TUI Group respects all internationally proclaimed human rights as specified in the International Bill of Human Rights and expects the same of our suppliers and business partners. Modern slavery and its components of forced labour and human trafficking are of particular concern given their egregious nature and increasing prevalence.
In accordance with applicable law, conventions and regulation TUI is committed to respecting human rights throughout its worldwide operations. We have a number of policies and initiatives in place to monitor, identify, mitigate and prevent human rights impacts in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and will take remedial action where necessary.
In September 2014, TUI signed up to the UN Global Compact, committing the Group to 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption. In 2012, TUI signed the UN World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Global Code of Ethics – further underlining our commitment to respecting human rights.
We have a working group on human rights, drawing on senior management from major departments across our business to help with the continuous process of analysing potential human rights risks. We also sit on the Boards of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Travelife, both of which are addressing these issues through sustainability certification standards.
TUI Group has a number of policies and procurement processes in place focused on the prevention of human rights violations and modern slavery.
- The Employee Code of Conduct commits us to respect and observe human rights. TUI Group employees are also encouraged to report any wrongdoing to the ’Speak Up’ Line.
- The Supplier Code of Conduct sets out the minimum standards we expect from suppliers. The code includes guidance on human rights and labour laws, bribery and corruption, environmental impacts and support for local communities.
- We have incorporated environmental and social requirements into contracts for our accommodation suppliers as well as other areas of procurement.
We require our hotel suppliers to implement credible sustainability third party certifications recognised or accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Schemes accredited and / or recognised by GSTC mandate the highest standards of human rights, child protection and social welfare in the tourism industry. The number of TUI customers staying in a
hotel certified to a GSTC-recognised standard grew to 9.2 million and the number of hotels with certification grew to 1,520.
A key focus is raising awareness of human rights across our business. In 2018 we continued to roll out bespoke training sessions and material on modern slavery, including a modern slavery video.
Over 4,600 TUI Destination Experiences colleagues completed child protection training in 2018. An e-learning module on modern slavery was developed and cascaded by Destination Experiences in 2018 and over 82 % of customer-facing colleagues have completed it. Airline crew in the UK and Nordics receive Vulnerable Children & Trafficking Training during their inductions, where they learn about how to spot trafficking and what to do. Other TUI airlines are in the process of rolling out similar trainings.
TUI Group supports a number of projects and partnerships to protect human rights in our destinations. We raise awareness of modern slavery at TUI hotel partner conferences and support Travelife with road shows. We co-organised hotelier seminars in Thailand with Travelife in April 2018 to discuss modern slavery and influence more hotels to reach sustainability certification standards.
TUI Care Foundation supports a number of projects which protect human rights. In 2018 the Foundation expanded the TUI Academy programme by launching one in Hue, Vietnam. The project is providing education and training to help young vulnerable street workers improve their lives, including providing 350 young people with vocational training. Some 180 street workers will take part in hospitality training in a social enterprise training restaurant being set up in Hue city.