Social Responsibility

   

Our social commitment

  • To protect human rights within our sphere of influence and to ensure that all parties impacted by our business including staff, travellers, suppliers, local communities and other stakeholders, are treated with fairness and respect.
  • To work with our stakeholders on issues around responsible practices in order to promote justice and equity across our global community and protect our most vulnerable societies.

How are we doing this?

Some initiatives include:
 
  • Providing training to all our leaders on safety and social issues in the areas they operate to help them educate our passengers on matters such as local customs, cultural etiquette, religion, prostitution and child safety.
  • Providing HIV/AIDS training to our staff and leaders in high-risk regions.
  • Working in partnership with child protection organisations such as ECPAT, ChildWise and ChildSafe Asia, to help protect children in our destinations. Read our ChildSafe Traveller Tips.  
  • Employment and supplier policies which support and encourage fair practices. Read our Porter Policies.
  • Providing support for many grassroot not-for-profit organisations globally to help advance local communities through The Intrepid Foundation.
  • All Intrepid companies have specific annual goals to increase annual donations to The Intrepid Foundation.
  • Visits to community projects on trips to raise awareness and engage passenger support for the projects.
  • Organising guest speakers to regularly speak at our stores and offices to help raise awareness on various social sustainability topics.

SAMA

Project SAMA is a three year global gender equality project which aims to improve the lives of communities and help bridge the gender gap through education. To help us achieve this, we're working with Plan, one of the world's oldest and most experienced children's development organisations.
 
 
To find out more about Project SAMA, visit the Project SAMA webpage and Facebook page.

Human rights

Intrepid have adopted a global Human Rights Policy which formalises our commitment to supporting and respecting internationally proclaimed human rights and ensuring we aren't complicit in human rights abuses. 
 
The aim of the Human Rights Policy is to:
 
  • Protect human rights within our sphere of influence and ensure that all our people including our staff, passengers, suppliers and local communities, as well as other stakeholders who are impacted by our business, are treated with fairness and respect.
  • Work with our stakeholders to address issues that act as barriers to responsible practices in order to promote equity across our global community and protect our most vulnerable societies.
  • Give guidance to our staff on Intrepid's stance in relation to human rights issues.
  • Commit our support to the principles contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Protect, respect and remedy human rights issues within our sphere of operations and supply chain as outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: The "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework.

Research

Intrepid, in association with Victoria University and the government body Aus Industry, completed a two year research project to assess the impacts of our trips to sensitive rural communities titled "Small Tour Group Impacts on Developing Communities". The comparative report on five village communities (in Thailand, Vietnam and Borneo) demonstrates that Intrepid trips are providing mixed outcomes for local people in these communities. 
 
Some of these outcomes include:
 
  • Renewal or support for traditional practices, such as arts and crafts, through local initiatives like craft markets.
  • Empowerment of women due to employment and leadership opportunities created by Intrepid's visits.
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of other cultures amongst local people due to direct and meaningful interactions between local people and Intrepid groups.
  • Support of household livelihood strategies through financial benefits gained by activities associated with Intrepid's visits.
  • Direct employment opportunities for some members of the community through activities such as traditional massage, guiding, portering and cooking.
     
As part of its commitment to providing leadership on sustainable tourism practices, Intrepid has decided to make this report available to the general public. This report was completed in 2002, but we believe the issues and the recommendations remain current and relevant to remote community-based tourism.