At Inside travel we measure our success on the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.
We believe business should be a force for good. Good for the people who travel with us, for the communities they visit and the communities we live and work in. But we’re under no illusions. Tourism accounts for around 8% of global carbon emissions – there is no such thing as guilt-free travel.
Even so, if the travel experiences we have loved and shared with tens of thousands of people are going to be available for future generations, then change is needed. We’ve put in place firm commitments that address not only the impacts our business has on the environment but the ways we can maximise the positive impacts travel can have on communities, wildlife and conservation efforts.
While we’ve made a good start, we’re fully aware that we can’t tackle the climate crisis alone. That’s why we’ve partnered with like-minded organisations in the travel industry to drastically reduce emissions and come up with solutions. We declared a climate emergency in December 2020, joining a growing collective of organisations in the travel industry, and contributing to Climate Action Plan blueprints for the rest of the travel industry to use to tackle their carbon emissions.
We know that actions speak louder than words. While we’re on the road to becoming a certified B-Corp, we’re also:
Taking Climate Action
We measure and report on our carbon emissions every year and have a transparent Climate Action Plan in place:
- Our ‘Every Trip Offset’ policy means that all our new bookings are carbon neutral – thanks to an award-winning carbon offset programme which provides households in rural Vietnam with clean, renewable energy and a host of social benefits.
- We measure and offset the emissions from all of our staff travel and each of our offices. We are committed to becoming fully carbon neutral by 2025.
- We have year-on-year targets in place to reduce these emissions
- In December 2020, we declared a Climate Emergency, joining the Tourism Declares movement. In November 2021, we were a founding signatory of the Glasgow Declaration. We work alongside like-minded businesses to find on climate solutions for the travel industry.
championing Responsible tourism
- We work directly with hundreds of small, locally run accommodations and knowledgeable local people.
- We help to extend the reach of vital tourist dollars sustainably, through community-based tourism programs that see the money (and you) stepping off the common paths.
- We help our clients reduce their plastic use while travelling.
- We only work with suppliers who follow the same ethos as us.
- We have a strong animal welfare policy – so our travellers can see well-protected animals in their natural environment, we only work with those who put animal conservation front and center.
- We support NGOs that improve health and education schemes in our destination countries, such as Child’s Dream.
giving back to our communities
- 5% of our profits go to charities that give low-income or disadvantaged families days away from home.
- We pay our staff the living wage and provide them opportunities to thrive.
- Through volunteering and fundraising events, our whole team get involved with local charities
- We endeavour to influence the wider travel industry by being an active member of AITO and ABTA sustainability networks.
We do not have all the answers but we’re working towards some big, important goals. That means a lot of listening and learning, so if you have any thoughts about our sustainability journey, we’d love to hear from you.