Corporate Social Responsibility

Climate Change and Eco-Tourism

Climate change is happening at a more rapid pace than ever before and represents the biggest challenge to humanity of the next 50 years.

Meanwhile, the tourism industry has been growing extremely rapidly across the planet in the past 30+ years and is continuing to grow. Worryingly, it currently represents a staggering 8% of all carbon emissions worldwide.

This has encouraged the growing trend of lower carbon holidays and eco-tourism. Follow the Camino, and our other brand One Foot Abroad, are taking action to make our products as sustainable and eco-conscious as we can. As a company, we aim to have a net positive impact on the planet across our operations, and to mitigate the carbon footprint of our customers.

It is essential that companies and the travel industry take responsibility to reduce the negative impact on our planet as much as possible.


We believe in treating all people fairly and supporting those who need support. It will take everyone to make the way we live on our planet more sustainable, so you cannot have an eco-friendly strategy without being inclusive. Travelling is an incredible way to meet people from many different backgrounds and interact with them in a meaningful way. We want all our interactions to be positive and equitable.

All people should be treated equally and with respect, regardless of their gender, age, sexuality, level of ability, nationality, background, or beliefs. We promote inclusive practices in working with our suppliers and partners on the ground across Spain, Portugal, France, and beyond.

We also aim to help differently abled people to pursue the Camino themselves with whatever level of support we can provide.

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Our Actions

We believe in taking meaningful actions to make a positive impact on our environment. Everyone needs to act now. When it comes to climate change, we are running out of time.


  • We operate as a digital-first business, encouraging people to work remotely. This reduces the carbon cost of running an office and each staff member commuting.
  • We reduce the number of different devices used in operations, so we reduce tech waste.
  • We service old laptops to extend their lifespan and reduce tech waste.
  • We use online meetings to avoid flying to meet in person.
  • We buy local goods and support small businesses where possible.
  • We have bicycle parking for staff at all of our co-working spaces.
  • We are reducing our paper/hard copy material, going digital first, and opting for recycled/sustainably sourced paper where needed.
  • We have covered the cost for key employees on our Sustainability Committee to attend a carbon literacy program that empowers them to make decisions that can help to reduce their individual footprint.
  • We track the carbon footprint of each customer’s journey to allow us to reduce our emissions or offset them wherever possible.
  • We encourage our clients to be aware of the environment while they travel, trying local food over important goods and plant-based meals as more sustainable alternatives on their journeys.
  • Follow the Camino has purchased a piece of natural bog (wetland) in Ireland, which we will be restoring with our sustainability partners to increase our organisation’s carbon capture figures. This is a further strategy for offsetting.

Projects we collaborate with:

  • Efficient Cook Stove Programmes: Kenya, provided by co2balance UK. These sustainability advocates run projects around the globe, including one providing improved cooking solutions that reduces the demand for unsustainable fossil fuels in Kenyan homes.
  • Green Restoration Ireland Cooperative Society. This organisation campaigns for the restoration of Irish natural habitat in forestry and bogland to aid with carbon capture from the environment and increase Irish biodiversity. 
  • United Nations World Food Programme. We donate €10 a month and per staff member to the UN World Food Programme, which is tackling global hunger.


  • We have fair hiring policies to ensure we hire based on merit.
  • We pay a fair salary in line with the local living wage wherever our employees are.
  • We take a zero-tolerance stance on workplace harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
  • We foster long-term relationships with suppliers and screen for behaviour we don’t agree with.

The United Nations Global Compact

In order to make a stronger and more structured commitment towards playing a positive role on those issues, we joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2018. This scheme provides a framework for us and other stakeholders to take action in this global effort as well as monitor the effects of our operations.

Through the UNGC framework, we monitor our impact on human rights, labour, the environment, and fighting corruption.

Ask us about Sustainable Travel options

We would love to help you plan your next sustainable, conscious travel adventure. Walking holidays are a fantastic way to connect with a new country or place and learn about the world in a more meaningful way.

Read more about being an eco-tourist here:


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