Exodus group at the Everest Base Camp

Responsible travel policy

Responsible Travel is central to our ethos. We will design and operate our holidays in a way that gives the highest degree of long-term economic benefit to the host communities, whilst also maintaining and/or improving the environment.

  • We aim to develop long-term relationships with our partners overseas so that the economic benefit is ongoing.
  • We aim to work with our overseas partners to increase the skill sets of our local staff.
  • We aim to ensure that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to local conditions and does not overload local infrastructure.
  • We will take into consideration economic, environmental and cultural issues when looking at new destinations.
  • We aim to minimise water and atmospheric pollution from any specific tourism development we use.
  • We aim to achieve zero litter policies everywhere.
  • We aim to work closely with all relevant local bodies and authorities to help preserve or improve the environment and deliver a long-term benefit for the host community.
  • Where possible we will encourage local involvement and provide financial support for economic, social or environmental projects that will benefit the local communities.
  • We no longer offer elephant riding on our adventures. To read about our approach to elephant riding and why we’ve made this decision, click here.
  • We will attempt to operate our holidays in a way that encourages positive cultural exchanges.
  • We will encourage our clients, through our literature, staff and leaders, to act in a socially responsible way.
  • We will attempt to impart an insight and understanding of the host culture and community to our clients so that they can gain more from visiting them.
  • We will encourage and train our local partners and staff to gain an insight into the culture and way of life of our clients.
  • We will attempt to integrate the ethos of responsible travel throughout our organisation.
  • We will run our head office in a responsible manner by using fair-trade products, monitoring, and where possible reducing, our energy usage, as well as recycling.
  • We will provide regular and ongoing training in the principles and practices of responsible travel, both to our office staff and those employed directly or indirectly around the world.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

We reached out to our whole wide community of responsible adventures – our team, clients and partners on the ground - to understand which areas of social and environmental impact Exodus Travels should prioritise. As a result, our People, Places & Planet plan focuses on working towards six key UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 8 - Decent work and economic growth
Goal 11 - Sustainable cities and communities
Goal 12 - Responsible consumption and production
Goal 13 - Climate action
Goal 14 - Life below water
Goal 15 - Life on land

The Exodus Travels Foundation

Our Foundation enables us to extend our vision of harnessing the positive power of travel for the people and places we visit. Thanks to the generosity of our clients and partners and the breadth of our networks, we are able to support a number of community-based projects which improve life in hard-to-reach places.
Read more about our Foundation’s work here.

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