Impact Projects


Connecting travel & tourism to the UN SDGs

Yūgen Earthside is a Social Purpose Corporation. We will donate a percentage of profits to social and environmental sustainable tourism development projects. These initiatives will be in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

Yūgen Earthside is primarily working towards SDG #11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities.

From screening trip operators, to helping travelers find responsible trips, we want tourism to be a force for good in cities and communities all over the world.

How it Works

Research

We conduct research to understand the biggest problems tourism causes (or can cause) in the countries where we offer tours.

Partner

We partner with local organizations and NGOs doing reputable, verifiable work to help combat those problems. 

Donate

We donate a percentage of our profits to our partner organizations. We will be completely transparent about the amounts and partners.

Examples of Projects

Below are examples of the types of projects, in line with the SDGs, that we might donate to. We will be fully transparent about which projects we’re helping and what the status of each project is as soon as we become profitable and start making donations. Check back on this page in the future for these updates!

SDG5 Gender Equality

SDG #5 – Gender Equality

  • Training more female tour guides in destinations
  • Empower entrepreneurial women through grants
  • Contribute to gender training programs

SDG6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG #6 – Clean Water & Sanitation

  • Reduce water scarcity by investing in water flow restrictors to ensure no shortages for locals
  • Donate to wastewater management projects

SDG7 Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG #7 – Affordable & Clean Energy

  • Supporting solar panels & green energy projects
  • Investing in local organizations focused on renewable energy

SDG9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG #9 – Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

  • Build more charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Help repair roads to ease access for locals and tourists

SDG10 Reduced Inequalities

 

SDG #10 – Reduced Inequalities

  • Pay for training to help locals achieve higher management positions, i.e. in hotels
  • Donate to educational programs to uplift women

Do you have an impact project suggestion?

You are our best resource! What problems did you see on your travels? Do you know of, or have you worked with, an organization doing amazing work towards sustainable tourism development? Let us know!