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The Resource Center provides an overview of existing tools, databases and further resources on Human Rights in general, and with focus on tourism. 

The Roundtable also developed implementation guidelines and Online Trainings.

If you know further resources, please let us know and we are glad to add them. 

Equality in Tourism - Ensuring Women have a voice in global tourism.

fairunterwegs (akte - Arbeitskreis Tourismus und Entwicklung).

Global Sustainable Tourism Dashboard - provides a broader insight into how tourism is contributing to key sustainability goals. The Dashboard incorporates a set of indicators (UNWTO; WTTC; GRI; ETIS etc) that provide valuable information on progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.

International Tourism Partnership (ITP) - information on human trafficking and fair labour standards as they are of particular concern to the hotel sector.

Just Tourism - website to identify and choose hotel businesses that respect workers’ rights.

Lokal Travel - the website can be consulted to find interesting partners in specific countries: “We seek out travel providers that support local livelihoods, celebrate cultural traditions, preserve historical sites and love to share their passion and local knowledge with travellers.”

Naturfreunde Internationale –

Responsible Travel: Various volunteering guides outlining related issues by volunteering type and destination.


Tourism 2030 - an independent portal which brings together the global community of people and organisations working for making tourism more sustainable.

Travel Foundation - Resources Hub.

Travindy - Travindy tells the stories of sustainable tourism.

Travindy / Tourism Concern Archive - All of Tourism Concern's reports, ethical dilemmas, online annual reports, and back issues of the In Focus magazine can now be found at Travindy. The content is free for anyone to use, share or copy.


Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) - tourism

Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) - The MRTI is a non-profit organisation aiming to support responsible tourism development in Myanmar through knowledge sharing, training, and research.

Amnesty International Country

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC).

Child Labour: sectors and topics (ILO - IPEC) - providing in-depth information and resources on several sectors and topics of child labour as well as issues that compound the problem.


Human Rights and Business Country Guides (DIHR).

Human Rights Watch World Report - country profiles.

ILO Information System on International Labour Standards - country profiles.

Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform).

National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights (DIHR).

Nomogaia Corporate HRIAs - a list of publicly available Corporate HRIAs from different sectors.

Survival International - the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.

U.S. Department of State Human Rights Reports - country reports.

EarthRights International and SOMO - Information on community-driven grievance mechanism, designed by affected communities and NGOs.


Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

Global Business Inititative - Business Practice Portal

Modern Slavery Registry - The UK Modern Slavery Act requires commercial organisations that operate in the UK and have an annual turnover above £36m to produce a statement setting out the steps they are taking to address and prevent the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. This is a central registry that hosts all modern slavery statements centrally.

Companies / Case studies:

Tourism Impact Assessment Zanzibar (UNICEF / Bureau Wyser, 2018) - Assessment of the impact of tourism on communities and children in Zanzibar.

Tui Group Modern Slavery Statement 2017 - outlining its human rights strategy and responding to the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Children and the hotel industry in Mexico (UNICEF, 2017) - Taking action to protect, respect and support children’s rights.

Responsible banking in practice - Human Rights Report 2016 (ABN AMRO) - How the Dutch bank ABN AMRO identified its salient human rights issues.

Assessing the total impact of tourism (The Travel Foundation, TUI Group & pwc, 2015).

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) - Tourism Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) 2015. The Myanmar Tourism SWIA puts detailed information on potential impacts of the sector into the public domain for uptake and use by a wide range of audiences.

Assessing Human Rights Impacts in India (Kuoni, 2014).

Assessing Human Rights Impacts in Kenya (Kuoni, 2012).

Human rights due diligence at Studiosus - National CSR Forum: Studiosus case study (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Germany, in German only).

Porter Policy Hauser Exkursionen (only in German).

TUI Travel PLC Suppliers Code of Conduct - available in various languages.

Human Rights Assessments in the Tourism Sector - A data collection guide for practitioners (inatour, Hamburger Stiftung für Wirtschaftsethik, twentyfifty, 2017).

Destination mutual benefit: A guide to inclusive Business in Tourism (Endeva, 2015).

don't look away portal (ECPAT) - to report incidences of sexual exploitation of children in tourism:

How do tourism service buyers list their requirements in contracts? (Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI)) - describing how tour operators include relevant clauses / requirements (including human rights and labour issues) in their contracts with suppliers.

Indigenous people and the travel industry: global good practice guidelines (G Adventures Responsible travel).

Know How Guide - Human Rights & the Hotel Industry (International Tourism Partnership (ITP)).

Tourism Value Chain Risk Assessment (Hamburger Institut für Wirtschaftsethik).


ECPAT-learning - e-learning on how to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism: free e-learning course for ethically responsible tourism experts.

E-learnings of The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (The Code). (members only)

Eyes Open Training Video (IATA, 2018) - training video against human trafficking and other resources for staff training.

Human trafficking and the transportation industry (Polaris).

ReThink Orphanages (Better Care Network) - including a number of short videos and documentaries outlining the potential harm that can be caused by international volunteering in residential care centers.

Risks of Modern Slavery in the Hotel Sector (International Tourism Partnership (ITP) 2019).- publicly available online training module made by and for the hotel industry focusing on risks in the labour supply chain: key services, in particular human resources, procurement and legal, specifically targeting the recruitment of staff or contractors to work in hotels. Three modules covering: what is modern slavery, identifying risks in operations and supply chain, and providing real-life case studies to underpin the learnings.

“Serious Game!” (ECPAT) - This tool uses an effective, interactive and entertaining methodology to introduce the topic of sexual exploitation of children to tourism professionals and students.

SME Tourism Training Tools (ILO) - A low cost, easy to implement training programme for micro and small enterprises in the tourism value-chain. Practical training tools for use in low resource, low capacity settings. (watch an overview about the project in this small video)

Travel Foundation Training Platform - online training platform for stakeholders across the travel industry – governments, tour operators, travel agents and travel associations.

Guidance for companies on grievance mechanisms (Global Compact Network Germany, 2019; available in German & English):

Human Rights Policy Tool (BSR/Business Call to Action, 2018) - the tool contains a checklist, examples and a template to develop a human rights policy.

Doing business with respect for human rights - Practical advice, experiences and insights to help companies respect human rights (Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift, 2016).

Assessing the effectiveness of company grievance mechanisms (CSR Europe, 2013):

Respecting Human Rights – An introductory guide for business (Global Compact Network Germany, 2013).

A Guide for Business. How to Develop a Human Rights Policy (UN Global Compact, 2011).

Designing effective human rights training aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Global Compact).

Exemplary Human Rights Self-Assessment Questionnaire for Suppliers (BSR/Business Call to Action).

Gender-based violence in global supply chains - Resource Kit (International Training Centre ILO and FairWear).

Guiding Businesses in Human Rights (NomoGaia).

Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum (UN Global Compact and Verisk Maplecroft).

UNGP Reporting Framework - the world’s first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on how they respect human rights.

Wageindicator - Minimum Wages / Decent work check per country

5 steps towards managing the human rights impacts of your business - getting started with human rights due diligence (Global Compact Network Germany).

Human rights risk and impact assessment:

Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts - Perspectives from corporate practice (Global Compact Network Germany).

CSR Risk Check - This platform was developed to help companies start to identify and address Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) risks in their business activities and supply chains. The CSR Risk Check provides a short test to identify those risks.

Human Rights Impact Assessment - Guidance and Toolbox (DIHR).

Do No Harm toolkit (CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, 2017) - developed for businesses, not-for-profit and government organisations that directly or indirectly supply goods or services to the tourism, travel and hospitality industries. The practical examples and case studies in this report are based on field experiences from Myanmar. The toolkit is also intended to be relevant to other nations undergoing significant periods of political or economic transition and aims to contribute to the responsible and inclusive growth of the tourism sector.

Children's rights:

Child safe movement - list of national hotlines & websites in various countries to report any form of child abuse or child in danger:

eLearning tools on child labour (ILO).

UNICEF Child Rights and Business Atlas - the Atlas is a comprehensive tool for identifying human rights related business risks and impacts in a specific country. Each country is given a score, indicating the level of need for company based human rights engagement in it. In addition to the score, the Atlas provides a general overview of potential human rights risks for companies in specific countries.

UNICEF Child safeguarding toolkit (2018).

UNICEF Tools on Children's Rights for

Modern Slavery:

RightsDD - a modern slavery due diligence platform which helps companies identify slavery risks within their own business operations and supply chains, manage remediation and report. The tool is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and combines quantitative and qualitative data to provide comprehensive risk assessments. There will be a free version from beginning of 2020.

Stronger together - toolkits / trainings / posters / videos on modern slavery.

From Volunteering to Voluntourism. Challenges for the reponsible development of a growing trend (Tourism Watch, Brot für die Welt, AKTE, ECPAT, 2018).

SympathieMagazin Menschenrechte verstehen (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V., 2016).

Guidelines for Sustainable Excursions targeted for procurement and sales functions (Kuoni, 2015):

The impacts of all-inclusive hotels onworking conditions and labour rightsin Barbados, Kenya & Tenerife (Tourism Concern, 2014).

SympathieMagazin Kinderrechte verstehen (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V., 2008).

Labour standards, social responsibility and tourism (Tourism Concern, 2004).

Blickfang - Fotografieren auf Reisen (Studiosus - in German only).

Comunity-based Tourism in Flores: Impacts and Carrying Capacity (WISATA / Swisscontact).


Travel Foundation - Counselling: The Travel Foundation works with tourism businesses and destination authorities to enable them to change the way that they work, so that tourism has a more positive impact on local communities and the environment.

Wild Asia - a Malaysian-based social enterprises providing counselling on sustainable tourism.


NAP Helpdesk Germany - the German Government's helpdesk that provides individual advise to companies on the implementation of the National Action Plan on business and human rights and their human rights due diligence.

ILO Helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards - the one-stop shop for company managers and workers on how to better align business operations with international labour standards and build good industrial relations.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) GSTC manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, and acts as the international accreditation body for sustainable tourism certification.

SA8000® Standard - The SA8000® Standardis the leading social certification standard for factories and organizations across the globe. It was established by Social Accountability International in 1997 as a multi-stakeholder initiative. Over the years, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organizations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers across industries and in any country.

TourCert - TourCert provides certification and awards the TourCert label for sustainability and corporate responsibility in tourism. As a starting point, TourCert also awards the TourCert Check.

Travelife for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies - Travelife for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies is a leading training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reaching sustainability.

Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations - Travelife for Hotels & Accommodations is an international sustainability certification scheme. It helps its 1,300 hotel members around the world improve their environmental, social and economic impacts cost-effectively. Hotels that meet the Travelife standard are formally recognised with a Travelife award to promote their achievements.

Sustainability in tourism - A guide through the label jungle (2016) (arbeitskreis tourismus & entwicklung, ECOTRANS e.V., Bread for the World – Tourism Watch, Naturefriends International). Sustainability in tourism - A guide through the label jungle

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark CHRB - The 2018 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 101 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on a set of human rights indicators.

Global Living Wage Coalition - map to select a regional living wage, or view benchmark reports by country.

GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Standard -

Global Slavery Index - The Global Slavery Index provides a country by country ranking of the number of people in modern slavery, as well as an analysis of the actions governments are taking to respond, and the factors that make people vulnerable.

ITUC Global Rights Index - The ITUC Global Rights Index depicts the world’s worst countries for workers by rating 139 countries on a scale from 1-5 based on the degree of respect for workers’ rights.

UN Global Compact - How to submit a Communication on Progress CoP):

UNGP Reporting Framework - the world’s first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on how they respect human rights.