowledge towards the same goal, Peer-to-peer learning
  • Inclusion of multiple perspectives, use of interdependencies: sharing individual concerns and commonly work/joint interaction towards the practical implementation of human rights due diligence on the tourism sector
  • Collection of information, guidelines, manuals, tools and literature
  • Working groups on relevant topics (open for proposals from members)

Joint Projects & Funding

  • Initiation of pilot projects
  • Support in funding acquisition / project proposals
  • Contact to relevant institutions (GIZ, EDA, SECO etc.)

Information and Services

  • Annual General Meeting (possibility to get involved in strategic planning, run for board membership and meet personally)
  • Annual Symposium
  • Regular Member Mailings and Exchange Sessions
  • E-Learnings
  • Website with Login-Area: access to documentations,minutes and working group documents
Board of Directors
Chairwoman Petra Thomas
  forum anders reisen e.V.
Vice-Chair Antje Monshausen
  Brot für die Welt
Board Members  
  Hazel Chan
  Jon A. Florin
  Rika Jean-Francois
  ITB Berlin
  Jeny Pokharel
  Sasane Sisterhood Trekking & Travel
  Tony Reyhanloo
  Studiosus Reisen 
Statutes and Bylaws