What We Do
We at TCS World Travel are driven by travel’s potential to do a world of good. At the same time, we recognize the impact of travel on the environment and on local populations. Our mission—to enrich lives through travel—applies not only to our guests, but also to the people and places we visit. As a company, our responsible travel efforts are focused on both reducing our carbon footprint and having a positive impact on communities.
We are committed to monitoring and reporting on these projects, and will be updating this page annually to publish the results of our investments.
We recognize the urgent nature of the climate crisis and that aspects of tourism are currently too carbon intensive. Together with our suppliers and partners, we commit to playing our part in de-carbonizing the sector in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) global goals.
To help counterbalance the carbon footprint that results from flying, TCS World Travel is offsetting jet carbon emissions for all group jet expeditions on the big jets. TCS has partnered with Sustainable Travel International, a global non-profit organization with 15 years of experience developing successful carbon offset programs for the travel industry. Sustainable Travel International calculates the carbon footprint of all TCS big jet trips and will purchase highly vetted carbon offsets equivalent to that amount.
In addition, we are measuring and tracking carbon emissions for employee travel with the goal of both reducing emissions and improving our responsible operational standards.
Over the past 19 years, TCS World Travel has donated more than $1.1 million to the Ujenzi Charitable Trust to support the development and adoption of accessible health solutions for the poor and vulnerable across more than 22 countries. Ujenzi Charitable Trust recognizes the impact women have on the health of their families and communities and invests in maternal and child health projects that lead to healthier pregnancies, healthier babies and healthier, more resilient communities.
We also support the work of Gorilla Doctors, a group dedicated to conserving wild mountain and eastern lowland gorillas through life-saving, hands-on veterinary medicine in the wild, as well as through providing healthcare to the surrounding communities. Gorilla Doctors recognize that the health of the gorillas is inextricably linked to that of the entire ecosystem. As such, they not only care for the gorillas in the field, but also further protect them by supporting health programs for people living and working in and around gorilla habitat.
We provide our guests with local currency at each destination on our trips so they don’t have to exchange money to purchase minor souvenirs. Upon departure from each destination, we collect leftover local currency and donate it to UNICEF to help make a difference in the communities that need it.
Annual Employee Volunteer Days
TCS World Travel sponsors two employee volunteer days per year where our staff leaves the office to work on projects that impact our immediate Seattle area. One day has a focus on community building through projects like sorting items at a local food bank, hosting a group activity with a local women’s and children’s organization, and cooking meals for families caring for sick children. The other has a focus on sustainability through projects like beach cleanup or salmon habitat restoration.