Sustainability

AT MEET AND GREET

From our founder to our office staff,
 sustainability is a priority for all of us here 
 at Meet and Greet. 

“We aim to become leaders in sustainable tourism in Italy by offering tours that respect and protect the culture, traditions, economy and environment of our beautiful country.

For us, sustainability means bring environmental and social respect together with growth and economic development, with attention to innovation, the help of technology and a lot of common sense.”

Edmondo Boscoscuro

PATH FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN ITALY

We believe that sustainability will be a necessary choice in the next years, but it will take longer to be properly implemented. We think that today is the day to start this journey, working closely with our clients and suppliers, step by step.

 

We studied how to apply sustainability to our business model and to our market area and we decided to go down this road by setting these three goals: (1) Be a sustainable and ethical company, (2) Support the fight against the climate change, (3) Be promoters of change in the tourism industry

We started a series of multiannual activities

Goals

2021

2022

2023

2025

2028

  • Be a sustainable and ethical company


  • Fight climate change

  • Be promoters of change in the tourism industry


Partners Awarness Campaign

Working only with partner who have a certification of sustainability

Working only with partner who have a declared plan of CO2 reduction

that we want to share with you:

ACCOMPLISHED

Our steps accomplished to

become a sustainable and ethical company

  • In 2021 we received the GSTC and TRAVELIFE certifications, formalizing our efforts and actions.

    Receiving a certification means being able to present a framework of activities that will be implemented by the organization to reach sustainability goals. This helps to set priorities and organize the next steps.

    Moreover, certifications can help B2B sales because big companies aim to improve their sustainability and are willing to work with suppliers supporting their goals.

    We are working to become a B Corp: our goal is to get the certification within the first half of 2023.
  • SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

    Our Sustainability Policy sets out how we aim to achieve this and outlines our responsibilities to our cultural heritage, our environment and our people and communities.

  • A GREEN OFFICE

    We operate an environmentally friendly office by: Minimizing energy and water consumption; Using eco-friendly cleaning products; Taking steps to cut waste; Encouraging employees to use public transport as much as possible; Following our own Company code of Conduct, that sets the criteria for a green office.

  • WE GIVE BACK

    We do our best to give as many people as possible the opportunity to travel. This is why we organize tours for families and children in need, trying to make our part in conveying our love for tourism and traveling. MAKE A WISH

  • CARING FOR OUR STAFF

    Our team members are important to us and we continue to review our processes and procedures to ensure they are treated well, are happy in their work, have the support and training they need and are fairly rewarded for their labor. We are a family friendly business and to facilitate childcare and ensure a healthy work/life balance we allow our employees to work flexibly from home when needed.

PASSIONATE OF ITALY

We encourage exploration!
We deeply care about Italy and we want you to come and love it as much as we do!

  • THE REAL ITALY

    We offer authentically Italian travel experiences. We’ve created LITTLE BIG ITALY – a program of tours built around our rich historical, cultural and natural treasures. Little Big Italy will take you away from the crowds and off the beaten track to discover the real Italy.

  • FIGHT OVER TOURISM

    By encouraging travelers away from overcrowded tourist areas, we help spread the economic benefits of your visit more widely, as well as being a fantastic experience in its own right. ITALIAN CULINARY TRADITIONS Our itineraries always include gastronomy based on local cuisine made with fresh locally sourced produce, supporting local farmers and keeping century-old culinary traditions alive.

  • LOCAL GUIDES

    Our professional guides, assistants and tour leaders are fully licensed and selected for their expert knowledge of Italian culture and history.

  • PROTECT ARTISTIC HERITAGE

    We donate to FAI (Fondo Ambientale Italiano), whose purpose is to protect elements of Italy’s physical heritage which might otherwise be lost. Especially, we have “adopted” the Abbey of San Fruttuoso near Portofino to protect its beauty and uniqueness for future generations.

ACCOMPLISHED

Our steps accomplished to

support the fight against climate change

  • We’re declaring a climate emergency:
    we’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
  • We offer only train-based tours.
    We will keep on building our itineraries and experiences on train transfers, prioritizing as well other public transport options.

    In 2021 we launched the Little Big Italy program, in order to extend train travel to local railways and maximize the possibilities of eco-friendly tourism. This program will allow travelers to discover Italian hidden beauties, fighting against mass-tourism as well.
  • Carbon Neutral Travels.
    Where tour activities do generate carbon, we offset this through our partnership with TREES FOR ITALY. This organization supports international environmental projects oriented to carbon offset (according to Gold Standard, Verra standard or CDM standard) and plants native tree species across Italy. They not only absorb CO2 and generate cooling shade, but also create habitats and boost biodiversity, supporting native Italian wildlife.
  • 100% CARBON NEUTRAL HOLIDAYS

    Where tour activities do generate carbon, we offset this through our partnership with TREES FOR ITALY. This organization supports international environmental projects oriented to carbon offset (according to Gold Standard, Verra standard or CDM standard) and plants native tree species across Italy. They not only absorb CO2 and generate cooling shade, but also create habitats and boost biodiversity, supporting native Italian wildlife.

  • TRAIN TRAVEL

    We always seek to keep CO2 emissions to a minimum when creating our travel experiences (basing our tours around train travel and using other forms of public transport whenever possible).

  • TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL

    We encourage our guests to travel like locals, by using public transport wherever possible, for immersion in Italian daily life and a more sustainable travel style.

  • ZERO PAPER

    We do not print or ask travelers to print any voucher, itinerary or any other travel documentation.

HOW WE CALCULATE YOUR TRAVEL PACKAGE CARBON FOOTPRINT

We worked with Trees for Italy to define the best methods to compensate CO2 emissions, showing that it is possible for tourism to take real action in protecting the Earth.

Travel package carbon footprint is calculated by adding each service CO2 emissions in kg. The calculation is based on CO2 emissions in kg per participant given the number of participants, we can provide you with the total CO2 emissions of each travel package.


Every travel-related service has an index of kg CO2 eq per person; by adding all services the result is the total kg of CO2eq, which is the amount that has to be compensated to make the travel package Carbon Neutral.

HOW WE HAVE DEFINED CO2 EMISSION

Carbon offset is calculated with help of “Rete Clima”, a non-profit third sector company certified to determine how many kg of CO2 is emitted by every tourism service or product.

 

Emission factors are calculated with a LCEA (Life Cycle Energy Analysis) method, analysing energy consumption and converting these values to a percentage based on environmental impact.

 

Trees for Italy emission factors guarantee the achievement of Carbon Neutrality in compliance with rigorous international standards. All tools, assumptions, and documents used to calculate emission factors are available and accessible for consultation by everyone looking for further information

HOW WE COMPENSATE CO2 EMISSION

We calculate the carbon footprint of every tour and service we offer.

 

At the beginning of each month, we calculate total CO2 emitted by tours and services that have been provided in the previous month, and we communicate this information to our partner, Trees for Italy.

 

Trees for Italy offsets CO2 emissions through internatinal project of carbon offset, certified according to Gold Standard or Verra Standard or CDM standard.

 

Trees for Italy also realizes two different types of environmental prjects the Italian territory:

  • URBAN REFORESTATION

    These projects involve reforestation of Italian urban and extra-urban areas across the country. We are going to take care of them until maturity, making our cities more beautiful thanks to the effort of the tourism world.

  • SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

    Projects include operations aimed at improving well-being of forests, favoring enlargement of green areas by planting more trees, preventing fires, building a sustainable wood harvesting process, and other activities also oriented to develop carbon storage and to preserve biodiversity.

ACCOMPLISHED

Our steps accomplished to

be promoters of change in the tourism industry

  • Nowadays it would be unthinkable to work with partners either certified as sustainable or working towards this. We are aware that it will take years to realize how important sustainability is and how big of a business opportunity it can be.

    We want to support our partners towards change, without impositions. Because such a decision must be made consciously, in order to make the best effort possible
  • WE SHARE A CODE OF CONDUCT

    We have compiled a Code of Conduct that we share with all our clients

  • WE DRIVE A POSITIVE CHANGE

    We work hard to encourage our suppliers to consider the impacts of their activities. As an incentive, when we are putting together our tours, we give preference to those suppliers who have committed to operating more sustainably We share with our partners a Code of Conduct for Suppliers to define the minimum standards expected by Meet and Greet and furthermore some tips to encourage more sustainable practices.

  • WE INSPIRE OUR CUSTOMERS

    We encourage our customers to travel responsibility. We provide information on sustainability issues and motivate behavior change, through our Traveller Code of Conduct. If you are exploring Italy with us, we kindly request that you read it through carefully and abide by the principles outlined. Our guides and tour leaders help share tips for a sustainable travel to our travelers.

  • WE RAISE AWARENESS

    We started a campaign to raise awareness and bring our partners on board on our sustainability journey

  • WE CARE

    We started collecting information to rank our partners according to their effort in sustainability and in fighting climate change.

Do you want to be part of the change or do you want to know more about our sustainability path?

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CONTACT US

Meet and Greet SRL
Registered office:
Vicolo San Celso 1, 00198 Rome
VAT: 13403461000 – SDI: CMBAR97

+39 06 4885248

info@mgita.com

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