Among the millions of people travelling internationally each year, a number expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030, there are organisations and individuals dedicated to driving the message of sustainable tourism through their daily work. Two such trailblazers are EarthCheck and Oceanic Global - shaping the future for generational change where lifestyles, skills and knowledge will define the world in 2030 and beyond.
Oceanic Global engages new audiences in ocean conservation. The non-profit taps into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. Oceanic Global takes a uniquely creative approach to conservation, creating immersive experiences that engage local communities, amplify the efforts of synergistic groups, generate measurable impact and ignite global action.
EarthCheck is the world’s leading scientific and environmental benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry. For over 30 years, they have worked with leading research centres and universities around the world to address the key sustainability and climate change issues facing tourism destinations, communities and enterprises. EarthCheck believes that the planet deserves more than half measures.
Together, EarthCheck and Oceanic Global will work on a variety of projects including the release of sector-specific guides to intensify efforts in eliminating plastics and help the tourism industry around the world more easily achieve, measure and verify the success of their sustainability efforts.
Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said EarthCheck clients are increasingly looking for partners to help innovate and improve the efficiency and performance of their supply chains.
“You cannot claim sustainability leadership without understanding your own social and environmental footprint," Mr Moore said.
“We are very excited to be collaborating with Oceanic Global. It’s a unique opportunity for the tourism industry to take action and drive its message of global impact across the global community - beyond tourism. We are doing our part by continuing to provide our members with the latest industry insights and engaging content."
Lea D’Auriol, Executive Director and Founder of Oceanic Global, said providing evidence -based tool-kits can enable businesses to take action for the health of the planet.
“Through our work with The Oceanic Standard (TOS) program, we have managed to make sustainability more cost efficient. The TOS program provides best-practice solutions that meet countries' and cities' waste management infrastructures, remove single-use plastic waste from entering the waste cycle and empower businesses to influence policy.
“We are excited to be partnering with EarthCheck to collaborate holistically and to further engage businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector on a global scale!"
With sustainable practices becoming increasingly mainstream, EarthCheck and Oceanic Global are well positioned to help travel and tourism organisations around the world operate in a more sustainable manner and reduce their overall environmental impacts on host communities.