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YHA's Environmental Policy

YHA is committed to sustainable development, which means meeting the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We practice this through trip

a) People

  • Ensuring YHA’s activities complement and advance the society in which it operates.
  • Ensuring YHA staff are participating in a learning and development environment that inspires them to service excellence.
  • Maintaining a commitment to a safe and healthy work environment which respects, supports and develops staff.
  • Providing hostel accommodation experiences to guests which encourage interpersonal, educational and cross-cultural experiences.
  • Participating in local communities so that hostels contribute to the social fabric of those communities.

b) Planet

  • Minimising YHA’s impact on climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of all aspects of operations
  • Developing and operating hostels in accordance with HI’s Sustainability Charter.
  • Contributing to and/or co-ordinating specific environmental projects, both nationally and in the local community.

c) Profit

  • Ensuring YHA’s financial viability into the future.
  • Embracing the values of sustainability in making financial and business decisions.
  • Committing resources and finance in support of triple bottom line activity and projects.
  • Actively encouraging YHA’s suppliers and business partners to adopt sustainable business practices.
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