Sustainable enterprise is a form of enterprise in which, in generating economic performance, the people, the community and nature are taken into account in all steps of the enterprise. This is a process that is continuously being tinkered with.
Nepal Inside Out and her team strives to offer sustainable and responsible travel. This means that in all our trips we respect the local people, culture and nature. But we go one step further: we really bring a positive economic and social impact! We do this in different ways, each of which contributes a small part to the well-being of the local population, nature and the economy. Through this link, you can find out more concretely how we do this.
Travelife certified agency until 2022.
From the start of our company in 2015, sustainability was an integral part of our business plan. For us, it was the only way we wanted to do business in the tourism sector! Quite a challenge in which we could use some support. To reinforce our intention, we contacted Travelife, a certification scheme for sustainable tourism. We started in the lowest step of the scheme and went straight to work. With its online platform Travelife offers a lot of support in the field of training and certification. Sustainable entrepreneurship is a process in which you as a company grows.
In 2017 we achieved the second step of the certification: Travelife partner. In this step you report online about all aspects of your company and you draw up an action plan for the coming years.
At the beginning of 2018 we proudly and faster than initially planned achieved our first real sustainability certificate: Nepal Inside Out became Travelife Certified. In this step you get an external auditor of Travelife after submitting your report. This auditor checks if what you report is correct, what your further plans are and advises which aspects can be tackled further. We succeeded, but there was still some work to be done! The certificate expires every 2 years, so then the whole process starts all over again.
In August 2020 we got another external audit in our company in Kathmandu. This time we passed brilliantly 🙂 and we are again Travelife Certified until mid 2022. To put it in the words of the auditor: ‘You have made incredible progress in the last two years! I don’t have any major comments.
We are incredibly proud to be able to say that we are one of the few companies in Nepal that got this certificate and so we are a frontrunner in Nepal in the field of sustainable tourism. For us it certainly doesn’t stop here! We still have a lot of plans and ideas to become even more sustainable.
Our sustainability policy
As a guideline for the further development of our company in the sustainable direction, we have drawn up a sustainability policy.
Below are a few points:
We integrate sustainability in the design of all our trips. In addition, we promote sustainability on our website(s) and on our social media.
Moreover, we only work with Western partners and tour operators that share the same values. Our partners therefore also promote and implement sustainable tourism in their business.
We also actively encourage our local partners and suppliers to improve their services in a sustainable way. Think of our hotel partners, providers of transport and/or excursions, etc.
First and foremost, we train our employees to travel in a sustainable way. Furthermore, we make sure that they involve our guests in this. We encourage them to participate in trainings on this theme. These trainings are organized by local NGOs. Sustainability is an essential part of the internal training. This is why we offer it to all our employees at least two times per year.
We create awareness about sustainability issues among our clients. This is done during the preparation of the trip as well as through a short briefing after arrival in Kathmandu. Through blogs and pages on our website our clients can learn more about this subject. You can also find information about this on the websites of our partners.
In short, we have a policy that is focused on sustainable tourism. This is with the intention to minimize all negative effects on the natural and social environment in Nepal. In order to be able to smoothly implement this in our daily operations, we have further elaborated this policy in a number of guidelines. If you are interested in this, please take a look!
Biennial report Travelife
Guide & Porter Policy
Health & Safety Policy (incl. Covid-19 guidelines)
If you have any questions about our approach, or if you would like more information about a certain theme, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.