Travel

Airplane | Credit: Solutek Aviacion

Includes domestic travel; ecotourism; guiding; travel information

Company

Required:

  • Business core purpose includes a “green” business function.
  • Social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business on website.

Services

Required:

  • Minimizes negative impact on environmental and cultural resources.
  • Builds environmental awareness and respect.
  • Empowers travelers to reduce their environmental impact through education on eco-friendly travel specific to location.
  • Uses or encourages low-impact lodging and has criteria and method for evaluation.
  • Provides resources on sustainable travel and destinations on website.
  • Recognizes and empowers the rights and spiritual beliefs of Indigenous People in host countries.
  • Raises sensitivity to host countries' political, cultural, and social climates.
  • Activities and behavior and respectful of local cultures.
  • Guides have been vetted and well-trained in line with company values.

Preferred:

  • Engages in traveler’s philanthropy to provide direct financial benefits for ecosystem conservation, community welfare and/or cultural resource conservation.
  • Tours use eco-friendly modes of transportation.

Company Employment:

Required:

  • Employees have access to family friendly benefits including high-quality health insurance, sick days, paid parental leave and childcare help.
  • Offer a flexible workplace culture that encourages work/life balance and makes reasonable accommodations for telecommuting and flex schedules.
  • Pays a wage that ensures employees well-being.
  • Has an established non-discrimination policy and procedure, and ensures an inclusive workplace culture.
  • Governs fairly and in a transparent manner. Is open to employee input. Has a whistle blower protection policy in place.

Preferred:

  • Living wage is paid.
  • Has an established program that invests in employee growth and development.

Education

Required:

  • Use transparent and truthful marketing.
  • Advocate for green business practices in your industry.
  • Established program for receiving input from both internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred:

  • Actively seeks feedback from industry peers and participates in industry associations and mentor programs.

Green Office/Facility

Required:

  • HVAC system well-maintained, building well-insulated, and smart and efficient climate control employed.
  • System in place for reducing electricity consumption from lighting and electronics.
  • Use of Energy Star rated appliances and CFL/LED light bulbs in office.
  • Use of 100% post-consumer recycled, Chlorine Free paper in the office and in all envelopes, marketing, and print materials.
  • Systems in place for reducing paper use such as electronic processes, printers set with double sided printing as the default, and more.
  • Use of only non-toxic cleaning and pest control products.
  • Maximum amount of waste is reused or recycled including paper, plastic, metals, glass, electronics, and printer ink cartridges.
  • Action on clean energy such as purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or use of on-site clean energy.
  • Compost all food waste (including from events).
  • Landscaping done with sustainability in mind, especially considering runoff and stormwater management.
  • Only fair trade and USDA certified organic coffee and tea served in the office.
  • Use of green or local caterers for events.
  • Use of a certified E-Steward for electronics recycling.