At Intrepid, we know that our strength comes through our differences and the freedom for everyone to be themselves – locals, leaders and travellers alike.
We have a history of championing gender equality and inclusiveness – through our business, with our people, on our trips and via our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation.
Empowering women across our business
Intrepid has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2017. We report on our gender progress annually in our integrated report.
In 2022, we produced a global pay equity report, which indicated the gender pay gap levels in each location by position grade. We have also introduced flexible working, parental leave and breastfeeding policies.
In 2017, we set a goal to double the number of female leaders globally by 2020. While this may not be a difficult target in many countries, in traditional societies such as India and Morocco, recruiting women is a much greater challenge. We met our goal of doubling the number of female tour leaders six months early in 2019. As of 2023, we have 275 female tour leaders and crew, which equates to 30% of our tour leaders.
We’re not just looking inward. As we work towards our next B Corp certification, we are making sure we advance gender equality by working with women-owned businesses in our supply chain.
Empowering women on our trips
In 2018, we launched Women’s Expeditions – all-female tours led by female guides. These trips are all about breaking down barriers, fostering discussion and creating immersive local experiences for women that are ordinarily off limits on our regular adventures. They include Peru, India, Morocco, and Jordan.
All of our trips aim to provide women employment opportunities through locally-led experiences – from carpet weaving workshops in Pakistan and Turkey to an artisan jewellery business in Zambia – while also supporting female-owned and operated businesses in our supply chain.
Amplifying women's voices
We know representation matters. That’s why we ensure we feature women’s voices and highlight the many achievements of our female community on our platforms. These actions are guided by our Ethical Marketing Policy – which includes a commitment to working with diverse content creators – and measured with regular reporting.
Empowering women via The Intrepid Foundation
Intrepid’s approach to gender equality is further deepened in the communities we support through The Intrepid Foundation. A common thread among many of our community partners is their approach to embedding women’s empowerment across their operations – from supporting girls' education in Morrocco to empowering marginalised women in Nepal.
We invest in organisations that put gender equality at the core of their operations and understand that the key to creating real, meaningful change requires women’s voices to be heard, as well as their participation and leadership.