The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the UN in 2015 are; “A call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.”
Sustainability is at the center of everything we do here at Earth’s Edge and we have identified 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which our business model operates by.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. We work closely with our local teams to ensure the jobs we create in the communities we visit are sustainable and help not just the individuals who work directly for us but also their families and communities. We also employ a core team in the office in Ireland and many incredible outdoor industry professionals who help us run these incredible trips.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Our expeditions operate in developing countries around the world. We want to reduce inequalities between our country and those we travel to by employing incredible local teams and paying them fairly, offering them opportunities to advance in their careers and develop personally and professionally.
Goal 13: Climate Action
Everyone, everywhere is affected by climate change. We are active advocates of the Leave no Trace campaign and encourage all our clients to act responsible and consciously at home and on expedition. Cutting down on energy use and switching to renewable energy are essential steps to combat climate change.
Goal 15: Life on Land
Every year we plant 3 native trees for every client who travels with us to offset the carbon emitted during air travel. These trees help to increase biodiversity where they are planted, combat deforestation and counteract CO2 emissions.