Sustainability: A footprint we are proud of
Hurtigruten is the world leader in exploration travel, and the world’s largest expedition cruise company. This comes with a responsibility to ensure that sustainability is integrated across all of our operations. With the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, we focus on innovation, technology and concrete measures to explore as responsibly as possible.
Hurtigruten has been operating in and exploring some of the most challenging waters in the world since 1893; our roots go back to the Norwegian polar heroes. Today we are facing the greatest and most difficult challenges in our more than 125-year history. Climate change, plastic waste and unsustainable mass tourism, which are all altering vulnerable ecosystems and threatening wildlife.
As we enter a new era of expedition crusing and adventure tourism, Hurtigruten aims to raise and set new standards for the enture travel industry.
That is why we
- are building the first ever hybrid-electric powered expedition cruise ships
- are the first major travel company to have removed single-use plastic from all our entire fleet and our hotels
- invest in educating our guests and creating ambassadors for every destination on every voyage through actively engaging guests in the cultures we visit, the ecosystems we explore, and the consequences of climate change we observe
UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework
Our business and operations directly impact many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially those linked to responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, and more. This is where we believe we can have the most positive impact--for society as a whole and for our business, both now and in the future.
In addition, we have chosen four SDG goals that represent our very foundation, our licence to operate. These are goals related to quality education, gender equality, peace, and justice. They represent the values that sit at Hurtigruten's core, and are embedded in everything that we do.
Building on our passion, competence and heritage, Hurtigruten – with our dedicated crew and staff - is determined to address these challenges. We will leave behind a footprint we are proud of, contribute to sustainable development and create positive change through our operations.
Hurtigruten Sustainability report 2018: A footprint we are proud of
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