2023 | Symposium in Berlin

Key Factor Stakeholder Engagement:
Enhancing Positive Impacts on Human Rights in Tourism

27 November 2023, 1:00 pm – 06:30 pm CET
Bread for the World, Caroline-Michaelis Straße 1, 10115 Berlin, Germany

In tourism, your stakeholders are the heart of your business and need to be consulted and engaged regularly to ensure a responsible and high-quality product. Continuous dialogue with destination partners, obtaining supplier perspectives and stakeholder sensitization about their rights and possible human rights risks in the value chain are key for sustainable collaboration.

In an exchange-focused setting, the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism will elaborate practical ideas on how meaningful stakeholder engagement can be enhanced and strategically anchored to achieve “beneficial” due diligence adhering to the new legal frameworks. We will discuss the value of empowering suppliers beyond compliance for a positive impact on the tourism value chain. Join us for this half-day interactive journey.

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2022 | Online Symposium

"Human Rights and Climate Change: The Benefits of Linking Both Agendas in Tourism"

06 October 2022, 11:00 am – 02:30 pm CEST
Online (Zoom)

Corporate responses to climate change include a broad range of business decisions - all of them have the potential to impact human rights. At the same time, human rights due diligence has great potential to support effective climate-related decision-making.

This online event offers inputs around a human-rights-based approach to climate action in tourism through practical steps and shared experiences.


2022 I ITB Online Convention, "The Forgotten Majority, Informal Workers in Tourism"

 ECPATBrot für die WeltRoundtable Human Rights in Tourism and Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung organised a session at this year's Online ITB:

The Forgotten Majority – Informal Workers in Tourism

Informal workers are a crucial element of tourism worldwide and make up a majority of tourism employment. The session included experts’ inputs and good practice examples to showcase challenges and opportunities of respecting the human rights of informal workers. Video presentations showcased good practice examples on trainings in the informal economy.

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2021 | Online Symposium

"From Obligation to Aspiration: Supply Chain Laws and the Business Case of Putting People first. Due Diligence in the Tourism Value Chain"

22 September 2021, 10:00 am – 02:00 pm CEST
Online (Zoom)

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Since then, they are progressively integrated into policies and legal frameworks by an increasing number of governments. National supply chain laws and the discussion about regulation at EU level are leading to uncertainty among many companies about the obligations they will have to face.

This Symposium turned the gaze forward and built the business case for human rights due diligence in tourism, with or without legal obligations. 

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2020 |Online Symposium "Beyond the Crisis: How to create Social Benefit and Resilience in Tourism"

Our online Symposium "Beyond the Crisis: How to Create Social Benefit and Resilience in Tourism" on 28 September 2020 explored how a human rights-based approach can create social benefit and be a response to the specific challenges that Covid-19 reinforces. About 100 participants from more than 20 countries took part in this event. 

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2019 | Symposium "Equality in Tourism", Utrecht, Netherlands

Our International Symposium"Human Rights in Practice: Equality in Tourism" on 27 June 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands was attended by 60 tourism experts from various European countries. 

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2018 | Symposium "Tourism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", Vienna , Austria

On 28 June 2018, Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, in cooperation with its member Naturefriends International organised the International Symposium "Human Rights in Practice: Tourism and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" in Vienna, Austria, with 50 international participants from tour operators, governmental and non-governmental organisations, travel associations and other institutions to discuss how tourism businesses can practically contribute to respect for human rights and fulfilment of the SDGs with their activities and business relationships.

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2017 | Symposium "Human Rights in Tourism", Frankfurt, Germany

On 28 June 2017 the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism organized a one-day international conference on Human Rights in Tourism in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 40 international experts discussed on various aspects regarding the implementation of Human Rights due diligence.