Our commitment with sustainability and the environment
Our sustainability mission is to maximize the positive impacts of our trips, minimize and compensate for the negative impacts, both in terms of internal office management, logistics of our trips, suppliers selection and the sensibilization of our clients, by providing immersive and inspiring trips in a responsibly sustainable way, which promotes the value and the conservation of both natural and human, material and immaterial heritage.
Travelling has an impact like every other human action, we can’t help that. Nevertheless, what we can do is working on making this impact as positive as possible and compensate for the negative aspects.
Being active tourism our core business, S-Cape’s products are characteristically sustainable. Yet, even active tourism has an impact, sometimes transport is used in our trips and not all programs (especially groups) are walking and cycling ones.
Sustainability is a priority to us, it’s like caring about your own home. We feel responsible for the world we live in, for contributing to safeguard the environment we live in, to grant and develop equal rights for all humans and cultures on earth, to an economic system that creates value and equally distributes it and at the same time safeguards the resources it is based on, in order for the future generations to inherit and evolve them.
We have always worked on sustainability and paid attention on limiting the negative impact of our trips, yet what we were lacking was a systematic approach based on the process “plan, implement, check”.
By joining the TraveLife program, we have implemented a systematic process, which shall receive approval by an external, accredited company.
Each S-Cape office in Europe has created a sustainability team of 1-2 persons and has appointed a sustainability coordinator, who invest time every week to improve the sustainability performance of the company.
S-Cape is now working on the “TraveLife Partner” label (committed to sustainability). The next goal will be accomplishing the “TraveLife Certified” label (excellence in sustainability). In general, we aim to always improve our sustainability performance. It will be a gradual work that we will carry out by setting goals, implementing and revising strategies and actions.
By means of the present policy, we have committed ourselves to:
Sustainability Managemente and Legal Compliance
Having a trained sustainability coordinator and sustainability team;
Networking and sharing experiences, training materials and best practices about sustainability with our partners;
Supporting local/national sustainability initiatives (nature protection / community development projects);
Creating and implementing an evaluation method of the sustainability performance of our suppliers;
Having a sustainability mission, policy and action plan to guide us and which identify long/medium/short term goals and how to achieve them;
Implementing an evaluation system to monitor the goals’ achievement.
Social Policy and Human Rights
Creating specific role descriptions and company general goals and providing fair working conditions, training and development that match the role of each member of staff;
Regularly measuring employee satisfaction.
Reducing disposable and consumable goods, reducing waste and scrupulously differentiating it;
Reducing paper use to what is compulsory by law or strictly necessary,
Using recycled paper for all printed materials in the office;
Making use of green cleaning materials;
Gradually migrating to a sustainable energy supplier;
Monitoring energy consumption and implementing ways to reduce it (e.g. giving preference to low energy equipment when possible, using a switch-off computer system etc...);
Using recyclable toners and biodegradable ink;
Training all members of staff regarding sustainability and issuing sustainability guidelines, having in mind the 3 objectives: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle;
Introducing a staff travel policy and employee incentives to promote the use of green transport/reduce transport;
Calculating and gradually compensating for the carbon emissions of our business travels (to be gradually implemented in the years 2021 to 2025).
Applying sustainability criteria in the purchase of our merchandising products;
Gradually replacing printed paper with digital platforms where the travel information is available to our clients (App, digital tracks, PDF documents, etc...)
Holiday packages and communication – transport, accommodation, activities and tour leaders
In designing our itineraries and planning logistics, minimizing the use of private transport, promoting public transport solutions;
Releasing a sustainability policy for each supplier category that promotes certification and/or the improvement of the supplier’s sustainability performance, by giving preference to certified/sustainable suppliers whenever possible in terms of prices, quality and logistics;
Embedding sustainability clauses in the contract conditions of our partners, which shall include the protection of local natural and human resources, fair working conditions, child protection, the repudiation of forced labour, sexual exploitation and discrimination of any kind;
Creating training contents/guidelines and suggesting solutions to improve the sustainability performance of our suppliers, including tour leaders;
Hiring qualified professional tour leaders granting fair working conditions;
Regularly communicating with our B2B and B2C clients regarding our sustainability policy, goals and results, promoting sustainability practices at home and on holiday;
Encouraging our clients to adopt environmental conservation actions and respect for local populations during their trips, through roadbooks, destination manuals and social media content (where available).
This year 2020, with the challenge of all the uncertainty that the Coronavirus has generated in the tourism sector. We, have made our bet on SUSTAINABILITY and in the continuous improvement of environmental standards in our trips and service providers.
Just recently, we are engaged with the Travelife certification program and we have started the process to work step by step towards complying with its international sustainability standards.
Travelife is a three-stage certification program for tour operators and travel agents:
First stage: 'Travelife Engaged'
Second stage: 'Travelife Partner'
Third stage 'Travelife Certified'
We are at stage 1 – 'Travelife Engaged'. We are working to move forward to stage 2 - Travelife Partner.
This first stage involves an initial assessment of our internal management and of those who provide services in our programmes: accommodations, transport and activities in order to make an evaluation of the positive impact that our trips have on the local communities and natural environments.
And remember: Keep Dreaming ... and Keep Traveling