Travel is an incredible gift – it opens our eyes to the unique cultures and breath-taking beauty of the natural world. But with this gift comes a responsibility – to protect the world as we know it. As proud supporters and members of the TreadRight Foundation, we are committed to safeguarding the environment, communities and wildlife of the destinations we promote.
At Thompsons, we take the care of our local communities and environment seriously; we regularly donate time and resources to helping local orphanages and care homes and have participated in Mandela Day outreach each year. We've also partnered with Avis to support the PINK Initiative in aid of breast cancer awareness, and raised money for CHOC with our sponsored swims of the annual Midmar Mile race.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
This is our ethos. We recognize our responsibility to leave a positive impact on the planet we call home, the people we visit, and the wildlife we find there. We manage our impact in two ways; as a business through our sustainability goals, detailed in How We Tread Right, and through our TreadRight Foundation.
Our efforts to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® focus on:
- Planet – Protecting our landscapes and natural resources through conservation and sustainable practices.
- People – Ensuring that the true economic benefit of tourism is felt by local communities.
- Wildlife – Protecting our world’s wildlife and advocating for ethical wildlife experiences.
HWTR + OUR 11 GOALS
Launched in 2020, How We Tread Right (HWTR) is Brand X’s five-year sustainability strategy. It is the sustainability blueprint for us and our sister brands under our parent company The Travel Corporation (TTC).
Our strategy consists of 11 sustainability goals anchored to the United Nations’ Global Goals, which guide the way we are addressing climate change, sustainable food production, waste reduction, travel experiences, diversity and inclusion, and wildlife: the six main issues that we are currently focused on as a business.
Learn more about how choosing Thompsons Holidays means choosing a travel company that puts sustainability at the heart of everything we do.
To learn more about progress we are making against these goals, view our Impact Report here.
OUR ROAD TO NET ZERO:
Since the launch of our sustainability strategy, global action on the world’s response to climate change has continued to advance. We have matched that advancement through our decision to commit to net zero.
Our Climate Action Plan outlines how we will reach net zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2050 from a 2019 baseline year, with accompanying near-term and long-term targets that are validated by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). Our primary focus is to decarbonize, the most effective means to address climate change. To enable that, our parent company The Travel Corporation has established the following validated science-based reduction targets:
Net Zero Target: Our Sustainability Goal 1
- Reach net zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2050 from a 2019 baseline year
Near-Term Targets (2030)
- Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 46.2% by 2030 from a 2019 base year
- Reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services, business travel, and use of sold products 27.5% within the same timeframe
Long-Term Target (2050)
- Reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions 90% by 2050 from a 2019 base year
To cementour commitment to decarbonize, in 2022 we launched a Carbon Fund – a fund dedicated to financing initiatives to reduce the carbon emissions of our business. This fund is a bold step towards prioritizing the planet and will be used solely for initiatives that contribute to our net zero journey and help restore our planet. Progress made by this fund will be reported on in future Impact Reports.
To further support our journey to net zero, our TreadRight Foundation will prioritize and invest in nature- based solutions developed to address climate change as well as the rapid loss of biodiversity. Learn more about TreadRight and our projects.
We encourage you to read about our carbon measurement methodology, learn more about our Climate Action efforts, and view our recent Impact Report at our Impact Hub.
Thompsons' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey started many years ago, and in 2021 we launched our DEI Strategy and formalized specific and actionable goals across three core business functions: People and Culture, Travel Experiences, and Marketing and Communications. Learn more.