TO EDUCATE OUR TRAVELERS by
- promoting values important to us such as sustainability, biodiversity, respect for local people, traditions, animals and the environment on tour, on our local events , through social media ( Facebook, Twitter and Instagram ) and on our website
- featuring Slow Food Presidia (worldwide initiatives that support quality production at risk of extinction) on ALL our tours through visits and tastings
- featuring Agriturismi (a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism in a partially or totally transformed farmhouse) for accommodations and, when available, meals as well
TO CONSIDER ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS such as our customers, employees, suppliers, community and the environment. We work hard to limit our impact and support the community and are very proud to be a certified B Corporation
TO MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT by
- recycling plastic, water and paper not only at home but also on tour and on our events, reducing and properly disposing of all litter
- purchasing carbon footprint offset certificates from reputable organizations which invest in renewable energy and methane capture projects, such as Terra Pass, and Carbonfund which support emission reduction projects in communities around the United States.
- planting trees to offset our carbon emissions with Treedom, whose mission is to make the world a better place, one tree at a time
TO AVOID FOOD WASTE by trying to order food at all meals in the right and satisfying amounts
TO INVEST IN THE PLACES WE VISIT AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHARE OUR VALUES by
- donating more than 1% of our annual sales revenues (as of December 2019 we have donated more than $22,000) to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations. We are a proud member of the 1% for the Planet. See below who we support
- featuring restaurants, farmers and artisans who produce “good, clean and fair food”
- organizing local events and volunteering for food literacy organizations such as Community Servings or similar
Please feel free to contact us for suggestions and comments,
On our tours and local events we love to promote those food literacy and environmental organizations who move us and inspire us to do our part supporting the local communities. We also support them through direct donations and volunteering.
So far we have found the following great food literacy and environmental non profit organizations which “fight” for food justice and a healthier planet for all:
- 1% for the Planet building, supporting and activating an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet
- Carbonfund “fighting” against climate change. We buy their emissions reduction projects certificates to offset part of our carbon emissions. This is a nonprofit member of 1% for the Planet
- Cooperativa Dalla Stessa Parte creating jobs for differently-abled people in agriculture and manufacturing services
- Cooking Matters empowering families with the skills to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy meals so their children get nutritious food at home
- Hawthorne Valley Farm producing high quality, biodynamic and organic foods while providing farm-based learning experiences for children and adults
- Hawthorne Valley Association committed to social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture and the arts
- Island Creek Foundation envisioning a world where all people have uninterrupted access to nutritious, sustainably grown food.
- Massachusetts Horticultural Society founded in 1829 is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment
- Patagonia Action Works supporting grassroots activists working to find solutions to the environmental crisis
- Rainforest Alliance building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis
- Slow Food linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to local communities and the environment
- TerraPass “fighting” against climate change. We buy their emissions reduction projects certificates to offset part of our carbon emissions. This is a B Corporation that help individuals and companies to reduce their climate impacts
- The Nature Conservancy protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends
- Treedom planting trees to offset carbon footprints. See here how we do our small part to help. This is another B Corporation
- Vermont Fresh Network advancing relationships among farmers, chefs, and consumers to grow markets and eat more locally grown food
- Water.org visioning safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all, in our lifetime
- Wholesome Wave fostering linkages between local agriculture and under-served communities, imagining a more vibrant and equitable food system for all people
Food.Stories.Travel. became a Certified B Corporation in 2014. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Food.Stories.Travel. was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders (e.g., workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment).
As of the end of 2019, there are over 3,000 Certified B Corporations around the globe from 70 countries, over 150 industries with 1 unifying goal. We are proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.