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Sustainability Leadership

Taking a stand for our shared future as humans on earth
First of all, let us answer (y)our biggest question:

Can travel be sustainable at all?

We fully acknowledge that travel has become a commodity and is responsible for harmful side effects on our climate, local communities, wildlife and biodiversity. This must stop, no doubt!

But does it mean that we can no longer travel at all, because no form of travel—especially travel overseas that includes flying—can be sustainable by default?

We have asked ourselves this question, and we have come to the opposite conclusion: A certain new way of more meaningful and conscious travel is a necessity for global sustainability.

Why Meaningful Travel Is a Necessity for Sustainability (click to read more):

We fully acknowledge that travel has become a commodity and is responsible for harmful side effects on our climate, local communities, wildlife and biodiversity. This must stop, no doubt!

But does it mean that we can no longer travel at all, because no form of travel—especially travel overseas that includes flying—can be sustainable by default? We have asked ourselves this question, whether we should stop promoting travel and selling trips altogether.

  • What would this mean for our global consciousness?
  • Will it increase or decrease our intercultural understanding and connectedness as one global humanity?
  • Will it increase or decrease the power of the media to control our minds, as opposed to experiencing reality ourselves and forming our own educated opinions?
  • Will it increase or decrease racial prejudice and wars?
  • Will it help solve our sustainability crisis?

Peace, global consciousness and personal growth are fundamental to solving for global sustainability. We believe travel was always meant to the industry of peace, is unique in its power to foster global consciousness, and provides some of the best possible quality education for individuals to develop more globally conscious leadership skills—arguably the most important skill that we need so urgently to solve for sustainability.

We must always remember that sustainability is a complex global system, that requires holistic solutions. Amongst the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, peace (SDG 16) and quality education (SDG 4) are just as important goals as climate action; and we believe rightly so—they are a necessary precondition for environmental sustainability.

Therefore, even though our work isn’t yet perfect and we acknowledge that we still have a long way to go to make travel more fair and environmentally sustainable, we have come to the conclusion—no, conviction!—that a certain new way of more meaningful and conscious travel is a necessity for global sustainability.

+ Intercultural understanding

+ Global awareness building

+ Personal growth & education


= Peace & Sustainability

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain
Recognizing sustainability as a system

Holistic Sustainability Solutions

Travel and tourism is a complex global industry that touches all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and as such also requires holistic solutions that consider the impact on all 17 SDGs on a global scale.

How Travel Affects All 17 SDGs and How to Audit for Sustainability (click to read more):

Travel and tourism touches all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations (UN)—from sustainable local economic development that empowers tourism workers and local communities, via conservation of nature and wildlife, through to climate action.

Any travel and tourism solution that only focuses on select goals risks creating negative side consequences for all other SDGs. At Fair Voyage, we believe that sustainability in travel and tourism requires a holistic and balanced solution consistent will all 17 SDGs.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), initially formed as a coalition by UN agencies and prominent international conservation NGOs, has developed and manages a comprehensive set of global sustainability standards for travel and tourism. Learn how the GSTC Criteria align with all 17 SDGs.

The GSTC also accredits certification bodies for conducting independent audits consistent with the GSTC Criteria. This means that suppliers audited by a GSTC accredited certification body can reliably prove that they are operating consistent with all SDGs. Therefore, we believe that GSTC accredited certifications are the best and only way to verify the holistic implementation of sustainability on a global scale.

All 17 SDGs

NOT: One SDG at the cost of others

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Across supply chains

NOT: Outsourcing our responsibilities

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Climate action

NOT: Cheap and easy offsets

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“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, and expecting different results.”

Albert Einstein
What being a Social Enterprise means to us

Full Alignment of Interests With Sustainability

Fair Voyage exists to co-create a peaceful and sustainable world through travel, that’s our mission. To us, sustainability is not only something we do following market pressure, but the reason why we exist. 

Before any organization can credibly claim to be seriously working towards sustainability, we believe that we must resolve and pre-empt possible conflicts of interest and, first of all, ensure full alignment of interests with sustainability.

How Fair Voyage Ensures Full Alignment of Interests With Sustainability (click to read more):

In today's world, staying clear of conflicts of interest and ensuring full alignment of interests with sustainability is easier said than done. At Fair Voyage, we went the extra mile and have been working very hard to maintain our freedom to always act with integrity:

  • We have fundamentally structured our legal company objectives and shareholder structure,
  • we have always insisted on sustainability audits for ourselves and across our supply chain,
  • we have clearly and carefully defined our values that we must hold ourselves accountable to, and
  • we have—during the pandemic, once again—revised our business model to adjust to new norms;

all to ensure that we have the freedom to stay clear of legal, financial, personal, business, or other conflicts of interest, and the flexibility to continuously (re)align our work with [y]our vision for the peaceful and sustainable world that we want to live in.

Legal impact purpose

NOT: Profit before impact

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Sustainability audits

NOT: ESG Marketing

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Value based leadership

NOT: Simplistic KPIs

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“The difference between a dreamer and a visionary is that a dreamer has his eyes closed and a visionary has his eyes open.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
What We Need to Realize [Y]Our Vision

Reimagining Our Future

By 2040, we want to live in a sustainable and peaceful world. You too? Great! So how do we get there? In addition to alignment of interests and holistic sustainability solutions, we believe [y]our vision requires new and more roles models for conscious leadership, co-creation, and human innovation. 

Every day, we want to ask ourselves how we can be the solution and co-create such new role models, by living and working in integrity with our values

Conscious leadership

NOT: unaware execution

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Freedom & co-creation

NOT: control and domination

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Human innovation

NOT: technology worship

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“Be the change.”

Mahatma Gandhi
What You Can Do to Co-Create [Y]Our Vision

Take a Stand for Sustainable Travel

Travelers often ask us: What can I do? Our answer might surprise you, because it may be different from what you are used to hearing, from what you might want to hear:

Volunteering During Your Vacation Overseas Is Not the Answer (click to read more):

Humans want dignity and respect, meaningful work and fair pay, to be be free to choose our own destinies. Would you want to depend on volunteers and donations from abroad? Probably not. The same applies to people living elsewhere.

Here is why it is so challenging to add value to your destination and local communities by volunteering during your vacation overseas:

  • Manual work: Lower income countries are usually not in need of cheap labor—to the contrary, they usually have an excess supply of labor and are challenged by high unemployment rates. Flying labor from rich countries around the world to do manual work in a lower income country with excess labor has unnecessary negative effects on our climate and takes away employment opportunities for local communities.
  • Work with children: Children are emotionally and psychologically vulnerable. That's why our teachers and caregivers have psychological and pedagogical training specifically for working with children, and work with children over the course multiple months, if not years. When travelers leave again by the time a child has developed an emotional connection with them, or worse do not even have the necessary training for working with children, the longer-term outcome often is more disruptive and harmful for children than possible short-term benefits of volunteering.
  • Technical skills: Before we can contribute our technical skills to a cause and create meaningful solutions, we first need to thoroughly understand the problem and local realities. This means that locals need to dedicate significant time and resources to train and educate you first. A normal vacation of up to two or three weeks does usually not permit sufficient time to add meaningful positive net value.

For meaningful volunteering opportunities, please consider contributing to projects in your own community. We would also recommend you to directly approach organizations working for impactful causes that you feel most passionate about and can commit contributing to for a longer period of time.

To co-create [y]our vision, invest into your personal growth and awareness building, demand science and independent verification of sustainability, and pay fair prices for the services you consume.

Demand science & verification

NOT: resist greenwashing

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Critically challenge companies and non-profit organizations to demand scientific solutions and independent verification of sustainability claims when giving them your money. Resist the temptation to simply believe what others say and what you might want to hear. Always use your own judgement.

Invest in your personal growth

NOT: beware of volontourism

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We believe the single best action each and every one of us can take for sustainability is to invest into our own personal growth and awareness building, so that we can unleash more of our own potential and contribute more by being and creating the solutions we need.

Pay fair prices

NOT: donations that cause dependencies

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Give dignity and respect to local communities in your destination, so that they too can choose their own destinies, by paying fair prices for their work and resources when you consume their time, resources and services.

“Together we can.”

Fair Voyage