Our HI mission, defined in 1932, is one of the earliest examples of sustainable tourism by encouraging a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the social and cultural values in all parts of the world. The concept of “hostelling” implies sharing square meters and common areas that facilitates global interaction and at the same time allows us to achieve a low carbon footprint compare to other accommodation providers.
We are aware that tourism will never be completely sustainable as every industry has impacts, but we are committed to do our best to become more sustainable. That is why in 2010, at the 48th HI Conference in China all our Member Associations approved, unanimously, our “HI Sustainability Charter” with the following targets:
As part of the Ecological branch of sustainability, we aim for our youth hostels and leisure activities to be environmentally friendly and compatible with the countryside. In order to achieve it and among many other initiatives taking place around the world, in 2012 we launched the HI Sustainability Fund. (Extra information about HI initiatives and commitments can be found on http://www.hihostels.com/web/sustainable-tourism.en.htm)
What is the HI Sustainability Fund?
The HISF (Hostelling International Sustainability Fund) was launched in April 2012. The HI traveller can donate a small amount of money per overnight through our booking platform www.hihostels.com to HISF in order to help our network to reduce their CO2 emissions.
Since we implemented the HISF through hihostels.com we have collected around £60,000. The HISF will help hostels financially to implement new initiatives to achieve the targets set by the HI Sustainability Charter and encourage our Member Associations to increase their commitment to sustainability and strengthen our network.
After over a year of collecting donations, 15 projects have applied for grants from the HISF (Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, England & Wales, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and USA) and now is the time to select the projects that will receive funding.
The maximum amount of funding each project can be granted is £25,000 therefore we have the capacity to fund several projects
Voting Period: 16th July till 30th September 2013 Voting closed!