¡Azuluna Ecolodge! Modelo de gestion socio ambiental

¿Quién ha dicho que no es posible emprender un negocio con justicia social??

Azuluna Ecolodge, miembro de la Asociación Ecuatoriana de Ecoturismo, es un ejemplo en donde a más de generar una rentabilidad económica también lo está haciendo a nivel ambiental y social.
El manejo de su gestión económica conjuga criterios de economía social y solidaria. Se está apoyando al desarrollo de la economía local, a través de prácticas de comercio justo Lire la suite

Responsible Tourism and CSR

What is Responsible Tourism ?

Responsible Tourism was defined in Cape Town in 2002 alongside the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This definition, the Cape Town Declaration is now widely accepted.

Responsible Tourism is about « making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. » Responsible Tourism requires that operators, hoteliers, governments, local people and tourists take responsibility, take action to make tourism more sustainable. Lire la suite

A Good Example of Ecotouristic Center: Las Guacamayas

South-East of Chiapas is full of « Eco » places but very few really develop standards of sustainability and responsibility. Hopefully, THE HERITAGE ROUTE did another long detour close to the Guatemala’s border and visited the Ecotouristic Center « Las Guacamayas », near the Biosphere Reserve of Montes Azules (BRMA). A very inspiring and relaxing experience of responsible tourism…

Las Guacamayas is one of the few projects in Chiapas where environmental protection, social development and tourism activities have a real interaction. Where the word « Eco » has real meaning and materializes into action, and where the community engagement, passion and its long-term vision are particularly noteworthy. This is one of the reasons why the Sur la Route du Patrimoine’s Team went there. Lire la suite

PATAGONIA’s Efforts on Behalf of Nature and People

The Project has met the Social and Environmental Responsibility (SER) Team of Patagonia in Ventura, California, on August 19th, 2013. We visited the “living” place of the company’s headquarters with Ms. Diana Trigo, SER Analyst.

What is Patagonia?

In 1973, Yvon Chouinard founded the PATAGONIA company, using his skills and experience from Chouinard’s Equipment. It focused mainly on high-end outdoor clothing. It designs, develops and markets clothing and gear for a wide range of outdoor sports, travel and every day wear, and are best known for our innovative designs, quality products and environmental conscience.

Why Be a Responsible Company?


Too much has been said about the eco and human rights-friendly Patagonia. Patagonia is recognized as the highest social and environmental company, and that’s not for nothing. There is still quite a lot to say and the road is still long to become the perfect Responsible Company (read this). It is when we’ve visited their headquarters in Ventura, that we realized how serious Patagonia considers its social and environmental responsibility. Lucky employees there! We really felt comfortable in the different areas designed for employee’s happiness… Lire la suite

ALTER ECO’s Business Model that Makes all Food-chain Intermediates Happy

Alter Eco USA Marketing Manager Mr. Antoine Ambert was interviewed by Sur la Route du Patrimoine Project, San Francisco, USA, May 2013.

About Alter Eco

Alter Eco USA is a pioneer social company engaged to fight for social and economic justice in the food supply chain. It employs about 12 collaborators. Alter Eco was first founded in France by Mr. Tristan Leconte, fond of travels and good food, who tried first to trade fairly the Roibos from South Africa.. As an alternative trading organization, they specialize in the import and distribution of Fair Trade products while directly benefiting farming communities in the Global South. Alter Eco offers only 100% fair trade, organic, non-GMO products and Carbon Zero certified. Alter Eco food offer includes the ancient super grain Royal Quinoa from the Bolivian Andes, Heirloom Jasmine Rice from Northern and Eastern Thailand, Latin America-grown and Swiss-made dark chocolate bars, and unrefined ground Mascobado cane sugar from the Philippines. Lire la suite

TECK – Commitments to Responsible Development of Canada’s Largest Diversified Mining Company

Interview with Ms. Dara Edmonds, Sustainability Programs Officer at Teck on March 12th, 2013

Canada is known for very abundant natural resources. This abundance of natural resources is an engine of economic activity that is essential for many resource-based industries like mining. Mining and its related industries are critical for Canada socio-economic development as for environment and community impacts.  The question now is: How to balance this economical industrial potential with a way of activity align with sustainable development requirements?

Ms. Dara Edmonds is part of sustainability programs office at Teck, a 100-years old company and the largest Canadian diversified natural resources company. She explained their approach to different issues that matter to ensure responsible mining and mineral development. Mining can have significant social, economic and environment impacts. At Teck, their relationship with communities is the foundation of their work and they have developed deep connections to the communities in which they operate. This relationship is critical, both to support the growth of local communities and also to ensure social support exists for its operations and « to have community together to follow our goals ». Teck is committed to consultation and collaboration with local communities that have lived on and occupied the land for generations and generations. Lire la suite

EcoTrust, One of the Best Social Responsible Companies

Front of the office

Front of the office

The Project team met M. Mike Mertens, Director of Spatial Analysis at Ecotrust. We had a short insight of the main activities and current challenges of Ecotrust Forest Management that was named “Best for the Environment” as one of the top performers among B Corporations worldwide.

Sixty-three companies across 30 industries and 11 countries were recognized by the nonprofit B Lab, with the release of the B Corp “Best for the Environment List”, a second installment in its B Corp “Best for the World” series.

Founded by Spencer Bebee in 1991, Ecotrust aims to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental wellbeing. Its goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.

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Rainforest Action Network: Environmentalism with teeth

For the first time, we have heard about the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) while talking with an expert dealing with the Corporate Social Responsibility in the USA. The RAN has been developing a unique strategy to influence patterns of production of large companies and make them more responsible. 100% in the target of our project! Even if did not have the opportunity to meet someone working there, we gathered some information about this NGO to share with you.

A l'office du Rainforest Action Network

A l’office du Rainforest Action Network

The RAN is headquartered in San Francisco, California with office staff in Tokyo, Japan, plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens around the world. We believe that a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children. Lire la suite

Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility Across-Borders: Canada

As part of our ongoing effort to understand the most important characteristics of any society Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) matters, we are contacting the CSR key-entities in each country that the Sur la Route du Patrimoine Project will pass by.

We have been welcomed by the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), a non-profit member organization with a mission to accelerate and scale corporate social and environmental sustainability in Canada and challenge the « business as usual » model.

Here below you’ll find the report of our interview made at CBSR,Vancouver, that will be part of our general study about CSR Across-Borders :

What is Corporate Social Responsibility about in Canada? Lire la suite