The health of the environment is of concern to everyone. Absolute Escapes take our responsibilities seriously with a commitment to sustainable tourism that does its best to conserve and protect the world’s resources.
We have made a concrete commitment to being a more environmentally-conscious tour operator by introducing a sustainability policy for our team to follow. This focuses on three main issues:
By keeping these issues in mind, we can choose every day – in big and small ways – to find ways to build a better quality of life for our employees, clients and suppliers.
In tackling these issues, we have created objectives for our company to adhere to and goals with which we can measure our success. Our team work together to achieve these tangible goals which tie directly to the company values that we all share. We internally review our achievements against these goals quarterly and report externally on our achievements once a year.
As a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), we have committed to a sustainable approach to travel. Project Protect is AITO’s instrument for improving and supporting sustainable tourism practices amongst its members. Absolute Escapes has taken part in three consecutive years.
In 2018, our AITO Protect Pledge was to further promote our partnership with the John Muir Trust. We include their logo and information about their activities on our website and documentation, arranged two conservation volunteer days for our team at the Glenlude Estate in the Scottish Borders, and we used the Give as you Live platform so that the stationery and printing purchases we made resulted in a donation of £150 to the Trust.
In 2019, we pledged to further our support of the John Muir Trust and embarked on a new partnership with Venture Scotland – a fantastic local charity who help disadvantaged young people in Scotland improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being by teaching them outdoor skills. We feel this is particularly relevant to our company as we have all experienced the restorative and empowering effects of nature. We raised £550 for Venture Scotland and are committed to continuing to support them in the future.
In addition to this, we implemented a comprehensive Sustainability Policy which was well received by the team, with every member of staff pledging to engage with the policy to the fullest extent.
Whilst 2020 has felt uncertain and challenging at times, we’re determined to continue our commitments to the causes dear to us. We are committed to maintaining our support of the John Muir Trust and Venture Scotland as part of our 2020 AITO Project Protect pledge.
The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK. The trust owns and manages some of the finest wild spaces in Britain, including Ben Nevis, part of the Skye Cuillin, and Schiehallion. These areas provide vital space for adventure, excitement and solitude.
As corporate members, Absolute Escapes are committed to supporting the conservation efforts of the Trust and work with them to spread the message of the importance of wild spaces. You can find many ways to support their efforts on their website.
Our aim is to help the Trust provide wilder, more beautiful countryside for our customers to enjoy and to demonstrate that we can all contribute in small ways to the restoration of wild land and responsible tourism.