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Fischer am Strand die gemeinsam ein Netz aus dem Wasser ziehen
© Robert Wenzel

Tourism is characterized by complex and internationally interwoven value chains. At the same time, tourism is a widely unregulated economic sector. In order to attract investors or travellers, destinations outpace each other with low environmental and social standards – at the expense of nature and people. Therefore, it is urgently necessary, that businesses within the tourism industry perform environmental and human rights risk assessments to fulfil their due diligence and transparency obligations. We strive for binding rules on corporate responsibility and are engaged in independent sustainability certification schemes.

Europe: No more whitewashing

Bunt gestreifte Wand mit einem Mann davor
© Mario Gogh_unsplash

Baroque splendour makes Europe's metropolises a tourist magnet. What guests usually don't learn is that this prosperity is based on exploitation in the colonies.

Surf tourism worldwide

Zaun aus Surfbrettern
© Tatonomusic_unsplash

Travelling to surf becomes more and more popular. However, the way the sport is being practiced today is based on a colonial past whose power structures continue into the present.

Child protection in tourism

Sexual exploitation of children is a current and important issue. ECPAT Germany re-launched its online training for tourism professionals in English, German, and French.

The journey to climate neutrality

Strategien für eine Just Transition im Tourismus
© Thomas Lohnes

The Science Based Targets initiative shows companies, including tour operators how much and how fast they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Tourism at 48°C

Strand-Fales auf Samoa
© Susanne Becken

In many destinations, climate change puts the future of tourism at stake. Apart from mitigation, adaptation will be a major challenge.

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