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Charmission Sustainability Policy

Time: 2019-07-24

As a travel company who engages with various stakeholders in tourism, namely consumers, tour guides, travel agencies, hotels, transport companies, restaurants, and attractions,Charmission Travelunderstands our key role and influence in the sustainability development of tourism. Therefore, we are committed to promoting sustainability. We aim to follow, implement and promote good sustainability practices to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts on tourism of our operations and to influence our clients and partners to do the same.

Our sustainability policy is divided into 10 themes. Each theme consists of a set of principles and practical actions accordingly.


1. Sustainability Management & Legal compliance

We commit to sustainability management, practiced by these following actions:

·To have an appointed employee who is responsible for sustainability coordinator tasks;

·To havea sustainability mission statement that is communicated to customers, partners and suppliers;

·Tohave an accessible and written sustainability policy that aims for a reduction of the negative social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of the company’s activities; and includes employee related health and safety aspects;

·To collaborate and actively involved inexternal forums and working groups which are supportive to sustainability in tourism;

·To conduct baseline assessment of the company’s performance on sustainable practices;

To have sustainability action plan with clear targets, actions, measures, responsibilities and time planning;

To develop documented procedures to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the sustainability policy, objectives and targets;

To ensure company’s transparency in sustainability by public reporting and communicating;

·To ensure that all staff are fully aware of our Sustainability Policy and are committed to implementing and improving it.

We commit to complying with all national legislation, regulations and codes of practice.


2. Internal management: social policy & human rights

We commit to sustainable internal management by having clear written and well-communicated social policy that includes the following principles:

·To grant employees the freedom of employment and contract termination with notice (ideally minimum one month) and without penalty

·To include labor conditions according to national labor law and a job description in the employment contract;

·To provide medical and liability insurance according to the national law;

·To grant employees fixed paid yearly holiday and sick leave and unpaid annual leave allowance;

·The staff has more paid vacations than requested by Chinese labor laws.

·Besides the paid vacations at one’s disposal, we even have one or two trips (in total 9-14 days) paid/arranged by the company annually.

·We have flexible working time. People may work more during high season and less during low season. They can also choose to come to the office (and leave the office) a bit earlier or later than normal according to their own needs. In total the working time is less than the legal requirement.

·During each week, every staff is entitled to have an extra half day off without any reason besides Saturday and Sunday.

·We have breaks for having fruits and snacks paid by the company every day. There is always abundant tea supply in the tea room of course.

·We give an allowance per staff to enable the team to have some meals/fun events together every month, within a department or together with another department.

·We provide a fund and a free day for the team to have some activities or short trips during each season.

·Staff incomes are well above the average where we are located. A big majority of the company profit goes to our whole staff. We ensure everyone get what they are qualified for. Before fixing the salary each year,we always communicate with each staff to reach a mutually satisfied solution.

·To have health and safety policy for employees which complies to national legal standards;

·To have aclear disciplinary procedure that is effectively communicated with employees;

·To have a measurement system foremployee satisfaction on a regular basis;

·To provideperiodic guidance and training for employees on roles, rights and responsibilities regarding health and safety issues. This includes fire and relevant natural disasters;

·To create opportunities for students in participating in traineeship/internship/apprenticeship;

We commit to practice human rights by ensure the enforcement of following practices:

·To declare not to hindertrade union membership, collective labor negotiations and representation of members by trade unions;

·To 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;

·To ensure all employees have an equal chance and access toresources and opportunities for personal development through regular training, education;


3. Internal Management: Environment and community relations

We commit to practice environmental protection and enhance community relations by ensuring the enforcement of following practices:

·Actively reduce the use of disposable and consumer goods;

·Favor the purchase of sustainable goods and services, office and catering supply, giveaways and merchandise;

·Purchase products in bulk, to reduce the amount of packaging materials;

·Set copy and printing machines by default to double-sided printing or other forms of paper saving modes;

·Use cleaning materials which are non-hazardous, non-eutrophic and biodegradable and are certified with an eco-label, if locally available;

·Implement measurements to reduce brochure wastage or an 'internet only' policy;

·Have an active commitment to measure, monitor and reduce energy consumption;

·Calculate and compensate CO2 emissions and compare different periods;

·Purchase green energy and energy efficient lighting for all areas, when available;

·Switch off Lights and equipment when not in use, use automatic switch on/off system with timers or movement sensors and set equipment by default in the energy saving mode, where this is feasible;

·Prefer low energy equipment when buying new items, including considerations of cost and quality;

·Have an active policy to reduce water consumption, implemented and monitored on a monthly or yearly basis for benchmark purposes;

·Use sustainable water sourcing, which does not adversely affect environmental flows;

·Install water saving equipment in toilets, re-use waste water and/or collected rainwater;

·Comply with the national 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 organize collection and proper disposal;

·Implement waste reducing methods when using ink and toner cartridges for printing and copying, whenever feasible;

·Comply with national legislation of wastewater treatment, which should be reused or released safely;

·Measure and reduce staff related travel and use more sustainable modes of transport. Calculate its emissions, with the aim to reduce and compensate, through a reliable locally available program;

·Reduce transport related impactsby tele-work, tele/video meetings, work-at-home policies or other means;

·Provide periodic guidance, training and/or information to all staff members, about their roles and responsibilities with respect to internal environmental practices;

·Base planning, design and construction of new buildings or renovations, on locally appropriate and feasible sustainable practices and materials;


4. Partner agency

Based on an inventory of our key partner agencies, wehave developed and implemented a policy to improve sustainability of our partner agencies. Our aim is to make sustainable development concrete to each and every partner within our business.

We commit to this by:

·Minimalizing the ecologic footprint of the office by travelling mainly via public transport, working as paperless as possible;

·Paying attention to the local benefits of communities when selecting local accommodations and their social policy for employees;

·We convey our sustainability policies to our partners through booking the sustainable tours with them.

·Evaluating the sustainability practices regularly of our key partners to ensure their practices are truly sustainable;

·Ensuring that partner companies comply with all relevant national laws.


5. Transport

We try to ensure that vehicles used on tours do not cause more than average pollution. We believe that transport is an important aspect of sustainable tourism, and we do our best to decrease the average pollution level.

We commit to this by:

·Selecting the most sustainable options considering price and comfort when selecting transport options to the destination;

·Including sustainable (public) transport to the point of departure for the international/long distance journey;

·Considering and giving preference to more sustainable alternatives when selecting transport options for transfers and excursions in the destination, taking into account price, comfort, and practical considerations;

·Integrating and/or promoting one or more sustainable holiday products/packages based on a recognised methodology, including sustainable transport, sustainable accommodations, and sustainable activities.


6. Accommodations

Wetry to achieve a tourism supply chain that is fully sustainable. The partner accommodations play an important role in achieving this, and are stimulated and motivated to adapt sustainable practices.

We commit to this by:

·Preferring and selecting accommodations that are locally owned and managed;

·Selecting accommodations that employ local communities;

·Working with accommodations and restaurants that incorporate elements of local art, architecture, or cultural heritage; while respecting the intellectual property rights of local communities;

·Terminating cooperation with accommodation in case of clear evidence that contracted accommodations jeopardize the provision of integrity of basic services such as food, water, energy, healthcare, or soil to the neighbouring companies.;


7. Excursions and activities

We value animal and community welfare extremely high and aims at tours that only leave a minor footprint. We are safeguarding the authenticity of the communities and the natural environment, and are strongly against harming wildlife and polluting the environment.

We commit to this by:

·Having an inventory of environmentally or culturally sensitive excursions which are offered in each destination;

·Advising guests on behaviour standards during excursions and activities with a focus on respecting the local culture, nature, and environment;

·Communicating our sustainability objectives and requirements to contracted and other relevant excursion providers by distributing this information via code of conducts, representative agents, social media, email, discussions, and/or meetings, to minimise negative visitor impact and maximise enjoyment;

·Not offering any excursions that harm humans, animals, plants, natural resources such as water and energy, or which are socially and culturally unacceptable;

·Not offering any excursions in which wildlife is held captive, except for properly regulated activities in compliance with local, national, and international law;

·Not being involved with companies that harvest, consume, display, sell, or trade wildlife species unless it is part of a regulated activity that ensures that their utilisation is sustainable and in compliance with local, national, and international law;

·Having skilled and/or certified guides to guide our guests in sensitive cultural sites, heritage sites, or ecologically sensitive destinations;

·Promoting and advise our guests on excursions and activities which directly involve and support local communities by purchasing services or goods, traditional crafts and local (food) production methods, or visiting social projects;

·Promoting and advising our guests on excursions and activities which support local environment and biodiversity such as visiting protected areas or environmental protection projects;


8. Tour leaders, local representatives and guides

Weaim at involving as many locals as possible by employing them in the tourism business. We stand for a fair and safe working environment that supports and respects local communities.

We commit to this by:

·Ensuring that all employees have a written employment contract, including labour conditions and a job description, and fully understand the terms and conditions;

·Preferring to work with local tour leaders, local representatives, local tour guides, porters, drivers, cooks, and other local staff in case of equal ability, and provide training as required;

·Ensuring that our local partners comply with all applicable international, national, and local laws and regulations, industry minimum standards, and any other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements are more stringent;

·Paying tour leaders, local representatives, guides, porters and other local staff contracted by us at least a living wage that is equal to or above the legal minimum or relevant industry standard;

·Ensuring that our tour guides, hosts, and other employees under contract are qualified and trained regularly;

·Ensuring that our local employees are informed on relevant aspects of our sustainability policy and comply with it, by newsletters,references or supplements to contracts, emails, or training and information sessions;

·Offering a specialsustainable travelmodule in the trainings program for local tour guides and hosts, in which the main responsible tourism aspects are brought to attention followed by the role expected from the employees. This module will also include knowledge regarding the destination and its relevant sustainability aspects;

·Having our tour leaders, local representatives and guides inform clients on relevant sustainability matters in the destination (e.g. protection of flora, fauna, and cultural heritage, resource use), social norms and values (e.g. tips, dressing code and photography) and human rights (e.g. sexual exploitation);


9. Destination

We aim to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts at destination to ensure the sustainable development of the places that we operate in.

We commit to this by:

·Consider sustainability aspects in the selection process of new destinations and possibly offer alternative, non-mainstream destinations;

·Not selecting destinations in which tourism leads to structural negative local effects, (unless the company's involvement results in clear counter balancing effects);

·Consider selection of new destinations, which are reachable through more sustainable means of transport;

·Comply with legally based spatial planning, protected areas and heritage regulations.Also with destination management strategies of local, regional and national authorities;

·Support initiatives that improve the relationships between accommodations and local producers;

·Influence and support local government (when possible, together with other travel companies and stakeholders) concerning sustainability, destination planning and management, use of natural resources and socio-cultural issues;

·Support biodiversity conservation, including protected areas and areas of high biodiversity, throughfinancial contribution, political support, and integration in product offers;

·Not promote souvenirs which contain threatened flora and fauna species as indicated in the CITES treaty and the IUCN ‘Red List’; or historic and archaeological artefacts (except as permitted by law);


10. Customer communication and protection

Customers welfare and information are very important to us. At Charmission Travel, we ensure clear and constant communication and high protection to our clients.


Prior to booking, we commit to this by:

·Make available a company guideline for client consultation, which is followed by client advisors;

·Ensure that customer privacy is not compromised;

·Comply with relevant standards and voluntary codes of conduct in marketing and advertising messages, and not promise more than is delivered;

·Make product and price information clear, complete and accurate, with regard to the company and its products and services, including sustainability claims;

·Provide destination information, including sustainability aspects, which is factually correct, balanced and complete;

·Inform clients about the environmental impact of different transport options to reach the destination (in case these are not included in the package), and to offer sustainable alternatives, where available;

·Inform the customer about sustainable alternatives concerning accommodations, excursions, package holidays and transport options, if available;


After booking and during holidays, we commit to this by:

·Inform customers about risks and precautions related to health and safety matters in the destination;

·Keep a contact personand a telephone number permanently available for emergency situations;

·Train personnel and keep guidelines available, on how to deal with emergency situations;

·Motivate clients to use local restaurants and shops (where appropriate);

·Inform clients on sustainable transport options in destinations, when feasible;


After holidays, we commit to this by:

·Measure systematically client satisfaction and take into account the results, for service and product improvements;

·Have clear procedures in case of complaints from clients;

 

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