Travel should be a respectful, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. SunBird Tours acknowledges its responsibility towards society to be a good corporate citizen. This is about mutual understanding and respect between people and societies. We ensure to protect these vulnerable resources for future generations.

Compliance with applicable law in general

SunBird Tours expects its Suppliers to comply with all applicable local laws and regulations, and industry minimum standards.

Transport

Means of transport should comply with the legal local standard. The Supplier should consider minimum quality and safety arguments when selecting the mode of transport. The Supplier is responsible for training of drivers and a code of conduct with regards to driving. The Supplier will take care of environmentally friendly transport, if available.

Accommodation

We will stimulate the use of accommodations that do not damage the environment and will prefer the use of sustainable accommodation, in case of equal possibilities. In case of clear evidence that contracted accommodations jeopardize the provision or integrity of basic services such as food, water, energy, healthcare or soil to the neighboring communities it can be reason to terminate the co-operation with the accommodation.

Excursions/Activities

Excursions and attractions in which captive wildlife is held are not offered, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with local and national law. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized. Where available preference is given to excursions that operate on the basis of acknowledged and controlled sustainability standards. The company offers no products or services of excursion providers that harm humans, animals, plants, natural resources (e.g. water/energy), or which are socially/culturally unacceptable, such as elephant rides, visit to orphanage, home-age.

We offer cultural and natural excursions like cycling and hiking tours, it always include local suppliers like bakeries, fishermen and markets. When planning meals, we do not order the caterers exactly what to cook, only inform them of special requests or allergies, encouraging thereat the use of seasonal and local products bought from local farmers. In addition, we encourage to serve regional and typical food. We strives to make our excursions as sustainable as possible.

Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents

The Supplier allows or tolerates no child prostitution at the premises and facilities of subcontracted accommodations. Any suspicious behaviour from guests, employees, staff from suppliers of the Supplier or any other person on the Suppliers premises or during excursions must be report to the local authorities by the Supplier. Better Places will end the contractual agreement prematurely if the Supplier does not take adequate measures to prevent sexual exploitation of children within the direct supply chain (e.g. accommodations and excursions).

Local sourcing and benefiting communities

We encourage our guests and supplier to choose locally produced goods in preference to imported ones wherever possible. The Supplier shall promote local products and services to guests, by recommending guides, restaurants, markets and craft centres wherever possible.

Biodiversity
Biodiversity is an important reason for people’s holiday decisions. ¬†Entrance fees give economic value to nature resorts, and generate income for local people, and a stimulus to protect the area.

  • Suppliers shall minimize their negative impact on the environment;
  • The Supplier shall actively reduce the amount of energy and water used and shall minimize the use of chemicals known to cause damage or pose risks to health and/or the environment;
  • The Supplier shall monitor and control wastewater and solid waste generated and shall treat it as required prior to discharge or disposal;
  • The Supplier and its direct service providers do not promote souvenirs or food which contain threatened flora and fauna species
  • The Supplier shall not to offer red-listed species on the Menu

Best Practice Standard

Best Practice standards and other guidance towards more sustainability management (e.g. training manuals) are distributed to the bestselling accommodations;
http://gettingstarted.travelife.org
http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/tourism/training/hotels/toolkit

Education and promotion of sustainable supply chain Some excellent resources can be found at
http://travelfoundationtraining.com
http://www.greenhotelier.org/category/know-how-guides/

How Hotels can reduce food waste;
https://www.hotelmanagement.net/food-beverage/study-quantifies-cost-savings-reducing-food-waste