Tashi have developed this Sustainable Development Policy to identify, monitor and improve the environmental and social aspects of the company. We are committed to promoting, following and implementing sustainability to maximise positive impacts and minimise negative impacts on tourism from our operations, and to influence our partners to do the same.
The Sustainable Development Policy applies to all Tashi employees and partners.
Themes and Goals
The Sustainable Development Policy is divided into 3 themes consisting of a set of principles and actions.
The themes are:
- Internal Management;
- Developing a global community of sustainable tourism operators
1. Internal Management.
Tashi commits to internal sustainability management, practised by following actions and principles that ensure environmental protection, enhance community relations, and protect human rights.
(a) Social Policy and Human Rights:
Tashi commits to:
- Grant employees the freedom of employment and contract termination with notice (ideally minimum one month) and without penalty;
- Include labour conditions according to national labour law and a job description in the employment contract;
- The wage rate is to be mentioned in the contract and equals or above the national legal wage;
- Determinate and compensate for overtime working hours based on agreement;
- Grant employees fixed paid yearly holiday and sick leave and unpaid annual leave allowance;
- Comply with the health and safety policy for employees which complies to national legal standards from the co-working space the company operates in;
- Operate in a space where first-aid sets and trained staff are available at all relevant locations;
- Obey national concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment;
- Create opportunities for students to participate in an internship;
- Declare not to hinder trade union membership, collective labour negotiations and representation of members by trade unions;
- Ensure that employees are free to enter or leave their employment through their own choice without penalty (in accordance with their contract).
- Prohibit discriminations, regard to recruitment, conditions of employment, access to training and senior positions, or promotion in terms of gender, race, age, disability, ethnicity, religion/beliefs or sexual orientation;
- Ensure all employees have an equal chance and access to resources and opportunities for personal development through regular training, education.
(b) Environmental Management actions and principles:
Tashi commits to:
- Switch-off lights and equipment when not being used;
- Prefer low energy equipment when buying new items, including considerations of cost and quality;
- Actively reduce the use of disposable and consumer goods;
- Favour the purchase of sustainable goods and services, office and catering supply, giveaways and merchandise;
- Comply with the legislation concerning waste disposal;
- Take action to reduce the amount of (non-refillable) plastic bottles of drinking water for office use;
- Separate all materials which can be recycled and organise them for their collection and proper disposal;
- Use products twice or three times when possible;
- Avoid harmful or hazardous products or products which need, and give preference to environmentally friendly alternatives;
- Set copy and printing machines by default to double-sided printing;
- Reduce transport-related impacts by telework, tele/video meetings, work-at-home policies or other means;
- Encourage employees to use environmentally conscious methods of transport when commuting to work, i.e. walking, cycling and public transport;
- Provide environmental guidance, training and information to all employees;
- Encourage employee involvement.
2. Developing a global community of sustainable tourism operators.
Tashi has developed and implemented a policy to improve the sustainability of our partners as part of its ongoing operations and Learning Academy.
Tashi is committed to realising a future where all of tourism' supply chain is fully sustainable. Tashi fosters a sense of community among its members and encourages them to do their part to realise this goal as part of our ongoing operators.
Tashi's community model consists of 3 pillars that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 3 Tashi community pillars are:
- Benefit the community by hiring local staff, provide fair wages and support locally-owned businesses (SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10);
- Protect cultural heritage by celebrating cultural diversity alongside the conservation of wildlife and nature. Incorporate elements of local art, architecture, or cultural heritage; while respecting the intellectual property rights of local communities (SDGs 11, 16, 17);
- Be friends of the earth by proactively work towards a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment, with a special focus on waste management, water and energy-saving (SDGs 7, 12, 13, 14, 15).