At Lotus Asia Tours, we have always believed that it is our responsibility, both as a company and individuals, to take the necessary steps to avoid or minimise any negative impact produced by our operations. Equally important is, in our unique role as travel agent, the long lasting positive contributions we may provide to our communities and environment.
We are, since long, implementing comprehensive sustainability measures with far-reaching targets and goals. We are not only working internally to reduce our footprint, but also inviting our suppliers, partners, community and clients towards more sustainability.
Credibility is important to us, and that’s why we are engaging with Travelife, a leading training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies. Travelife provides a system which helps tour operators and travel agencies to manage and improve social and environmental impacts by complying with sustainability criteria. In early 2019, Lotus Asia Tours achieved Travelife Partner Status for all the destinations in which we operate: Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The Travelife Partner award is a recognition of our commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
Climate Contribution Tours
Our whole product for free and independent travellers, groups and MICE are based on a Climate Contribution programme. This means that part of the greenhouse gas emissions that will be generated are offset by projects in collaboration with Climate Partner, one of the leading climate protection solution providers for companies.
The arising emissions are being compensated by supporting a third-party certified forest protection project in Rimba Raya, Borneo. The project protects over 64,000 hectares of tropical peat forest from deforestation by offering people in the region alternative sources of income to illegal deforestation.
Reducing our footprint
We set an annual goal to reduce our waste, water, energy and paper consumption and regularly monitor them by recording the data. Various measures to reduce the consumption can be seen in the sustainability policy.
We are taking part in combatting plastic pollution by actively reducing single use plastic within our operation and encouraging our suppliers to do the same. We no longer provide complimentary plastic bottles for our customers and can provide alternative solutions by requesting our team.
We collaborate with our suppliers and raise awareness for the topic of sustainability management.
Staff are trained regularly on sustainability issues through in-office training and internal sustainability memo on various relevant sustainability issues and tips on what actions they can do at work and at home.