Escape Travel and its parent company have established the Worldwise initiative born from the deep-seated passion, integrity and social activism of our people and our customers. By signing the United Nations Global Compact, we have demonstrated our commitment to being caring and responsible global citizens. For us, Responsible Travel means operating our business in a manner that respects the environment and wildlife, and benefits local people, their cultures and economies.
As part of this initiative, we have partnered with key global organisations such as ReThink Orphanages who share our vision and have joined us on our journey to responsibly deliver our purpose: to open the world for those want to see. One focus for Worldwise is social responsibility. Our goal is to build a brighter future in the communities where we work, live and travel, and our partnership with ReThink Orphanages provides the opportunity to work together to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children.
More than 8 million children live in institutions globally, despite the fact that more than 80 per cent of these children have parents or family. ReThink Orphanages provides advice and information for businesses and governments to keep children in families, and to ensure that vulnerable children all over the world have what all children need and deserve – a family. This partnership is an opportunity to be part of the movement to help those 8 million children, and will assist in our audit of suppliers and partners to identify potential issues in social, environmental and wildlife protection areas.
Our audit of 15,000 worldwide suppliers and partners is well under way, assessing how they are meeting responsible tourism standards as part of the Worldwise journey. A key Worldwise goal is to encourage our customers to make informed travel decisions, so they can benefit the social, economic, environmental and wildlife welfare of the destinations they visit.
Escape Travel is excited at the power of the Worldwise initiative to positively affect communities across the globe. We believe every one can play an important role by making informed travel choices that demonstrate respect for the journey and the destination, so that we ALL tread lightly upon the earth, and travel the world in peace.
For more information on Worldwise’s progress, or how you can make informed and responsible travel choices, please go to fctgl.com/responsible-travel.