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Global Compact Network Germany Welcomes World’s Leading Travel Trade Show’s Commitment to Human Rights

(7 March 2014, Berlin) – Today, ITB Berlin signed the Commitment on Human Rights in Tourism on the occasion of ITB CSR Day in Berlin. The Commitment was developed by the Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism as a management standard for the travel industry and was presented with guidelines for implementation.  Seven tour operators and one travel association signed the Commitment in October 2013. ITB Berlin is the first international travel trade show to publicly sign the Commitment.

The Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism was co-founded in 2012 by the Global Compact Network Germany, UN Global Compact participants Studiosus and Kuoni, as well as non-governmental organisations and other tour operators in the German-speaking region. Global Compact Network Germany has focused on the issue of business and human rights since 2008 and has developed a training course, publications and an online tool.

The common goal of the Roundtable is to develop and disseminate concepts for tourism businesses to meet their responsibility to human rights due diligence.  In addition to the development of the Commitment, an Implementation Guideline publication was launched with clear examples, simple checklists and a free online training tool.

“Having a strong commitment to social responsibility, ITB Berlin is happy to bring in its global networks for giving human rights a powerful platform,” explains Rika Jean-François, Commissioner of ITB Corporate Social Responsibility. Martin Buck, Vice President of Travel and Logistics at Messe Berlin added, “Humans are the very foundation for quality and business success in tourism – be it employees, workers of subcontractors or the local population at destinations. Hence, it is our duty as travel professionals to fight for their dignity on all levels.”

About the Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism
The Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism is an open platform to advance human rights in the travel and tourism industry. It provides incentives for enterprises, organisations and institutions that are campaigning for the respect of human rights in tourism. www.humanrights-in-tourism.net

Current Members of the Roundtable on Human Rights in Tourism
A&E erlebnis: reisen; arbeitskreis tourismus & entwicklung (Working Group on Tourism and Development); Global Compact Network Germany; Forum anders reisen e.V.; Gebeco; Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics; Hauser Exkursionen;  ITB Berlin; Kate - Ecology & Development;  Kuoni Travel; One World; Naturefriends International; Studiosus; TourCert; Bread for the World - Tourism Watch;  viventura

Contact

Gwendolyn Remmert
Global Compact Network Germany
gwendolyn.remmert@giz.de