We recognize our responsibility to have a positive impact on the planet we call home, the people we visit, and the wildlife we find there. We manage our impact in two ways; as a business through our sustainability goals, detailed in How We Tread Right, and through our TreadRight Foundation.
How We TreadRight
We are committed to traveling responsibly and positively impacting our planet, people, and wildlife.
Our five-year sustainability strategy consists of 11 sustainability goals anchored to the United Nations’ Global Goals, which guide the way we are addressing climate change, sustainable food production, waste reduction, travel experiences, diversity and inclusion, and wildlife: the six main issues that we are currently focused on as a business.
Our road to net zero
Since the launch of our sustainability strategy, global action on the world’s response to climate change has continued to advance. We have matched that advancement through our decision to commit to net zero.
Our Climate Action Plan outlines how we will reach net zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2050 from a 2019 baseline year, with accompanying short-term and long-term targets validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). Our primary focus is decarbonizing, the most effective means to address climate change. To enable that, our parent company, The Travel Corporation, has established the following science-based reduction targets, validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi):
Reduce absolute scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions by 90% by 2050 from a 2019 base year
To cement our commitment to decarbonizing, in 2022, we launched a Carbon Fund – a fund dedicated to financing initiatives to reduce the carbon emissions of our business. This fund is a bold step towards prioritizing the planet and will be used solely for initiatives that contribute to our net zero journey and help restore our planet. Progress made by this fund will be reported in future Impact Reports.
To further support our journey to net zero, our TreadRight Foundation will prioritize and invest in nature-based solutions developed to address climate change and the rapid loss of biodiversity. Learn more about TreadRight and our projects.
We encourage you to read about our carbon measurement methodology, learn more about our Climate Action efforts, and view our recent Impact Report at our Impact Hub.
All TTC-owned Red Carnation propertiesincluded on GET itineraries will utilize renewable sources by Dec 2021. GET also encourages and educates third-party suppliers on shifting to alternative renewable energy sources.
All TTC-owned Red Carnation properties included on GET itineraries will reduce food waste by Dec 2021. GET encourages and educates third-party suppliers on food waste reduction and sustainable tourism. GET also commits to meeting this goal for all business-related events from 2021.
Our strategy defines “local” as any food sourced within 30-50 miles of where it is prepared, and “organic” as that which is sourced without the use of pesticides or GMOs; in addition to sustainably sourced seafood. Our goal is for all of our Be My Guest dining experiences and other small businesses to source at least 30% of their menu either locally or organically by 2025.
GET has significantly reduced SUP across trips and offices and continues to conduct assessments on trip and business touchpoints to ensure alternative recyclable materials are utilized wherever possible.
Internal support, opportunity, and mentorship within GET teams and offices are strong, with a focus on developing internal team members. The focus to date has been on building opportunities for female leaders and has succeeded at ensuring approx 70% of the executive leadership is female. The current focus is on ensuring that both internal teams, as well as guests and travelers, are represented equitably from within the LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.
To achieve this, GET in conjunction with TTC has committed to completing a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy by Q1 2021. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to Indigenous peoples, the first travelers. We are in the process of working with various Indigenous travel associations and experts to develop a guidebook that will help our brands engage with Indigenous tour operators in a respectful and meaningful way that honors Indigenous heritage and lands.
All wildlife experiences included on all trips adhere to the TTC Animal Welfare policy as of January 2021. Ongoing assessment and inspection are undertaken for domesticated animals involved in on-trip experiences.
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