Scoring & Awards
We have created a comprehensive eco scoring system for the trips we offer. We are continuously refining our system and working with suppliers to ensure the information we provide is accurate.
Our eco scores are evaluating the trips we offer based on over 10 categories. Evaluation categories include: conservation, carbon emissions and offsets, betterment of the local community, and energy source and efficiency.
We have added sustainability awards to each trip page to highlight the unique steps each operator is taking to increase their positive impact on the planet. See our categories below:
Many of our trips are ocean or water-based, and water is a precious resource that many places lack adequate access to. We are spotlighting operators who take steps to reduce water consumption, purify their own water on-site, and implement state-of-the-art water treatment systems, among others.
The most effective method for shrinking a carbon footprint is to go straight to the source: reduce energy consumption and implement alternative energy sources. Our awards in this category focus on operators that are installing renewable energy projects and implementing energy efficiency policies and procedures.
Our operators are taking inventive steps to reduce their carbon footprints associated with travel: from introducing new ship fleets with unique designs that protect the reefs and purify all their own water, to simply ensuring that all company vehicles are either hybrids or fully electric.
We’re championing operators that recognize the negative effect construction of new structures can have on the surrounding environment and occupants. Exceptional examples of innovation in this category include: utilizing recycled building materials that are free from harmful chemicals and sourcing materials and cleaning products from sustainable, local sources.
Carbon emissions and offsets are currently hot topics in the travel industry, and with good reason. Tourism is responsible for approximately 8% of the global carbon footprint. Our awards in this category are focused on operators who are doing comprehensive overviews of their annual footprints and taking drastic measures to reduce them.
An essential component of sustainable development that is often overlooked is the care for local communities. Many of the communities spotlighted by Wild Nectar are reliant on tourism for revenue and basic function. Our awards in this category recognize operators that take steps to protect and empower the local communities they operate in.
Food and agriculture together are responsible for approximately 18% of the tourism global footprint. Many of our operators have partnered with local farms and operations to source as much of their food from the immediate surrounding areas as possible, including sustainable fishing operations.
One of the UN’s top Sustainable Development Goals is to provide quality education to all. We’re working to recognize operators who are going the extra mile to provide educational opportunities to local communities, particularly the education of women and girls.
Wild Nectar is recognizing the exceptional efforts put forth by our operators to fund, implement, and enact conservation programs in local communities. Examples of such efforts include: donating more than $4.5 million to the World Wildlife Fund, upholding strict animal welfare laws, funding and participating in local conservation efforts, and reforesting degraded lands.
A majority of our operators have either made commitments to, or have already banned all single-use plastics company-wide. Additional exemplary actions include eliminating food waste through responsible consumption and composting, as well as implementing innovative closed-loop distribution and waste separation systems.
Our Sustainability Specialist:
Hi There! I'm Addie Melvin and I created these awards with great consideration. I am a mechanical and chemical engineer, LEED-certified, and I’ll be doing our eco assessments and scores. If you have any specific questions, please contact me.
Plastic & waste reduction commitment
We have committed to being plastic-free as an organization by 2025.
Our goal is to be a 100% paper-free organization by 2023 - keeping all records and promotional materials in digital format.
Education & Conservation Commitment
Contribute 2% of our profits to educating girls across the globe:
We pledge to contribute 2% of our profits to educating girls across the globe. Although this may start out as a small contribution, our goal is to sponsor scholarships for women and girls in all regions we operate in.
Contribute 1% of our profits to international conservation efforts:
We pledge to contribute 1% of our annual profits to conservation efforts.
Be carbon negative as an organization by 2025.
Be a carbon-neutral organization by 2023. We will do a comprehensive review of our organization’s operations to understand our carbon footprint, then work with a reputable offsetting organization to neutralize our footprint.
List the carbon footprint associated with each trip and provide our clients with options to offset the emissions associated with their travel.
Our ultimate goal is to offset the carbon footprint associated with each trip as an organization.
We pledge to be thorough in our research for all offsetting methods we utilize to ensure they are having the necessary impact.
We pledge to only work with suppliers and organizations that have sustainable practices and mission statements.
Encourage our suppliers and peers to be ever-evolving in their sustainability practices and goals:
Our goal is to be experts of sustainability in our field, and to share our resources and knowledge with our peers. We want to spread the notion that travel can be a force for good, and encourage our operators and peers to continuously evolve their sustainability practices and goals.