Resource Center

The Resource Center provides existing studies, websites, tools, databases and further information on Human Rights in general, and with focus on tourism. 

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Introduction to Just Transition

A Business Brief

Confronting the climate crisis requires decisive and coherent action. The Business Brief provides an introduction to the role of business in ensuring a just transition for all, covering just transition’s foundation and meaning, priority actions for businesses, relevant areas of work and the business case. Moreover, it outlines seven priority actions to help all companies understand the principles, identify gaps in current practices and generate ideas for improving alignment.
United Nations Global Compact
Climate Change
30 pages

Is your business child safe?


No matter where we are in the world, we each have a responsibility towards children, especially in protecting from exploitation and abuse. This tool is designed to support businesses in the travel and tourism and ICT industry in assessing and understanding risks in relation to child sexual exploitation and/or trafficking and in taking action to protect children. It focuses specifically on the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in relation to travel and tourism.
The Code
Children's Rights
Risk Assessment

Kinderrechte im Fokus - Den Neustart des Tourismus gestalten

Strategien zur Förderung von Kinderrechten für Reiseunternehmen

Kinder sind im Tourismus allgegenwärtig – insbesondere bei Reisen in Länder Afrikas, Asiens und Lateinamerikas. Es ist wichtig, sowohl die Risiken für Kinder in den Destinationen zu verstehen als auch die sich wandelnden Reisetrends gezielt in den Blick zu nehmen ohne dabei die bereits existierenden Risiken aus dem Auge zu verlieren. Diese Publikation gibt Reiseunternehmen Hintergrundinformationen und Maßnahmen an die Hand, um Minderjährige entlang der Wertschöpfungskette zu schützen.
ECPAT Deutschland
Bread for the World
Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism
Children's Rights
Due Diligence
31 pages

Myanmar enhanced due diligence sectoral assessment

Findings and considerations from the assessment on business and human rights for the garment sector in Myanmar

This report provides the findings of a sectoral assessment of the context and current situation with respect to responsible business conduct, and specifically human rights, linked to the export-oriented garment sector in Myanmar. Focusing on human rights risks linked to the Myanmar garment sector value chain exporting to Europe and the United Kingdom, the assessment covers the period following the military coup d’état, i.e. 1 February 2021 to July 2022.
Due Diligence Design
Due Diligence
Impact Assessment
142 pages

National Baseline Assessment

Beitrag zur Fortschreibung des Nationalen Aktionsplans Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte

Das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte (DIMR) wurde 2021 vom Auswärtigen Amt beauftragt, ein National Baseline Assessment (NBA) für die Fortschreibung des Nationalen Aktionsplans Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte (NAP) zu erstellen und Vorschläge für die Ausgestaltung der Fortschreibung des NAPs zu entwickeln. Die Analyse zeichnet ein Bild vom Umsetzungsstand der UNGPs in Deutschland, benennt Umsetzungsdefizite in Form von Prüfaufträgen und gibt konkrete Empfehlungen zur Fortschreibung des NAP.
Wündsch M.
Windfuhr M.
National Action Plan
72 pages

Native Land


Native Land is an app to help map Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages in a way that goes beyond colonial ways of thinking and changes, challenges, and improves the way people see history and the present day. The platform provides educational resources to correct the way that people speak about colonialism and indigeneity, and to encourage territory awareness in everyday speech and action.
Native Land Digital
Indigenous Peoples / Minorities Rights
Community Impact
Tourism Development

Nature Handbook for Business: Tourism Sector


Get Nature Positive provides access to the latest news, updates, partners, and exclusive events to help businesses on their way towards a nature positive approach that puts nature and biodiversity gain at the heart of decision-making. By joining the journey, businesses can demonstrate the business community’s collective focus on protecting and restoring nature. The campaign and Nature Handbook have been developed to prompt leaders to take urgent and decisive nature positive action.
Council for Sustainable Business [CSB]
Tourism Development

One Step at a Time: Creating Workforce Equity for Porters


The article highlights that treks like the Inca Trail and expeditions in the Himalayas have long been subject to inequity, mistreatment, and gender inequality. Being inconceivable without porters, these treks involve porters being mistreated and exploited. To address this issue, the author provides insights on what's being done to create equitable conditions—and how tourists can make a positive impact.
de Jesus
M. M.
Labour Rights
Consumer Awareness

Preventing exploitation of temporary migrant workers – what can your hotel do?


Temporary labour is vital within the hospitality industry and provides new prospects for job seekers, but it can leave some people vulnerable. The article sheds light on the topic of preventing exploitation of temporary migrant workers and provides guidance on steps hotels can take to address risks when recruiting temporary workers. Finally, it covers five recommendations made by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and links additional resources on taking action for hotels.
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance
Migrant Workers
Labour Rights
Modern Slavery

Preventing the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (GARA)

The tourism sector plays a fundamental role in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and tour guides can be key allies. The Regional Action Group of the Americas for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism (GARA) created a tool to strengthen the capacities of tour guides to protect children. It provides them with actionable guidelines for preventing, identifying, and reporting suspected situations of sexual exploitation and/or child labour.
Regional Action Group of the Americas for the prevention of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism [GARA]
Children's Rights
Sexual Exploitation/Sexual Harassment
Due Diligence
6 pages

Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Gender Snapshot 2022

The Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2022 presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 goals, calling out the long road ahead to achieve gender equality. The report shows that the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. COVID-19 and the backlash against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are further diminishing the outlook for gender equality.
UN Women
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]
Women's Rights/Women Empowerment
31 pages

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937

Companies play a key role in advancing the green transition and protecting human rights. They are required to identify and prevent, end or mitigate adverse impacts of their activities on human rights, such as child labour and exploitation of workers, and on the environment. The proposal adopted by the European Commission aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains.
European Commission
Due Diligence
70 pages

Rebuilding tourism in Asia-Pacific: A more conscious traveller?

Covid-19 has changed travel in many ways. This report by Economist Impact, and sponsored by Airbnb, explores the recovery of tourism in the Asia-Pacific region. It looks at ways in which travel could change with the rise of the conscious traveller. It is based on extensive desk research and a survey of more than 4,500 travellers from across the region.
The Economist Group
Consumer Awareness
Stakeholder Engagement
22 pages

Resilience Analysis Guideline for Tourism Destinations

Introducing key concepts and methodological steps to analyse destination resilience

Forming part of the wider collaboration between Futouris and the German Committee for Disaster Reduction, the guideline introduces conceptual ideas, key terms and underlying concepts about resilience in tourism destinations. Consisting of five steps, the guideline provides hands-on examples from pilot destinations in the Dominican Republic, Namibia and Sri Lanka. Moreover, good practice methodologies and advice on how to implement the steps in practice are provided.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit [GIZ]
Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge [DKKV]
Crisis Management
52 pages

Responsible business conduct and the tourism industry in Vietnam

Guidance for Companies

Tourism plays an important role in Vietnam’s economy by creating jobs, infrastructure and market opportunities. As Vietnam’s tourism industry expands, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry have partnered to produce guidance for companies operating in the tourism industry in Vietnam. The guidance aims to strengthen business capability and equip future business leaders to promote responsible business conduct and respect for human rights in Vietnam.
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Due Diligence
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UNGPs]
63 pages

Rethinking Tourism: From Crisis to Transformation: World Tourism Day 2022 Report

World Tourism Day 2022 came at a pivotal moment for the sector. Tourism’s relevance has never been clearer. The time is now to seize this opportunity to rethink and transform tourism and also to rethink how to communicate the transformation. This Report is designed to examine the work of UNWTO as it leads the global tourism sector out of crisis and into the future. It provides an overview of key work in each global region and both the economic and the social impact of travel restrictions.
World Tourism Organization [UNWTO]
Crisis Management
Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]
59 pages

Roadmap on Living Wages

A Platform to Secure Living Wages in Supply Chains

The Roadmap on Living Wages is a platform that works to strengthen international alignment and to build tangible solutions regarding living wage. The Roadmap is a joint effort of companies, international and sustainability organizations interested in advancing living wage efforts. So far, this resulted in the realization of several tools that can be used by companies to support efforts to closing living wage gaps.
The Sustainable Trade Initiative
Labour Rights
Supply Chain
Living Wage

Science-based climate targets as the basis for a corporate climate strategy

Discussion Paper

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time and is now more than ever a major concern in the global economy. The discussion paper provides context and covers challenges and questions related to science-based climate targets as the basis for a corporate climate strategy.
UN Global Compact Network Germany
Climate Change
24 pages

Seeing Hope: A Visual Communications Guide for Human Rights


This guide is part of Reimagining Human Rights, a project by Fine Acts and hope-based comms, supported by Open Society Foundations. For the project, 40 artists from around the world were commissioned to create new work, reimagining how we envision, speak about and visualise human rights. All the artworks in this guide are published under an open license and are free to use and adapt non-commercially.
Thomas Coombes
Consumer Awareness

Sustainability Reporting and Human Rights

What can big data analysis tell us about corporate respect for human rights?

One of the weak points of human rights management in companies continues to be a lack of transparency and communication of their efforts, progress, outcomes and challenges. To address these challenges, DIHR developed a project which aimed to use algorithm assisted analysis of a large number of company reports maintained in the GRI Sustainability Disclosure Database against a set of human rights indicators. This paper sets out the methodology used, the challenges and limitations encountered.
Danish Institute for Human Rights [DIHR]
Due Diligence
UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights [UNGPs]
30 pages