SustainabilityThe beach is our home. We are leaving it better than we found it.
Committed to minimizing our negative impact on the ocean, the wildlife and the planet we are now a climate-neutral company.
“We believe it is our responsibility to always work towards becoming more sustainable, to minimize our negative footprint and maximize our positive handprint through our own actions and by influencing others"
We have accepted the invitation from the United Nations Climate Change secretariat to take the Climate Neutral Now Pledge. The pledge represents a movement of companies and governments taking the lead on reducing emissions and accelerating the global journey to a climate-neutral future. In doing so, we've committed to:
- Measure and report our greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible.
- Compensate for remaining emissions through the UN Certified Emission Reductions program.
We're thrilled about working with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat and excited to keep an open and goal-oriented dialogue around the optimisation of our sustainability efforts and results.
Since day one, we have been actively consulting with Nordic Ocean Watch's Simen Knudsen about the development of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. As a result, we have measured our CO2 footprint in detail from 2017 and compensated for that footprint with our partner CHOOOSE. Through that partnership, we support projects like the Kariba Redd forest protection program in Zimbabwe and the Bac Lieu wind farm project in Vietnam. We compensate for:
- All staff flights.
- Heating & electricity consumption in all destinations
- All emissions from transportation associated with airport-, activity- and surf lesson shuttles.
To minimize our employees' commute and reduce the pollution involved with that, all our administration staff are free to work from home every day of the year. This policy also saves tonnes of carbon emissions associated with an office building for more than 30 people.
Today we're excited about becoming a climate-positive organization with the UN Climate Change initiative 'Climate Neutral Now', supporting our sustainability vision as expressed by the company founders.
As passionate ocean-lovers, we understand the importance of the marine plastic pollution crisis and wholeheartedly promote the importance of ocean conservation. In doing so, our guests and staff collected more than 30 tonnes of plastic in 2017-2019 during our weekly beach clean-ups, hosted in all our destinations.
We're devoted to serving our guests and the local communities where we operate. We hire as many locals as possible in our destinations and educate guests and the local communities about ocean preservation. We also set high expectations for the sustainability aspects of the products & services we purchase from our suppliers.
A few examples from our on-site efforts include Meat Free Mondays, continuous reduction of our water- and energy consumption and extensive use of local organic produce. We go to great lengths to recycle all our waste and promote reusable shopping bags, water bottles and environmentally friendly zinc & sunscreen. We're also rolling out solar power, and in Portugal, we're already supplying our own energy for all our heating and hot water needs.
The beach is our home. We are leaving it better than we found it.
We have made a commitment to our ocean, beaches and community. They are our playground, our home and our livelihood. We are going to leave them better than we found them. That means that all our employees, friends and guests helps out with recycling and taking other actions for the environment. Each week there are beach cleaning and recycling activities to ensure that our home stays the way it was supposed to be.