Human Rights Assessments in the Tourism Sector

A data collection guide for practitioners

To meet their responsibility to respect human rights as per the United Nations (UN)Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, companies must proactively practise human rights due diligence and assess their impacts on people. A number of companies in the tourism sector have tested and used approaches to human rights impact assessments(HRIA)individually (e.g. human rights impact assessments by Kuoni)or in cooperation with others (e.g. sector-wide impact assessment in Myanmar).So far, there is no agreed upon standard methodology for conducting such assessments. Human rights as a subject area do not allow for the same level of standardisation as in the environmental sphere because of the qualitative nature of human rights impacts and the high dependency on the specific local context. That said, toensure that the data collected in the context of human rights impact assessments is comparable and the collection process follows accepted quality criteria, this guide aims to:provide guidance on data collection for practitioners conducting or evaluatinghuman rights impact assessments in tourism destinations (e.g. companies, consultancies and NGOs); and support the collection of comparable data in the context of company-led human rights impact assessments.

Tools / Guidelines / Training
Hamburger Stiftung für Wirtschaftsethik
31 pages
Human Rights Impact Assessment [HRIA]
Due Diligence
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UNGPs]