The sustainability challenge in business ……by definition …..Corporate sustainability is an approach aiming to create long-term stakeholder value through the implementation of a business strategy that focuses on the ethical, social, environmental, cultural, and economic dimensions of doing business.

Did you almost fall asleep reading that?

I can guarantee your average customer would have switched off. The environmental sector is riddled with jargon and bastardised phrases that really mean very little to anyone and are even more difficult to demonstrate in a meaningful way. As an environmentalist, sustainability consultant, carbon footprint auditor and very critical consumer, I do tend to close my eyes, shake my head and take a deep breath a lot. So much of what I read and see coming from corporate communications departments is uninformed, mostly unintentional greenwashing and regardless of the intention, it remains largely meaningless jargon for the average man on the street.

Straddling the worlds of a consultant in the responsible tourism industry in Africa and the environmental, carbon footprint management business, one of our more regular debates is around the idea that long haul holidays are just a bad idea. How can you reconcile being a responsible, ethical tourist and at the same time contributing to climate change because of the CO2e emissions from long haul flights?

Course Aim

This course will introduce the concept of Greenhouse Gasses, Carbon Footprint Management and Carbon Tax to business leaders, SHEQ managers, entrepreneurs and environmental practitioners who wish to better understand the concept of a Greenhouse Gas Inventory, how to go about calculating your organisations Carbon Footprint and understanding the recently introduced Carbon Tax Act. 

Tourism is arguably one of the most negatively impacted sectors of the economy under the global coronavirus pandemic. There will be inevitable impacts on travel and tourism in a post Covid 19 World and it's likely these changes will be felt for a very long time. But this also represents an opportunity for tourism industry role players, especially smaller SMME's to position themselves well and benefit from the recovery in the medium term. In terms of trends, this is what we are expecting and advising our clients to prepare for:

Baba Dioum, a Senegalese nature lover was once famously quoted as saying "In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.

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