At Scott Dunn we aim to travel responsibly and tread lightly, leaving a positive imprint on the world. While the effects of climate change, plastic pollution, and global poverty represent huge challenges, we are fully committed to being proactively responsible both in the workplace and the destinations we visit.
We are on an evolving journey towards becoming a more Responsible Business in every way. Over the past 3 years, we have taken the time to understand what is important to both our guests and our people, using this insight to create our Responsible Travel strategy. The list of what we want to do is long and it will be a journey to get there, but we are committed to taking action and moving forwards.
It Starts with Community
Community is at the heart of our Responsible Travel strategy. For us, that means giving back to the communities in the destinations where we send our guests on their holidays. From working with locally owned properties to offering community-based experiences in all corners of the world, our aim is to create trips that support local communities at every level. Just as importantly, this community focus means ensuring we are raising the bar on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging within our company and the partners we work with.
Protecting and Empowering People
In recent months we have taken big steps forward in protecting and empowering people, specifically by focusing on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. There is still a way to go, but we have started an open and honest conversation internally as a first step. Already, small but steady actions have started to change mindsets, getting our teams thinking differently. We are also changing our marketing, making it more inclusive and representative of our guests, our people, and the wonderfully diverse world in which we live.
We are signatories of the Race at Work Charter and the Women in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure - Diversity in HTL Charter, both of which solidify our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. In line with these commitments, we are making progress through real actions. We are investing in the development of our future leaders from under-represented groups. We have also started to tap into different recruiting channels across each of our offices, to continue to share our passion for travel with as many people as possible.
In addition to our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging agenda, we are protecting and empowering people through our long-standing charitable partnership with Mary’s Meals. Since 2011, Scott Dunn has partnered with Mary’s Meals, a global charity that serves life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children. Their simple vision is that every child receives one daily meal in exchange for attending school, which in turn will help lift their communities out of poverty. Through community-led initiatives, Mary’s Meals feeds more than 2 million children around the world every school day.
We are also committed to ensuring that we are not engaged or complicit in the exploitation of people through forced labour, servitude, child labour or trafficking, in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Read our full statement here.
Protecting the Environment and Wildlife
At Scott Dunn, we are looking to the future and are continually searching for sustainable ways to minimise our impact on the planet and offset carbon emissions. Our partnership with Tree Sisters aligns with our goal of protecting the environment and wildlife, by supporting their mission to accelerate tropical reforestation. Instead of carbon offsetting through other means, we have decided to donate directly to Tree Sisters who plant trees on our behalf to offset emissions for every trip booked and for our staff travel. Through the protection and reforestation of tropical forests and mangroves, which are known to be excellent carbon absorbers, Tree Sisters focuses on increasing green cover globally. In parallel, they also have a mission to educate and empower women in local communities by working with female-led organisations. Through our Scott Dunn Charitable Fund, we are committed to raising money to support community-led initiatives such as Tree Sisters and Mary’s Meals.
These things will take time, which is why our Responsible Travel strategy is rooted in a long-term action plan to create change, which will evolve over several years.
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The Scott Dunn Charitable Fund supports a variety of community-based projects right around the world. Money raised through the fund goes directly to charitable projects that promote education, community development and conservation that bring real long-term improvements to the lives of many in poverty stricken and remote areas.