At Venture Uganda we try hard to be a responsible company and promote responsible travel. We are not perfect and always welcome feedback to help us improve further. In an effort to be ethical, we:
- Treat our clients in a fair way, offering honest descriptions of our services, explaining clearly what is/is not included in our prices and doing all we can to ensure they have a wonderful visit to Uganda and have a positive impact on the environment or local people
- are a Ugandan-registered company with offices in Uganda so all the money clients pay stays in Uganda.
- use local suppliers where possible e.g. for transport, restaurants and accommodation. We also pay national park fees to the Uganda government.
- employ Ugandan staff and are committed to their welfare and the training
- promote Uganda as a holiday destination
- use responsible lodges and hotels in many of our safaris which have a range of green features such as solar energy, tree planting, organic gardens and community projects in their locality
- support community tourism and conservation initiatives by taking clients to visit them
- are corporate member of Nature Uganda
- advise our clients on how to recycle and properly dispose of rubbish during their visit (in a land with few rubbish bins let alone recycling stations!)
- feel ‘travel broadens the mind’ and supports developing economies but we acknowledge that there is a price to pay and so we encourage our clients to participate in carbon off-setting schemes and have our own tree planting scheme
- try to run an environmentally responsible office for example, by recycling what we can or minimising printing
- have a website hosted at a data centre that is a member of The Green Grid.
- provide opportunities for clients to interact with local people and encourage the sharing of experience
- promote cultural sensitivity between guests and visitors for example explaining what is acceptable behaviour in Uganda, when it is appropriate to take photos or discouraging local children from begging from tourists
- inspire guests to ‘re-think’ developing countries and to continue to advocate for or support them after going home
- support development initiatives by taking clients to visit them
- design and deliver study tours focusing on development studies which enable student to gain a better understanding of the realities on the ground to support their theoretical work