UN Sustainable Development Goals
African Adventures is a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which aligns our work to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognise that ending poverty must go hand in hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Launched in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
They stimulate action in five critical areas of social and economic importance: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. This translates into 17 Goals, 15 of which African Adventures is committed to driving in the areas we work.
By being a Signatory to the UNGC, we commit to providing an end-of-year report on our progress. This holds us accountable for the decisions we make and the work that we do, and it ensures that we retain a focus on the goals in question, giving our work real meaning.
Every year, we publish a Communication on Progress (COP) report to show how we've helped advance the UN's SDGs.
minimising our footprint
We're on our way to going carbon neutral.
We're so serious about our commitment to the environment, we have written the steps we're taking to minimise our carbon footprint into our business plan. We already adopt a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle policy to minimise waste, and we run a carbon neutral UK office. Each year, we calculate all the carbon we generate from our energy usage, staff travel and anything else that might have a negative impact, and offset it through our Gyapa stove programme in Ghana.
Gyapa stoves for families in the Volta region.
A Gyapa stove is a Gold Standard certified, energy-saving stove, which requires 50% less fuel than a traditional open coal pot. Each one helps avoid about half a ton of carbon being dumped into the atmosphere every year. Gyapa stoves help reduce deforestation, which remains a significant challenge in Ghana. They're also cheaper to use than open coal pots, meaning low-income families can reduce their energy costs once they've switched. We've piloted a programme which saw Gyapa stoves given to low-income families in the Volta region every year, and we hope to roll this programme out further in the future.
We're committed to upholding human rights throughout our operations.
As a Signatory since 2018 to the UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, we’re committed to upholding human rights throughout our operations. We take our work seriously, and ensure that modern slavery, or any other human rights issues, are not present in, or connected in any way with, our business operations.
To find out more, take a look at our approach to protecting human rights and preventing modern slavery.