MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHILE TRAVELING
Innovative business models driving impact at scale
The impact of traveling on cross-cultural understanding is inestimable, and tourism in emerging countries contributes a lot to the development of their economies.
Unfortunately, traveling is also responsible for a huge percentage of our carbon footprint, and we can’t continue to travel in the same way we did.
On this page, discover how innovative businesses are helping to make travel less harmful for the environment and to make sure tourism benefits the local population.
1) Reduce and compensate your carbon footprint
By offsetting, airlines can also be critized as this can be seen as a way to pay others to be allowed to keep polluting. Innovations in the airline industry is therefore critical for them to reduce their emissions, for example by using biofuels. The industry is also pumping in research and development into electric aircraft. Beside offsetting your trips, you can also prioritze companies which are working harder on reducing their carbon footprint. The Atmosfair Airline Index offers a comparison of airline’s carbon efficiency but its latest index is from 2018.
Every tonne of CO2 emitted by its fleet of 331 planes will be compensated by investing in programs to remove CO2 from the air – such as planting more trees. EasyJet has reduced the amount of carbon it emits by 1/3rd since 2000 by using more fuel efficient aircraft, loading planes to the maximum possible (average of 92.9% in 2019) and flying point-to-point routes. It has a few partnerships, for example with AIrbus, to research hybrid and electric aircraft.
Impact : Reducing e-waste, good working conditions for all people along the supply chain
Scale : EasyJet is Europe’s fifth biggest airlines with 96 million passengers in 2019
2) Choose experiences that benefit local communities
Traveling gives you an opportunity to have a positive impact on the communities in the country you visit. The number of platforms allowing you to find and book unique and authentic experiences with locals have mushroomed over the past few years. To name a few : Localalike, I-likelocal, Rutopia, Authenticitys (B Corp), Backstreet Academy, Better Places Travel (B Corp) or Grassroutes for trips in Indian villages. They usually commit to give 70 to 100% of what they earn to the locals. Check for the certification B Corp to ensure the authenticity of their commitment. The platform The Better Traveller, edited by the non profit Our Better World, offer also rich advice to support local social enterpreneurs while on the go in Asia.
Reality Tours & Travel
80% of the profits from the tours fund the company’s sister NGO Reality Gives which supports education programs for the slum and villages communities.
Impact : Education programs, increase tourists awareness and understanding about slums, boosting pride and self-esteem of locals, providing employment for locals
Scale : Impacted lives of over 6,000 people (2018), raised 450,000 $ in 10 years to support education programs
All aspects of the tours are crafted to boost the local economy (meals, accommodation, handicrafts, transport, experiences) and sometimes include visit of social enterprises created by their NGO arm Planeterra. An annual contribution also goes to Planeterra.
Impact : Job creation, education and health programs, infrastructure installation…
Scale : 34,400+ people in 2016 benefited from 50 social enterprises created by Planeterra. Planeterra created jobs for 1,529 women, trained 370 youth to the hospitality industry and engaged 888 community members in tourism in 2016.
3) Eat at restaurants and book accommodation that give back to a cause/the community
Fair Warung Balé
Fair Warung Balé restaurant gives back 100% of its profits to the Fair Future Foundation and its Free Health and Medical Care programs. 1 meal = 2 free medical treatments. Their profit also funded their pediatric hospital building opened in 2016.
Impact : Saving lifes, healing the sick and injured people
Scale : More than 30,000 people per year.
Unique ownership model : 50% owned by the community and 100% owned by the community association and affiliated Non profit TransCape. Mdumbi Backpackers supports staff members in running their own personal businesses (ex: Mama Nowethu’s bread, Mama Nosekile’s laundry service). Guests are welcome to visit TransCape’s projects.
Impact : Empowering the community with programs in education, health, livelihood and micro-finance.
Scale : 5 clinics, HIV awarenesss for 130,000 people, HIV testing for 5000 people, 200 children cured, educational resources to 1200 children, 240 businesses strated…
G Adventures offers authentic adventure tours in a responsible and sustainable manner. All aspects of the tours are crafted to boost the local economy (meals, accommodation, handicrafts, transport, experiences) and sometimes include visit of social enterprises created by their NGO arm Planeterra. An annual contribution also goes to Planeterra.
Visit.org is an online platform to nonprofits and community-based travel organisations be found by travelers.
Fair Warung Balé is a restaurant in the heart of Ubud, Bali. It gives back 100% of its profits to the Fair Future Foundation and its Free Health and Medical Care programs. 1 meal = 2 free medical treatments. Their profit also funded their pediatric hospital building.
Tours in slums and local villages in India. 80% of the profits from the tours fund the company’s sister NGO Reality Gives which supports education programs for the slum and villages communities.
What WE can do
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