As we continue to grow as a company, we want to ensure that our impact upon the Earth and the society which surrounds us is not affected by the activities we undertake in the process of making profits.
2016 was a big year for us, responsibility wise. We had the student that we were sponsoring in Surat Thani to go to university graduate from her degree. Hard to believe it was 3 and a half years ago that we first met her. Since she was studying so much, she graduated earlier than the usual 4 years it takes to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Thailand.
This past year has also been a first for us, environmentally. For the first time ever, we went carbon neutral. Although we had to go through an American non-profit in order to achieve this, we are going to continue to look into how we can more closely work with Thai producers of carbon credits in the future.
Looking forward in 2017, the plan is to bring more of our environmental efforts in house so that we don’t have to rely on carbon credits so much. We have already reduced paper consumption to near nil, but we are yet to properly start composting our coffee and tea inside of the office to reduce landfill.
We will also be looking to help non-profits with their marketing efforts. Our best skill is the way we can drive traffic, and in many cases our expertise is more useful than simply giving money. To begin with, we will be seeing what we can do to help out Rural Assistance Nepal, as well as seeing if Shayne Rochfort (a local expert in Chiang Mai when it comes to NGO’s and volunteering) is someone who can hook us up with the people who need our skills.