B the Change – Certified B Corp
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
In 2017, Global Works became a B Corp, one of the first in our industry. We believe that as a corporation, we have a responsibility to our environment, communities, and employees. According to B Lab, Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Simply put, it’s people using business as a force for good.
Our Commitment to the Environment
Every day we are faced with hundreds of small decisions that impact our environment. Whether it’s choosing to buy recycled and recyclable paper products or encouraging alternative transportation to work, these small acts add up to protect our environment.
As a service-based travel organization that sends trip leaders and volunteers around the world, we are very conscious of our carbon footprint. We are committed to offsetting the carbon produced from flights through a company matched carbon off-set program for trip leaders.
We partner with CanopyCo to support native tree restoration in Ecuador. Each tree planted results in an immediate reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, we offer an optional carbon offset program for our participants and groups.
Our Commitment to Our Communities
We are dedicated to the many communities across the world where Global Works travels. At our home base in Colorado and abroad, we are committed to purchasing locally produced products and services from independent and local businesses. These purchases allow our dollars to be invested in the communities where we live and work. It also promotes job creation in the local economies.
We support the communities where we volunteer by collaborating together on sustainable development projects. Local community leaders and members propose projects based on the community’s needs. Together we look at the viability of the project and map out a plan to ensure sustainability. Community members take ownership of the project and in partnership, we’re able to achieve some pretty amazing results!
Our Commitment to Our Employees
Our staff is our greatest strength! Their knowledge, leadership, and passion ignites the experiential learning process and inspires others. We believe a well-equipped staff, is the best staff. Therefore, we support professional development opportunities for returning staff, such a Wilderness First Aid courses. We also provide yearly intensive staff training, where all employees meet for a long weekend of workshops and sessions.
We are proud to be a Best of the World 2018 honoree for the Best for Workers category. It is awarded to companies that treat their employees well in terms of compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities for workers. The category also focuses on the overall work environment within the company including corporate culture and worker health and safety practices.
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