It is important for us to ensure our clients experience all the wonders and magic a destination has to offer, but at the same time, we aim to continuously understand and acknowledge our social, economic and environmental responsibilities and the impacts of tourism, to strike a balance in every project that we work on. By treading lightly and responsibly and working together with our host destinations, we can contribute to both sustainable travel, and the preservation of the places, people and environments that inspire the love of travel.
We are a member of Travelife and we have started the process and work towards complying with international sustainability standards.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ELEPHANT WELFARE
The Asian Captive Elephant Standards (ACES) is an independent enterprise helps to protect elephants, staff, and visitors who believe in responsible interactions. It provides the methodology, guidance and on-site support to ensure all captive elephants are receiving the highest level of welfare possible. The goal is to ensure Asian elephant welfare while meeting the needs of the local community, mahouts and tourism stakeholders, certifying elephant experiences in Southeast Asia.
There are currently over 10,000 captive Asian elephants, and the treatment of these has rightfully become a subject of ethical concern across the world and the tourism industry. The reality is that the vast majority cannot just be released into the wild. While Asian elephant numbers in the wild are classified as an endangered species, poaching is rampant, and forest degradation and agricultural encroachments on protected areas creates human - elephant conflicts. A successful captive elephant management program on the other hand, educates care-takers, supports breeding programs giving the ability to conserve elephant genetic diversity, provides veterinary and nutritional training and provides jobs and opportunities for local communities and mahouts who may otherwise face poverty.
At 8th Wave, we believe that the best way of tackling this is by encouraging sustainable and audited elephant experiences and promoting responsible practices, by seeking out and working together with independent auditing organisations like ACES who provide training and support for more responsible captive elephant management. This helps us ensure that we only work with ethical elephant sanctuaries, as well as other environmentally sustainable companies advocating responsible tourism.
ON CHILD PROTECTION
As a responsible and ethical travel company, 8th Wave Events & Destinations has joined The Code
(The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Exploitation in Travel and Tourism), to take concrete actions to prevent this.
In order to fulfil our commitment to counteract exploitation of children in travel and tourism, we have created a working policy of procedures, training of all staff, contractual clauses with clients and partners, reporting of possible cases to local authorities/NGOs and submission of reports to The Code Organization. We will set a Zero tolerance of any exploitation of children throughout our operations and in the communities in which we operate; any potential cases where a child is in danger will be reported immediately either internally, to Hotel Management or directly to relevant law enforcement.
The Code has been acknowledged by various United Nations organisations as a good practice example of tourism private sector and non-governmental organisational collaboration to combat exploitation of children.