HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE ACCOMMODATION SECTOR
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS?
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that every human being is entitled to from when they are born until when they die. At Travelife, we expect our Members to follow the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR). It includes 30 essential rights that every human is entitled to. You can click here to read them in full and we have provided a summary of the most relevant areas for Travelife Members below.
The United Nations has also established special rights for children and indigenous peoples that Travelife Members are expected to respect. You can find more guidance for this in the Member Zone.
WHO DO THEY APPLY TO?
They apply to every human being but there are certain people that Travelife Members are expected to pay special attention to:
Your staff – permanent, temporary, part time, casual, full time and contracted
Your local community
Your suppliers and sub-contractors including the staff they employ
WHAT AREAS OF YOUR BUSINESS DO THEY COVER?
Respecting human rights and having fair labour conditions are an essential part of being a more sustainable business and you should treat this subject as seriously as your environmental work.
In terms of your Travelife Certification, you need to ensure you are respecting and protecting human rights in all of the following areas of your business:
General working conditions
Community engagement and support
Employment terms and conditions – especially wages, working hours, overtime and time off
Using aspects of local indigenous culture at your business such as art, entertainment, food etc.
Staff recruitment – either directly or through agencies
Your guests and staff – how they are treated and how they treat others
Staff career progression including training opportunities
Staff training about human rights and safeguarding children
Supplier and sub-contractors
Your internal reports
Your public policies and reports
THE HUMAN RIGHTS RELEVANT TO TRAVELIFE CERTIFICATION
We expect every Travelife Member to respect all 30 of the rights set out in the UN Declaration, however some of them are specifically covered in the Travelife Standard so you will need to provide evidence that you comply with them in order to be Travelife Certified.