Khiri Travel has been certified in the
Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP) run by Sustainable
Travel International (STI).
Khiri earned the award after only two months by
satisfying over 20 environmental criteria to meet bronze level
The award designates Khiri Travel as an
"eco-certified STEP tour operator".
To achieve the accreditation,
Khiri was audited on 12 December by an STI eco-auditor who
assessed Khiri's past and current actions and future pledges on 21
criteria, including water consumption, supply chain management,
greenhouse gas emissions, use of pollution prevention vehicles,
buying locally produced products, client education, and
receptivity to critical feedback on green issues.
Khiri measured its staff travel over the last
year and realized it had to plant 50 trees to offset those carbon
emissions. Together with the Plant A Tree Today campaign the
company will organize a mass tree planting of at least one hundred
saplings in a mangrove forest near Bangkok in April.
"By embracing STEP, we've put a measurable
commitment to sustainable practices at the core of Khiri Travel's
operations," said Willem Niemeijer, Khiri Travel CEO. "When we started we implemented not only the
required practices, but looked to see what else could be done. For
example, we changed all our non-recycling batteries to
rechargeable ones and installed motion detectors for the lights in
In the STEP program each participating company
can work its way from bronze certification (baseline) to silver
(intermediate), gold (advanced), and platinum (industry leader).
Niemeijer said that Khiri Travel will
consolidate its bronze status in early 2014 and start working
towards higher certification goals by the end of the year.
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