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Australia-first: Leading International Hiking Specialist Raw Travel Becomes a Certified B-corp

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RAW Travel – Australia’s leading international hiking specialist – is proud to announce its certification as a registered B Corporation.

B Corporations (or BCorps) are a growing community of leading companies who are redefining business by balancing purpose and profit, using business as a force for good. BCorp Certification involves a rigorous independent assessment of social and environmental performance across five impact areas: Governance, Employees, Community, Environment and Customers.

RAW Travel Founder Dave Reynolds has set the bar high since RAW’s inception almost two decades ago and continues to lift the bar for travel to positively impact communities and the environment, “Part of the value of B Corp is that it is a difficult certification to achieve, so people can have confidence in that standard, in a time when there has been a lot of ‘greenwashing’”, he says.

Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director of B Lab (responsible for certifying B-Corps) says, “We are delighted to welcome RAW Travel to the B Corp Community. Their commitment to doing business differently will be an inspiration to others and really help spread the idea that we can redefine success in business to be as much about people and planet as it is about profit. We know that RAW Travel is going to be a fantastic addition to the community and will continue driving the conversation forward.”

RAW Travel is now part of a community of over 2788 businesses globally who have certified as B Corps. The cross-section of industries and sizes include well-known brands like Intrepid Group, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Australian Ethical Super, Alessi, Koala and Beyond Bank Australia.

Dave Reynolds says, “We are proud to play our part in supporting local communities. Our staff volunteer 3 days a year to support a range of causes. We also ensure we limit the environmental impact of our walks. We want people to continue to explore and feel positive about their experience. We carbon-offset all trips including flights booked with us and plant native trees on behalf of our customers to support local biodiversity projects.”

RAW is set to become Australia’s first climate positive hiking company in 2020 with the added bonus that costs are not passed on to travellers.

RAW eliminated single-use plastics some time ago and is now actively engaging with local communities to help reduce their plastic footprint, dedicates time to cleaning up beaches and waterways and funds targeted education programs.

RAW’s environmental and social initiatives form part of the company’s bold ‘10% for the planet’ initiative. The company donates 10% of its profit to carefully selected sustainability programs.

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