ARA Tours considers our environmental impact, from now and in the future, and takes steps to reduce the use of resources in order to reduce unwanted impact on our operations and service providers.
As part of this policy, we´ve made a good practice manual which has been developed in the office, which includes a series of recommendations and implementations in some areas, such as waste management, use of power, management and consumption of water and use of material resources.
In addition ARA Tours is fully committed with important national laws and frequently we inform our compliance to our staff and clients:
In addition, our guides and drivers are properly aware of good practices during passenger care, for which the company has developed the best practices guide for guides and drivers.
We are aware that our actions have an impact, both on the environment and on those we relate to. Therefore, in order to improve our environmental, social and economic performance, we have implemented the necessary mechanisms in Sustainable Management, which are being reviewed periodically.
With this we aim to: Adopt the necessary measures to avoid or minimize the environmental and social impacts of our activities that are negative. Manage the organization in a sustainable way, so that it is respectful both with humans and with the environment.
ARA Tours has signed an Internal Code of Conduct for the protection of children and adolescents against commercial sexual exploitation in travel and tourism since 2005 to date.
This Code confirms ARA Tours´ commitment protecting Costa Rican children. It implies supporting the initiatives that are developed in order to support this program, as well as collaborate in the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, through a firm attitude of rejection before any action that promotes it.
Our team fully supports this initiative. Each and every one of us remain vigilant to avoid actions aimed at affecting minors.
We inform our clients about this program and our commitment through our tour guides.
In addition our business partners are aware of our commitment and we are pleased to know that more and more allies choose to protect the future of this country, with this type of initiatives.
For more information: http://www.ict.go.cr/en/sustainability/code-of-conduct.html
Since 2017, Costa Rica launched its commitment to go Carbon Neutral by 2021 according to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. For this reason, the companies committed to this agreement have developed internal policies to mitigate their environmental impact.
The term "carbon neutral" refers to when the greenhouse gases emitted by a company are neutralized by the combination of reductions and compensations applied by the company.
Proudly, ARA Tours received on November 2, 2018, the Carbon Neutral certificate awarded by Earth University, accredited by Costa Rican Accreditation Entity (ECA); which allows us to be included within the carbon neutral goal in 2021.
The main objective is to achieve a balance between what is produced and what is reversed to be equal to zero, in its formula: Emissions - Reduction - Compensations = 0
During the process followed, we presented at the Earth University, an organization accredited by ECA, an annual report indicating the measurements of our gases and the work we have done to reduce and compensate that footprint. ARA Tous is committed to having environmental policies according to the country´s requirements that support the enviromental objectives of a sustainable and responsible tourism.
Apdo 799 – 1007
San José, Costa Rica
Licenced by the Costa Rican Tourist Board: Lic ICT OT 293
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