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Human Rights matter – also in tourism

„All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.“
Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human rights issues become increasingly important in corporate governance. For many businesses in the tourist industry, it no longer matters whether but rather how they address their human rights responsibility. The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism supports companies in their effort to implement a strategy for human rights due diligence.


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Webinar 2 October 2019 start slide

Second Webinar is online

Watch our webinar on "How can tour operators assess human rights" from 2 October 2019. Register for our workshop on 22 October!

Workshop Utrecht 2019 Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism

Invitation: Workshop 22. October, Berlin

Join our free one-day workshop on "How can tour operators assess human rights impacts in their value chains?" - register now!

Webinar Blueprint Social Value Chain Assessment 2019

Please register: 2nd Webinar

Webinar II - How can tour operators assess human rights impacts in their value chains? 2 October 2019 from 10:00–11:00 am

Webinar Human Rights impact assessment August 2019

First Webinar is online

Watch our webinar on "How can tour operators assess human rights from 28 August 2019. Register for our webinar on 2 October!

Social Value Chain Assessment in Thailand/Myanmar

Social value-chain assessment in Thailand/Myanmar

The exemplary social value chain assessment will test the blueprint-tool on-site and provide tour operators with practical insight

Webinar Blueprint Social Value Chain Assessment 2019

Webinars: How can tour operators assess human rights impacts in their value chains?

Presentation of a step-by-step guidance through the process of a destination specific impact assessment: 28 August+ 2 October 2019

Blueprint Human Rights social value chain assessment

New Project: Support to assess human rights impacts along the tourism value chain

The Roundtable is developing an online “blueprint”-tool to conduct a value-chain based social risk assessment in a destination.

Equality in Tourism Symposium 27 June 2019 Utrecht

Symposium 2019, Utrecht

60 tourism experts attended the International Symposium 2019 "Human Rights in Practice: Equality in Tourism" in Utrecht.

Roundtable AGM 2019 Utrecht

AGM 28 June 2019

The Roundtable AGM 2019 took place on Friday, 28 June 2019 from 9:00 am to 13:30 pm at Social Impact Factory, Utrecht.

Roundtable Get Started Tool

Launch of Get Started Tool

The Roundtable Get Started Tool was successfully launched during ITB 2019. 

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Who we are

The Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism is a non-profit association under German law and an international multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights in tourism.
It provides incentives for enterprises, organisations and institutions that commit themselves to respect human rights in tourism according to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

What we do


processes of recognising human rights issues and responsibilities in the tourism sector and promotes human rights due diligence amongst tour operators


criteria and concepts in order to implement human rights responsibility according to the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, communicates them to the tourism industry and recommends them as guidelines


the implementation of human rights standards into the business practises of tour operators by creating access to good practice through dialogue and networking opportunities, valuable exchange and knowledge transfer


travellers, businesses, investors, educators, students and responsible politicians to respect human rights in tourism by raising awareness in the public and the media

"As the worldwide largest platform for the tourism industry it is our responsibility to care for human rights at home and in destinations. In the Roundtable we can exchange ideas with like-minded industry members and together increase our power of impact."

R. Jean-Francois — ITB Berlin

"We support tourism for sustainable development, with human rights being a central but under researched issue. As Roundtable founding member and part of the international network we appreciate the inspiration and knowledge that supports our daily work."

C. Kühhas – Naturefriends International

"The Austrian Travel Association (ÖRV) is committed to human rights responsibility and due diligence in tourism. Not only the travellers should feel well in the holiday countries, but also the hosts who live from and with tourism."

J. Peterleithner - OERV

"The Roundtable is an ideal platform to share good practices and challenges of implementing human rights issues in business operations. TourCert uses this exchange to support its certified members in taking concrete actions for human rights protection."

Martin Balas - TourCert