Sustainability Pledge

Sustainability Pledge

Sustainability Pledge

Our sustainability pledge

We pledge to be a tourism industry leader in corporate social responsibility. This means operating adventure travel trips which tread lightly on the planet and give back to local communities.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Active Adventures. We understand the only way for us to continue doing what we love - showing you our favorite parts of the world in all our favorite ways - is to carefully consider how we're impacting the environment. With this in mind, we've made a commitment to always operate sustainably, and as a team we've come up with some pretty lofty goals to help us achieve this.

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Our sustainability missions

We continue to implement reduction initiatives and seek out and support social sustainability causes in the destinations in which we operate.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is where it all started for us, and so it’s where we have implemented many initiatives to reduce our impact on the environment, as well as contributing to local communities and charities. We encourage all team members at Active Adventures to think on all things sustainability, discuss accreditation, and find ways to make our carbon footprint smaller. As a company we’ve taken the ‘Tiaki promise’, to encourage our guests to care for New Zealand the way we do.

Here’s just a few of the things we've spearheaded in recent years...

We are proud of our sustainability initiatives and we intend for them to pave the way for improvements across our entire global operation.

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South America

Our operations headquarters for Central & South America is located in Cuzco, Peru, from which we intend to continue rolling out initiatives to reduce our footprint in the region.

We are very aware of how easy it is to come up with a list of initiatives and awards we have as a business, and claim to be doing our bit for the planet. Realistically though, we understand that our presence as an adventure tour operator in Central & South America inevitably has an impact on the environment and the local communities we interact with. With that in mind, we do our best to educate our guests about ways they can contribute positively, rather than negatively, during their visit.

On our Galapagos Islands adventures, for example, our trips are 'land-based', which means our dollars will be spent within the local communities, rather than with a foreign boat cruise operator. The Galapagos Islands is famed for its wildlife, and the conservation efforts there are central to our adventures. Our highly trained conservation guides are certified leaders who go through years of training to be allowed to show you these amazing places, and most volunteer in conservation programs in their down time. We’re very lucky to have so many selfless individuals taking responsibility for the quality of our adventures in Ecuador.

Our commitment to small group travel also helps to reduce our impact on the natural environment in all of our destinations, not just Central and South America. Aside from this, it means you’ll get to know the whole group and make some friends for life!


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Our other destinations

We’ve made a commitment to reducing our carbon footprint across all the destinations in which we operate. Being able to travel sustainably has become paramount to today’s adventure travelers, and we’re determined to lead the way in making as many positive contributions as possible as we adventure together. It’s a careful and slow process - some of our operations are outsourced to local providers, which means we need to gently persuade other businesses to jump on our sustainability bandwagon too, and that’s not always easy! We expect buy-in from all of our partners and providers, and will continue to work with the most sustainable adventure travel operators int he industry.

And empowering others when we can't.

Active Hearts Foundation is based in Nepal and was started by Active Adventures guide Dan 'DK' Keys. What began as a small token of appreciation to the Nepalese people for their kindness, welcoming, and generosity, grew into something much more quantifiable after the devastating earthquake of 2015.

Immediately following the earthquake all resources were channelled into relief efforts and rebuilding in the rural communities, and today, Dan and his team of volunteers have built numerous libraries for schools in rural regions of the Himalayas, built a clean water supply high in the Himalayan foothills, and provided emergency healthcare to rural communities!

Dan and the team have plans to continue in the same vein, and we’re delighted to be able to support this fantastic cause, and give something back to the communities which make our Himalayas adventures so special.
If you want to know more about the Foundation, head to this page. or check out the documentary video below. If you'd like to donate to Active Hearts Foundation, or go on a discovery trip with them to see the amazing work they’re doing, head to their website here.