Human rights

ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS

 

ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES:  SUMMARY OF UNIVERSAL RIGHTS

Everybody has the right to access public services in their country such as education, healthcare, water and sanitation.

Everyone has the right to an education and this must be free and compulsory during the elementary stages.

HOW THIS APPLIES TO TRAVELIFE CERTIFIED MEMBERS

You must ensure your operations, including any building work or renovations, do not prevent your staff or your community from accessing basic services such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation.

Example:

Your water use reduces water availability elsewhere in your community or you undertake building work that disrupts access to a local medical clinic.

You must ensure that your operations do not prevent children from accessing education.

Example:

Promoting excursions visiting local schools that could disrupt classes, or working hours that prevent parents from taking their children to and from school.

SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS

UN Declaration 29 states that every human has a duty to protect the rights and freedoms of others.

HOW THIS APPLIES TO TRAVELIFE CERTIFIED MEMBERS

You should ensure your staff and suppliers understand the importance of respecting human rights.

Example:

You could provide human rights training to all new staff and include your human rights statement in your supplier communications.

You should take steps to prevent exploitation and discrimination at your hotel and in your community.

Example:

Training staff on how to identify and report instances of exploitation and discrimination.

Any essential services that you provide for your guests should also be available for local people if these services do not exist in your local community.

Example:

If you are in a remote location and provide a medical clinic for your staff, you must offer a similar service to locals.

You should use your influence as a business to try to educate people like suppliers, guests and community leaders about the importance of respecting human rights.

Example:

Publish your human rights policy and the work you have undertaken in this area in your public reports or add clauses to your supplier contracts that warrant that they will respect human rights.