M.A.C.S. Adventure Responsible Travel Policy
Macs Adventure helps you discover some of the most spectacular landscapes and communities of the world and we take responsible travel extremely seriously. Adventure holidays have positive and negative impacts on the environment and communities that it visits. Our M.A.C.S. Adventure Responsible Travel Policy endeavours to ensure that our operations have as many positive impacts as possible.
Minimise Impact & Maximise Benefit
Our operating policies, office policies, holidays and tours are all designed to minimise impact and maximise benefit to the environment and local communities. Some of the ways we achieve this include:
- We operate self-guided and small group adventures which minimise the impact on the environment and other trail users.
- The majority of our holidays are activity based so the use of vehicles and transport is kept to an absolute minimum.
- Our office policies include recycling, using recycled and sustainably sourced paper, and actively encouraging the use of public transport and cycling/walking to work with secure bike storage, free to use bikes, and a carefully considered location close to public transport links (and with limited car parking!).
- Our operational policies include: Using local staff, suppliers, leaders, accommodation and transport so maximum benefit accrues to the local economy. Minimising environmental impact by visiting sustainable destinations, using established paths and designing trips to be low carbon. Using suppliers and accommodation that have responsible and green policies in place. It is our policy to avoid printing brochures wherever possible to reduce our paper consumption, and we encourage customers to download the electronic versions of our brochures instead, which are all available on our website.
Action & Advocacy
We believe that by engaging our team and clients in environmental and community projects we can make a real difference. Our clients enjoy an authentic and rewarding holiday and can gain a real insight into the issues facing the local community and environment. Our team knows that they are appreciated and making a difference. And of course the projects we support raise their profile and benefit in numerous ways.
We support local environmental and community projects through financial contributions, staff volunteer programmes, a voluntary contribution scheme and raising awareness amongst our clients. We support and encourage our partners' projects where we can.
Carbon & Communities
Travel and our business activity does of course contribute to carbon output and climate change. We have put several policies in place to minimise our carbon footprint. The communities we work, live and travel in are so important to the quality of our life and by engaging with our own communities and those we visit we all benefit. Our holidays are designed to be low carbon. All are accessible by public transport, make minimum use of vehicles and we supply detailed information on accessing the start and end points of our adventures by public transport. Where flights are required we include details of appropriate carbon offset schemes and encourage our clients to offset international flights. We support community projects in the areas we operate and where possible make our clients aware of and encourage them to visit these projects. In our local community we are working towards recycling all of our office waste, and our staff have taken part in a consultation from local campaign "a better way to work," encouraging low environmental impact travel.
Sensitive & Sustainable
Macs Adventure has worked hard to ensure that our holidays are sensitive to the community you are visiting and sustainable over the long term.
We support our partners in the best responsible travel practices to ensure that our groups are sensitive to local customs and environmental issues. We supply detailed information packs to our independent and self-guided clients to ensure they are aware of and observe responsible travel practices and are aware of local customs. When planning a new tour we make sure the destination is managed sustainably and that our tours will have a net positive impact on the community and environment. Accommodation, partners and suppliers are supplied with our responsible travel policy and practices to ensure the entire supply chain is sustainable. We negotiate fair prices and build long term relationships with our local suppliers so they are able to retain expert staff, operate responsibly and prosper in the longer term.
We welcome any feedback on our M.A.C.S Responsible Travel Policy and if you have any great ideas on how we could do things better, local projects we could work with or would simply like to discuss further please do get in touch.