We recognise that in the work we do we have a huge responsibility to ensure our actions consider society, culture and environment. We are very aware that in order to create a sustainable future we need to be extremely careful of our actions. As such as aim to ensure that our staff, clients, company and partners act in a responsible manner and be continually aware of their environment.
Read more below about our expectations of you and our policies which guide minimising and maximising our impact as applicable:
You will have a very immersive experience whilst away. Therefore, everyone taking part should be aware of and responsible for his or her own actions. It is very important to remember that we are visitors in a foreign culture and so cannot impose our standards and opinions on matters we only partially understand.
Be aware that donations should come through the office and should be in direct response to official requests from community members or groups. Random donations are not sustainable and create a feeling of ‘handouts’ that is not positive.
We spend 10-15% of our annual turnover on development projects, this is a large proportion of our income and reflects our keen desire for creating sustainable futures. The following are actions we take:
Negative impacts are generally created through lack of education or lack of respect. There are many things we can do to reduce these impacts such as learning about:
We focus on promoting sustainable development through responsible travel by providing opportunities for our staff and clients protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and contribute to economic development without having a negative impact on the communities they are working with. Below is listed some of our guiding principles:
We are constantly developing new and innovative solutions to tackle the challenges posed by climate change through exploration of sustainable ‘green’ options. Our environmental projects seek to protect the environment and help people use the resources they need without compromising them for future generations.
Everything we do is focused on culture. It is of paramount importance that our presence does not negatively impact on the cultural identity of our host countries. We strive to build a strong cultural awareness and respect among ourselves.
We ensure that visits to local culturally/historically significant places are incorporated into our trip programmes wherever possible.