Choosing responsible travel suppliers
Finding a travel company that�s truly green can be a bit
tricky these days. Many companies claim to be part of the
green movement, but for some, it's only lip-service, so
you�ve got to be sharp about sussing them out. Here�s a
list of 7 things
Sustainable Travel International (STI).
suggests you to look for � armed with this you�ll be able
to pick out the most sustainable company in any line-up.
7 ways to choose a responsible travel supplier
- Sustainability Policy.
- Look at the supplier�s marketing materials - what is their
environmental or sustainability policy? Is it obvious? Does
it take into consideration their environmental, economic
and socio-cultural impacts? Are they promoting their
sustainability policies and initiatives in their marketing
materials or on their website as part of their value
proposition? Do they offer a corporate responsibility or
- Environmental Conservation.
- How do their services or trips strengthen conservation
efforts in the places they operate? Do they foster a
respect for the environment, particularly in the areas
visited? Do they encourage their clients to do the same?
Do they conserve natural resources? What types of
renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water
conservation systems do they have in place?
- Local Economy
- How do they address the issue of fair trade? Do employees
receive fair wages and benefits? How do locals directly
or indirectly financially benefit from the supplier�s
operations? Is the business locally-owned and operated?
Or, does the supplier have a policy for subcontracting
- Sustainable Transportation
- How new are their vehicles or aircraft? In terms of fuel
economy, are MPG goals or speed control policies in place?
Do they use bio fuels or offer energy-efficient vehicles?
Is public transportation used on their trips? For example,
will your clients take trains or group taxis? Do their trips
involve bicycling or walking?
- Respect for Local Culture
- Does the supplier inform clients about the local
environments, social customs and traditions of the places
they visit? For example, do they encourage their clients
to ask permission before taking photographs, to dress a
certain way, to be respectful of local norms, or to adopt
local cultural practices?)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Does the supplier work toward cutting down on or
eliminating waste? What types of waste management policies
and systems do they have in place? Do they recycle? Do
they compost organic material?
- Food and Dining
- Where do they source food from? Is it locally produced
or organically grown? Will your clients be served
endangered species or are sustainably harvested foods
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