Sustainability - the big buzzword of our time - is often associated primarily with environmental issues like plastic reduction or the ecological footprint. Tourism is a people's business that depends on the people who work in the industry and live in destinations. And every business activity, also in tourism, has an impact on human rights. Examples of this are land use for accommodations, allocation of scarce resources like water, or staff working conditions.
Whether these impacts are positive or negative strongly depends on the responsibility that individual companies take in fulfilling their human rights due diligence. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and other frameworks build the basis for businesses to identify, prevent and manage risks and infringements of human rights in their value chain.
On national levels, action plans for business and human rights (NAPs) and supply chain laws are drafted in various countries and will come into force within the following years. Also, investors, customers and employees increasingly expect companies to take an active role to act with human rights due diligence.
It is challenging to keep track in the jungle of possibilities and regulations, and dealing with human rights can be daunting.
This introductory webinar will help clarify what every tourism business can do to make travel socially responsible. It is explicitly targeted at small and medium-sized tour operators and tourism businesses and is intended for you to:
▪ understand your stake: be aware of human rights issues in your value chain
▪ see the benefit: be clear about the business case to respect human rights
▪ get started: know tools, resources and practical recommendations to implement suitable measures in your strategy and operations.
Jara Schreiber will not only present tools and offers and the work of the organisation – the webinar is also meant to be a virtual conversation hour for upcoming questions and recommendations.