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Why we became a B Corp

written by Intrepid Travel August 9, 2018
Hiker in New Zealand

Over the last three years, in between various adventures around the world, we’ve been on a slightly different journey. We’ve just become a certified B Corporation, making us the largest B Corp in the global travel industry.

Almost 30 years ago, our founders Darrell Wade and Geoff Manchester created a style of travel that gives back to the places and people we visit. We started offering carbon-offset trips. We were the first global tour operator to end elephant riding. And we’re currently advocating for the end of orphanage tourism in the travel industry.

While there are over 100 certification schemes in the travel industry, there aren’t any that take a holistic view of the impact a whole business can have on people and the planet. None, except B Corp certification.

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So what exactly *is* a B Corp, and why does it matter?

Two passengers on a bus in India

Photo by Ben McNamara

Good question!

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

In a nutshell? B Corps are a global movement of people using businesses as a force for good. We’re joining more than 2,500 B Corps in around 150 industries around the world, including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Danone.

Now that we’ve got B Corp certification, our current (and future) travellers have a guarantee that we’re committed to benefitting people and the planet. Win/win.

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Big call. How are you going to do that?

High-fiving on Everest Base camp

Photo by Patrick O’Neill

Well, we’ve already started making changes for good. We’ve recently introduced an extra three weeks of paid parental leave to all Intrepid staff; this might not seem like much, but this sort of staff benefit is huge news for new fathers in countries like Morocco and Iran. We’re also changing the way we do business in other parts of the world, working more closely with women and suppliers from under-represented communities.

In Egypt, we’ve had arrangements with local homestays and meal suppliers where women did the majority of the work, but the men signed the contracts and handled all the finances – it’s just how business is done. But this year, for the first time in 11 years, we’ve signed the contracts with the women themselves. This is the sort of easy change we can make that will empower women and change communities for the better.

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How will B Corp certification change the way I travel with Intrepid?

Female leader in Iran

Photo by Damien Raggatt

You’ll still have the same great small group experiences we’ve been running the past 30 years – nothing will change there (you might just notice the logo more!). But you’ll also have the reassurance that your local leader, your driver, your cook, your porter, and all those other behind-the-scenes staff are being supported. You’ll know that we’ll continue towards reducing inequality.

And you have our word that – along with a global community of like-minded businesses – we’re working on making the world a better place to be.

Feature image by Damien Raggatt. 

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17 comments

Alice S November 20, 2019 - 4:55 am

I’ve done more than 10 trips with Intrepid since 2001 and recommended them to countless Friends and acquaintances one of the things I have always liked was Intrepids attitude toward trying to foster extremely responsible travel and to be of assistance to people in the countries where they take tours this is just the latest reason to think that intrepid is terrific

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Anonymous July 16, 2019 - 7:51 pm

Excellent … huge CONGRATS and well deserved

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Bob July 4, 2019 - 7:41 am

Excellent news. Already travelled with Intrepid twice. Got two more booked.

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Alys Minckler October 23, 2018 - 3:46 am

Your company sounds fantastic, I am very impressed by your certifications and helping the world decrease the carbon footprint as well. I would love to be able to travel with your company, and even volunteer somewhere. Are volunteer positions paid for by your company? I have a friend that will be very interested in your company also.

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Betty August 15, 2018 - 4:26 am

Good to hear. Taking my first trip with Intrepid this fall and happy that it’s with a responsible company.

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Philip and Lisa Zarri August 15, 2018 - 1:33 am

Intrepid,
Thank you so much for your vision of responsible travel, we wholeheartedly support you.
CONGRATULATIONS on your B Corp certification.
As we embark on our sixth trip with you we will feel even better knowing our travel dollars are helping the people and places we visit.
Keep up the marvelous work!!

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Chuck Stewart and Nancy Sixsmith August 15, 2018 - 1:31 am

Congratulations on the new certification! After using a well-known travel company for previous trips to Europe, we have decided to switch to Intrepid for our trip this fall from Finland to Germany. We hope that it will be the first of many trips with Intrepid as we carefully and thoughtfully work through our travel bucket list in retirement. We were attracted to Intrepid’s exemplary values,
philosophy of global travel, and unusual destinations.

Chuck Stewart and Nancy Sixsmith
Nova Scotia, Canada

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Raquel Arsenic August 15, 2018 - 12:55 am

You’re so great!!! Congrats!!!

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Patrick Rice August 15, 2018 - 12:40 am

What a commendable achievement. When I saw the poor Limping Elephants carrying Heavy Tourists at the Amber Palace/Fort in Jaipur northern India several years ago , I felt absolutely disgusted by their treatment. More effort/power to the B Corp group.

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Sherri August 14, 2018 - 12:40 am

What you’re doing is so incredibly important right now-excellent work!

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KAY WILLS August 12, 2018 - 2:46 pm

I fully support Intrepids’ community minded travel that benefits the countries visited and their people. I am 68 years of age and have travelled twice with Intrepid and am booked to travel again October 2018 to Cuba via U S A. Next year around same time I will book again to return to Vietnam with Intrepid. I enjoy travelling alone but within the safety of a group. Intrepid meets my needs, cannot recommend them highly enough. Their guides are wonderful.

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Marilyn harnett August 12, 2018 - 2:01 pm

Well done on achieving b Corp
This why I have done many trips with Intrepid
Now could please get all your tour leaders to use lifestraws or a steripen so they are not contributing To the global plastic bottles disaster
Thanks

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Narelle Tyrrell August 12, 2018 - 12:06 pm

We have done 10 trips with Intrepid now and love your style of travel and commitment. Keep it up.

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Teresa Ward August 12, 2018 - 11:09 am

Congrats to all the team. The best tour group in the world anyway, but now even better!

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Trevor Hay August 12, 2018 - 11:05 am

I preferred Intrepid when it was a travel company. I find this PC virtue signalling to be a deterrent. I have 17 Intrepid/Peregrine tours under my belt and previously wouldn’t travel with any other company, but now I look at all other options.

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Ernest R Smith August 11, 2018 - 11:12 pm

Congratulations! Retiring in 1 year 4 months 14 days! Planning on using your services i 1 year 4 months and 15 days!

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Sarah August 10, 2018 - 1:56 pm

And how exactly does a person become employed by a company such as this?

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