Corporate Social Responsibility of an adventure tour operator in Nepal
Our founder Rajesh Kumar Tamang aka Raj, believes that Charity begins at home. He says our biggest asset is our staff, consisting of happy porters, talented support crew, trekking chefs, and expert trek leaders. He says, “We value our staff highly.. after all, happy staff makes happy customers! We have handpicked and trained all of our field staff who are experts in their duties to make your trek enjoyable.” Responsible Adventures is committed to a fair-trade approach and practice, namely Genuine Responsible Tourism. Providing our staff with a dignified working environment is of utmost importance to us. We pay our team a generous wage to help them make a better life for themselves and their families. Another aspect of our CSR is making sure most of your money will benefit the region and people you are trekking with. Despite being a relatively small company, we have set our standards and integrity high. Our handpicked and highly trained employees can proudly say that we provide excellent value for money and unparalleled trekking services in the Himalayas.
Looking beyond our company walls, Raj has been volunteering as an instructor of Wilderness and Advanced Wilderness First Aid training to teach Trek leaders and trekking guides of international tour operators since 2011.
After the massive earthquake in April and May 2015, Raj helped Non-profit organizations by providing his employees as volunteers to help bring relief materials to affected villages in certain parts of Nepal.
He has volunteered to educate children on the policies of leave no trace on hiking trips. He teaches the children to leave nothing but footsteps and take nothing but the appreciation of nature.
In December 2015, he went to the remote villages of Solu Khumbu, where most of his employees come from, with some donations to help partially with the maintenance and construction of schools.
Raj has volunteered as a “Medic” for some outdoor events such as Nepal NCA Mountain Bike Championship on March 19th, 2016. Bhote Koshi express a kayak competition from October 25th until 29th October and Kathmandu Mountain Bike Festival from the 18th to 20th October 2016.
In December 2017, Raj donated a small amount to the Ekata Mahila Sangh (United Women’s Association) of Hakula, Solu Khumbu, a small donation to empower women in this remote village. In turn, they made Prakriti Rai (then three years old) our oldest, most loyal staff, Chandra Rai‘s daughter, a lifetime member.
Ekata Mahila Sangh was the recipient of another small donation in 2018 to continue its excellent work in empowering women in their village.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity
2019 RA helped women trained by Creative Hands of Deaf Women.
Our CEO met with two executives of the Deaf Federation (mutual friend, our CEO’s schoolmate in Singapore) for a friendly coffee in winter 2020. Raj came up with an idea to help the women trained to sew by using his connection to one of the 3 shareholders of an Elite Private school – Kastamandap Vidhalaya in Kathmandu by ordering school uniforms stitched by deaf women. Kastamandap Vidhalaya also employed a young Deaf lady to teach art in their school.
In 2020, Responsible Adventures helped a woman entrepreneur who runs a beauty parlour with a small interest free loan to stock up her shop with products to support her husband financially during the pandemic, bringing the tourism industry to a complete halt.
RA also started a social enterprise to empower women further. The priority will be given to disadvantaged women. The COVID 19 pandemic led to the increase of face masks by the population of the world. However, we have also read or watched news reports of disposed used masks washed down to the oceans, damaging our environment.
Raj knew about Hemp’s face masks upon brainstorming and doing market research – a natural for here. He began to speak to Women’s organizations such as Amkas Nepal, which helps returnee Nepalese women (most of them are victims of Human Trafficking) to stand on their feet; creative hands of deaf women, and a woman-owned manufacturer of Hemp products from the underdeveloped Far West Nepal about manufacturing Hemp Facemasks.
The plan is to sell to the Hotels in our partnership to give these eco-friendly masks to their employees and their guests. The next step is to approach schools to provide these masks to their employees and students.
We are in the process of recruiting members of the LGBTQ community to fill various positions in our organisation in preparation for the restart of Tourism.
We also offer CSR and Philanthropic trips.