This list by Fast Company brings together businesses from around the globe and across sectors that are finding new and creative ways to make an impact. While this isn’t the first time Intrepid has made the cut, this is the first year they’ve been recognised beyond the travel category, ranking third overall among the top 10 companies in corporate social responsibility across all sectors.
Fast Company recognised Intrepid’s commitment to become a more diverse and inclusive travel company. This includes an ongoing commitment to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour’s (BIPOC). This is what they have been doing:
1. We launched our first trip dedicated to Black culture in America
We recently launched our first ever trip that is 100% centred around Black culture in America – Charleston to Savannah: Exploring Gullah Geechee Culture – which you can read more about in Anela’s story about her recent experience on the trip.
2. We introduced more experiences that empower BIPOC travel
Last March, we launched eight new experiences on trips in the United States that celebrate BIPOC culture – from visiting the only Black-owned cooking school in New Orleans to spending a full day with a Lakota guide on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
3. We invested in Indigenous tourism in Australia
In Australia, we increased the number of Indigenous experiences on our trips over fourfold, which are estimated to have injected over half a million dollars into First Nations businesses last year.
4. We introduced the travel industry’s first ethical marketing guidelines
We kicked off 2022 by putting brand-new ethical marketing guidelines into action. No other travel company had published this kind of plan before. Our guidelines are driven by a single proposition: how can we hold ourselves accountable in becoming a more diverse and inclusive brand?
5. We’re committed to a more inclusive Intrepid
We’re certainly nowhere near finished with this work. For 2023, we have over 100 Indigenous experiences on trips around the world, beyond Australia and the United States and into Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya, Guatemala and more. On our trips, in our offices and through the voices we amplify and the stories we share, we’re committed to building a more inclusive Intrepid and shaping a more diverse travel industry.
Learn more about Intrepid’s approach to responsible business.