Our Responsible travel criteria

Prospective members need to demonstrate that their policy and practice meet the Responsible Travel minimum standards. Each prospective member therefore needs to provide the following :

  1. Policy & Procedure
    1. A copy of the companies responsible travel policy
    2. Written confirmation that the company policy has been provided to staff, destination suppliers and travellers
    3. Written confirmation that the company has a procedure for responding to travellers complaints & suggestions concerning responsible travel practices

  2. Environmental Policy
    1. Evidence of 1 UK-based initiative to reduce waste, and evidence that the company policy requests waste management practice of suppliers (reduce-reuse-recycle)
    2. Evidence that travellers are provided with suggestions for how to reduce water use in their destinations
    3. Evidence that travellers are provided with relevant suggestions to minimise damage to the environment, wildlife and marine ecosystems
    4. * Evidence that the company provides suggestions for destination visits to appropriate local projects with direct or indirect environmental benefits. This is an essential requirement for all trips published on responsibletravel.com

      * Tour operators may suggest alternative social projects section 3.iv

  3. Social Policy
    1. Evidence that travellers are provided with accurate pre-trip information on the social and political situation in each destination
    2. Evidence that travellers are provided with suggestions of ways to minimise negative impacts on local cultures
    3. Evidence that the company policy requests destination suppliers to ensure that a local guide accompanies all group visits to local communities
    4. * Evidence that the company provides suggestions for destination visits to appropriate local social projects with direct or indirect benefits to the host community. This is an essential requirement for all trips published on responsibletravel.com

      * Tour operators may suggest alternative environmental projects section 2.iv

  4. Economic Policy
    1. Evidence that the company policy requests destination suppliers to employ local people wherever possible
    2. Evidence that the company policy requests destination suppliers, where local standards permit, to make use of local produce, manufacturers and other services
    3. Evidence that travellers are provided with pre-trip suggestions of local services that provide local community benefits (e.g. restaurants, guides, shops, craft markets)

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