I recently wrote about Responsible Travel and the role social enterprise hotels can play in sustainable travel practices. However, I quickly realized that not only have the majority of people not heard about social enterprise hotels – but they have no idea how to find them! Quick recap – social enterprise hotels are operated for the good of the local community. A lot of hotels are focusing more and more on their effect on the environment (I’m sure you’ve all seen the words eco-hotel in recent years) And that’s great – I’m pleased to say that the majority of hotels have conservation policies in place regarding energy and water consumption etc as a bare minimum. However in the pursuit of corporate responsibility, social responsibility can often be sidelined. Social Enterprise hotels  – in their purest form – are run on a not-for-profit basis, where revenue generated from the hotel is given back to charitable endeavors and programs which help the local community. In this post I have listed every Socially Responsible Hotel that I can find across 6 of the 7 continents – and tell you how the income they generate is used to help the community.

Responsible travel may seem like a buzzword – but the message behind it is important. Pop on over to my responsible travel post for a run down of the 4 main principles of responsible travel with actionable tips of how you can help if you are little unsure. This post expands on the first principle – to help the local community and by making little changes to our usual habits – like staying in a socially responsible hotel where possible – we can help make a difference.

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Socially Responsible Hotels & Where To Find Them

 

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN NORTH AMERICA

In The USA

11 Howard (5* Boutique Hotel)

Respoonsible Travel - Socially Responsible HotelLocation: 11 Howard, Soho, New York NY 10013
How are they Socially Responsible? 11 Howard has partnered with the Global Poverty Project – an international education and advocacy organisation working to catalyse the movement to end extreme poverty; Feed – a program creating products which fight against extreme poverty through the provision of school lunches in developing countries; and Groundswell – which partners with local community organizations to create collaborative public arts projects.
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Stanford Inn by the Sea (4* Eco-Resort)

Respoonsible Travel - Socially Responsible HotelLocation: 44850 Comptche Ukiah Road, Mendocino, California CA 95460
How are they Socially Responsible? The Stanford Inn look at reducing impacts on the environment and providing the healthiest context possible for guests, diners, staff, and the surrounding community. They work for social equity for their staff in order that they can survive in a very expensive region. They also provide educational programs in gardening, cooking, nutrition, yoga and meditation onsite, along with sponsoring community arts, theater, athletic events and programs.
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In Canada

YWCA Hotel Vancouver (2-3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? The YWCA Hotel Vancouver is a hotel with a heart and a mission. All the money from your stay at the hotel goes toward YWCA Metro Vancouver programs and services to help women and children in the community – such as affordable housing, single mother support services and free hot meals in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (For full list click full list click here)
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Skwachays Lodge (4*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? The Skwachàys Lodge is a boutique hotel located at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods, catering to visitors seeking unique accommodation with a cultural twist. The modern boutique hotel is also a social enterprise that will give back 100 percent of its profits to the non-profit society and local aboriginal community.
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YWCA Hotel Banff 

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How are they Socially Responsible? The YWCA Hotel Banff runs a small hotel and the revenues from this business are reinvested to support community programs, affordable residence and to pay wages. The Mission of the YWCA Banff is empowering women, girls and our community through leadership development, advocacy, and the provision of relevant programming and services.
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Hotel Y Montreal

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How are they Socially Responsible? The Hotel Y Montreal is a 3* star hotel is 15 mins walk from the McGill University and Bonaventure Metro. As with other Y properties,  the revenues from this business are reinvested to support community programs, affordable residence and to pay wages. The Mission of the YWCA Montreal is empowering women, girls and our community through leadership development, advocacy, and the provision of relevant programming and services.
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In Mexico

Playa Viva (4* Eco luxury Lodge & Yoga Retreat)

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How are they Socially Responsible? “Where Your Vacation Meets Your Values” Playa Viva provides an opportunity for tourism to do more than spend money on a hotel only but really engage deeply with the local community in giving to areas of real interest to guest and create real change. Projects they support include organic farming program for ecosystem development providing technical support to local farmers; development of a buying agreement with US Organic Food companies to ensure demand for farmers; Farm to Table Program working to build resilience of local food system; Pack for a Purpose program to support local schools and clinics and a clean beach project working with local not-for-profits.
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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN EUROPE

In England & Scotland

The Wesley Hotel (4*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? In the heart of London, The Wesley is the UK’s first certified Ethical Hotel and supports marginalized students and young people across the UK and overseas supports educational projects in Kenya.
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Good Hotel London 

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How are they Socially Responsible? Good Hotel London is a profit for non-profit floating hotel with a waterfront location and rooftop terrace offering panoramic views. They offer extensive hospitality training to the long-term unemployed to help them reintegrate into society; stimulate local business through the use of Ingredients, materials and labour from local small business owners and craftsmen; and internationally, they fund the education of children from low income families in the mountain regions of Guatemala.
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Tower House, Oxford (3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? The hotels profits go to the Oxford Hub to support university students engaging in social action in both their local community and beyond. Projects include: School Plus – student volunteers tutor struggling schoolchildren; Branch Up – activity days for children giving them the chance to go to museums or the zoo when they otherwise wouldn’t;  and LinkAges – helping tackle elderly isolation by matching student volunteers to people living alone, running activity sessions in care homes and giving IT lessons.
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The Beach Hotel, Minehead 

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How are they Socially Responsible? The Beach Hotel is fully committed to helping young people in the community to shine. Offering apprenticeships, training and support to develop the talent in the kitchens and other services. Many of their apprentices go on to become full time additions to the energetic and professional staff team.
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Callander Hostel, Central Highlands,Scotland

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How are they Socially Responsible? Callander Youth Project Trust aims to improve the quality of life of young people, aged 11-25, in Callander and the surrounding rural area by maximising their potential through access to the best possible recreation and educational facilities, support and resources
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In Austria

Birgkarhouse, Hochkonig (near Salzburg) (3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? Ideal in its location and unlimited in its potential, Hotel Birgkarhaus also has a very unique way of spending its profits. As a social enterprise hotel, ALL profits are reinvested back into social justice and social enterprise initiatives both locally and internationally. 25% of all profits go to inclusive disability skiing and 75% are directed to the COINS Foundation to redistribute to worthwhile causes.
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Hotel Magdas, Vienna (2*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? The Magdas Hotel in Vienna is a social enterprise designed to provide opportunities for migrants that have arrived to Austria as refugees. Currently employing about 20 migrants, it’s mission is to improve people’s lives. Just by staying the night, you are helping make this social enterprise a success, while growing opportunities for migrants and refugees in Europe. Starting in 2017, all G Adventures travelers staying in Vienna will overnight at the Magdas hotel, helping to support its unique and important business model.
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RELATED: 48 Hours in Vienna – Things to Do, Where To Stay and Where to Eat

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In Germany

hotel grenzfall, berlin (3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? Hotel Grenzfall describes itself as an Integration Hotel. The concept of an integration hotel originated in Hamburg. In 1987, the parents of eight children with varying degrees of disability joined together in the Initiative Werkstadthaus e.V. and then brought to life a project that was unique in all of Europe – the Stadthaushotel Hamburg: where disabled people have lived and worked together since 1993. ‘Embrace Hotels’ (who own the Hotel Grenzfall) followed this concept and now have hotels in a variety of European Countries. They are committed to living the concept of integration on a daily basis and understand integration as teamwork .
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RELATED: 48 Hours in Berlin – Things to Do, Where To Stay and Where to Eat

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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN OCEANIA

In Australia

Song Hotel, Sydney (3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? Owned and operated by the NSW YWCA, they have promoted the ‘profit for purpose’ fundraising model since 1984. Revenue from the hotel is used to fund YWCA programs and services such as domestic violence support, women’s refuges, homeless support, mentoring for young women, financial literacy, and life skills.
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In The Cook Islands

Ikurangi (Eco Retreat) 

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How are they Socially Responsible? Ikurangi Eco Retreat is committed to the environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability that tourism can bring to the community. All guests are invited to participate in our “mana tiaki, protect a little paradise” campaign which aims to promote long term environmental awareness (both on holiday and after returning home) and raise funds among visitors to the island that go toward one of five key focus areas: biodiversity, climate change, youth engagement, waste management and ecologically sustainable development.
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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN CENTRAL AMERICA

In Costa Rica

Cayuga Collection (Luxury & Sustainability across 8 Properties)

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How are they Socially Responsible? A collection of 8 luxury hotels throughout Costa Rica (with 1 in Nicaragua) that are raising the bar when it comes to sustainable tourism. All of their decisions are based on a commitment to the triple bottom line model: people-environment-economics. They follow the highest ethical standards and take responsibility for their actions and in all their hotels they buy local, employ local,  promote sustainable food practices, encourage genuine engagement with the community and the work tirelessly to improve on the already industry leading sustainable practices.

In the past few years they have set up the charity Earth Equilibrium and they currently channel their donations and community support efforts through this organization. Their primary goals are to provide school supplies for students and classrooms; provide textbooks for students; provide small infrastructure like desks, chairs, shelves & improve current infrastructure like bathrooms and toilets.
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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN SOUTH AMERICA

In Brazil

Mirante do Gaviao (Amazon Lodge) 

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How are they Socially Responsible? They employ members of the local community and support a local non-profit that promotes education and conservation by training local teenagers on woodworking and on the local environment so they become local guides and environmentalists.
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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN AFRICA

In Malawi

Tongole Wilderness Lodge

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How are they Socially Responsible? Tongole Wilderness Lodge is dedicated to operating the business in the most sustainable way possible and with a commitment to making a positive impact to the surrounding communities. The lodge provides significant training and employment opportunities in a very poor region of the country. The safari activities on offer to the lodge’s guests have been carefully selected to have as low environmental impact as possible in order to protect this pristine region. Tongole Lodge was built with locally sourced and sustainable materials and self-sustainable systems like solar power generation have been installed. Finally, at the heart of the Tongole Wilderness Lodge is The Tongole Foundation; a community upliftment charity, which has a real and lasting impact on the community, providing hope and pride in this beautiful area.
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In Uganda & Rwanda

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge (4.5*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? Clouds was designed, built, and managed by WildPlaces but is owned by the people of the local Nkuringo community. The Nkuringo Gorilla group was habituated specifically in order to garner the participation of the community in the conservation of the gorilla habitat. The community earns a significant share of the revenue generated by the lodge and there are many spin-off benefits from these earnings.
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Wildplaces Apoka Safari Lodge (4.5*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? The company  has established an ongoing relationship with the village of Lokorul which lies on the outskirts of the Kidepo Valley National Park. Beyond hiring almost exclusively from the village and offering professional training, WildPlaces has engaged them in developing tourism activities. Guests can now visit the village and see how the Karamojong live. They can spend time learning about preparing the local food and building a kraal. They can chat with the village elders and participate in activities with the children. WildPlaces relationship with Lokorul has enabled them to build a village clinic and we have facilitated regular visits with a doctor in the region.
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VOLCANOEs SAFARIS & Volcanoes Safaris PARTNERSHIP TRUST

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How are they Socially Responsible? Along with hiring locals to work on property and to build and maintain their lodges, they support the community by buying land to resettle conservation refugees, such as the Batwa tribe. In 2017 alone they will transfer 18 families currently squatting on farm land to land of their own in newly built homes, in their tranditional standard.

Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT) officially opened their first café, the Bwindi Bar. Located near Volcanoes Safaris’ Bwindi Lodge on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the café is staffed by disadvantaged youths living near the Bwindi National Park in Buhoma. It is hoped that the training they receive will boost their future prospects.

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SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE HOTELS IN ASIA

In Cambodia

House Boutique Eco Hotel 

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How are they Socially Responsible? The hotel strives to play an active part in supporting the community in which we operate and offer our employees an environment that puts their development at its heart. The hotel recruitment and training systems ensure that people from local hospitality NGOs are able to access employment opportunities and develop the skills required to progress within roles at House Boutique.
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Soria Moira Boutique Hotel (3*)

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How are they Socially Responsible? Soria Moria are committed to minimize their negative impacts on the environment and communities, and focus on sustainability and capacity building in people. Through their Employee Ownership Scheme the local employees have become partners and majority owners of the business, accounting for 51% of the shares. Soria Moria also only employs local staff and provides good working conditions and onsite training and development for them. All department heads are locals, and weekly sessions are held to develop and train them in problem solving, communication and management skills. Their long term aim is to let the local staff be able to manage the day to day operation on their own. They also have a trainee program, higher education programs alongside language and literacy classes.
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In The Philippines

Makabata Guesthouse & Cafe

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How are they Socially Responsible? Makabata Guesthouse and Café is a social enterprise where every cent generated goes back into supporting Bahay Tuluyan’s programs and services for children. Makabata Guesthouse and Café serves as a training ground for young people of Bahay Tuluyan where they gain valuable skills as part of our Independent Living Skills program. The skills they gain while working at Makabata Guesthouse and Café help them to make a successful transition into the workforce.
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In Indonesia

Hotel Orangutan

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How are they Socially Responsible? We are a not -for -profit  start-up, partnering with the local community to focus on improving the lives of the Bukit Lawang villagers, habitat , orangutans and other  local wildlife through eco-tourism and conservation. 
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That’s a wrap folks. Hopefully this article will give you pause for thought when you’re looking for travel accommodation and it becomes more of a habit to find socially responsible hotels. They are an important part of the responsible travel mindset – and by choosing to stay at one, you can have a positive impact on the local and global community.

The idea is that this post will become a central directory for socially responsible hotels – so if you know of any not listed above, please shoot me a message at maketimetoseetheworld(@)gmail.com

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