Earth Day and Travelife Partner Certificate
This time the topic of the blog is somewhat different, although rather important. Our small company is committed to business sustainability in all its forms. Therefore we use this blog as a medium by means of which we would like to spread positivity during the current situation with Covid-19, which can also teach us a few valuable lessons.
In this way we would like to inform our foreign partners and local suppliers that together we have taken a big step forward towards sustainability, and to send a message to our colleagues – or “competitors”, as some would say – that it is well worth to take that step, because it concerns all of us, and especially our children.
As our Mission Statement says, ever since our company was founded, we wanted to develop it in accordance with the current understanding of sustainable business standards. However, the first step was to ensure we have a business in the first place.
It is only now, after having received the second Travelife Partner certificate, that we can say we are seriously on the way to a 100% climate-neutral business, which we expect to achieve in 2022.
For now, we have examples of socio-cultural programmes through which we support education and traditions in cooperation with local institutions…
…and also CO2 offset calculated for majority of our tailor-made itineraries. It is very interesting that a vast majority of our clients are environmentally aware. So far, of all our FIT clients interviewed on their willingness to participate in compensation of CO2 emissions, we have received a 100% of positive replies.
However, to keep this post as short and as succinct as possible, we will describe the steps we have taken so far, sharing our experiences, thoughts and arguments, and would like to invite you to share any questions, comments or useful insights you might have. In this case it really does “take a village”.
- Why Travelife?
Thanks to the reputable professional association called UHPA (Association of Croatian Travel Agencies), which suggested this specialist certification body and conducted all the necessary preparations for us, we thought it was a wonderful opportunity. Namely, Travelife is a certification body, i.e. an organization which promotes sustainability in tourism industry, that has clear procedures and a set of tools to implement those procedures in practice.
Naturally, before the experience with Travelife, we were also confused by the number of sustainability certificates offered in the market and by the number of companies and individuals who, either consciously or unconsciously, promote sustainability primarily for the purpose of self-promotion, thus doing more harm than good. In this abundance of information, many people quit immediately, claiming that it is all for nothing or that it is all one big and expensive scam. Although the advocates of such an opinion are partially right, it is not the reason to simply brush it off. Besides, everything that is valuable requires some effort, does it not?
To be clear – Travelife is an organization whose implementation system is based on three simple principles:
The system provides for everyone, from large tour operators to small DMCs such as ourselves, and does not only focus on environmental protection, but also offers clear guidelines and conditions in the socio-cultural aspect.
There are numerous requirements one needs to meet in order to receive the Partner certificate, but you would not believe how much you can improve business sustainability by introducing a single simple procedure or acquiring a new habit. The following two years will certainly be crucial for us in showing whether we can become Travelife Certified. For now, we would just like to celebrate a bit, especially because we received the certificate on Earth Day.
For those who like to know more about our business sustainability, this link contains all the necessary information.
If you have any questions, we would be happy to provide some information or refer you to the competent expert.