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Travel is a Powerful Instrument
For Change
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It's Our Responsibility
To Protect the Places We Explore
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Tread Lightly
And Discover With Care

The TreadRight Foundation, established by The Travel Corporation, is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.

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At The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Established and funded as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide.

TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world.

By providing grants to organisations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that define each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s “World Legacy Awards”, WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin. The foundation has recently launched new project partnerships with WildAid and The Wilderness Foundation as part of the global effort to stop rhino poaching in Africa.

Our Work with Happy Hearts Fund on Rebuilding Prithivi Secondary School post the Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people, and leveling homes and buildings across the country. Children’s educational facilities were decimated, with 8,000 schools destroyed and some 25,000 classrooms damaged. Rounds of aftershocks led to a second earthquake, this one of 7.3-magnitude, with many of the hardest hit areas located in hard-to-access outlying regions.

In November, Happy Hearts Fund staff joined with HHF founder Petra Nemcova to travel to Nepal to assess the damage caused by the earthquake and align with partners on the ground. They were staggered by what they saw: children studying in dangerous, collapsing buildings like the Prithivi Secondary School in Bidur village, where over 350 girls and boys were at risk every day.

On the second floor of this two-story school, the walls had literally fallen away from the building structure, leaving students in perilous physical jeopardy of falling. Stairs leading up to this level had also crumbled during the quake, leaving a most dangerous path to the second-floor classrooms.

With any additional small shake, the entire school could tumble to pieces. However the children were so hungry for education, and placed such value on learning, that they remarkably showed up for class and braved the treacherous building day after day.  The desire to attend school far outweighed their fears, even the fear of death.

The Transformation:

In January of 2017, we dedicated our support with Happy Hearts Fund and celebrated the opening of a much stronger and more resilient Prithivi Secondary School.  The very school that one year earlier was sadly unsafe had become a symbol of hope for the whole community—children, families, teachers, community leaders, and business owners.  Everyone gathered for the opening ceremony, which was a truly beautiful moment to share. Under the leadership of a director who has poured his heart and soul into every detail of the school’s operations, the project has and will continue to positively impact the surrounding region.  However the greatest achievement by far is that over 350 children now study in a safe, resilient school, where they can access their human right to education, and build bright futures.

Connect with TreadRight

With over 40 offices situated globally, supporting green initiatives in our local communities is something we hold dear and with the greatest importance. Discover how we are helping to keep our communities clean to better preserve our natural habitats for those that both reside here with us as well as for those that come to visit us as travellers.

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As a leading Global Travel Company and as part of the global community, we have the opportunity and responsibility to positively impact the destinations in which we operate. The Travel Corporation and our family of brands are committed to leading by example through our Corporate Social Responsibility practices, continually working to further embed the principles of sustainability into the core our business. Led by a dedicated CSR team and a centralized process, our senior management team and 10,000 employees across the globe are committed to achieving our sustainability goals.

TTC and our family of brands are actively working to reduce our footprint, having lowered our energy usage by 320,000 kWh over the last two years. We have also decreased water usage by 35% and natural gas usage by 58% over that same period and are committed to reducing our paper utilization by transitioning to e-documents and investing in new technologies throughout all our offices.

 

Our employee volunteer initiatives provide TTC team members with paid time away each year to volunteer and give back within their own communities. TTC volunteers have helped out in more than 200 communities in 20-plus countries across six continents and we’re actively collaborating with key sustainability initiatives by supporting local environmental efforts and empowering the communities we visit.

We remain firmly committed to consistently evaluating and improving our operations as we continue to build a more sustainable organization now for the future.

Brett Tollman, Chief Executive

The Travel Corporation has always strongly believed that travel and tourism companies play a vital role in protecting the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites and communities both in where we live and where we travel to.”