Volcano Lodge Fortuna Costa Rica - Arenal Volcano

Social Responsability

Mission

Giving our customers the opportunity to live an experience in harmony with nature, in an area of forest conversion process; be a source of work and chaining to the community, under optimum customer service.

Vision

Achieving excellence in service exceeding the expectations of our customers with a highly diversified product and sustainable management, driven by the formation and integration of the members of the organization.

Reforestation and Green Zones

Volcano Lodge & Springs, looks out for our planet; our beautiful, warm home, this motivation and the difficult situation that our planet is living today have made us more conscientious and caused us to take aggressive drastic measures for the health and good of our beloved planet and to avoid its deterioration.

One of the most important and attractive programs that we have begun is a reforestation program called, “LEAVE YOUR MARK ON COSTA RICA”. This unique project in the Arenal Volcano Area was initiated and motivated by local businessman and owner of Hotel San Bosco and Volcano Lodge & Springs, Mr. Asdrubal Castro Miranda, who has taken it upon himself, not just beautifying the area in and around La Fortuna by planting and maintaining beautiful local gardens, but also by planting more than 3000 trees in the region...and counting. We have no plans of stopping any time soon, so we have decided to share this experience with our hotel guests by inviting them to take action in the protection of our planet and plant a tree and leave their mark of life and love on Costa Rica and particularly on the region of Arenal.

Leave your mark on Costa Rica project

You will have the opportunity to plant an endemic tree in the northern zone of our country, in our property, at the base of the Arenal Volcano.

Each participant will name their tree, and thereby leave a perpetual mark on our planet, since even after they have passed away from this earth, their tree will continue to live and generate life.

We will take photographs of the tree planting ceremony and award you with a certificate of “Mother of Father” of your tree. Periodically, you will receive information on the growth of your “child” by internet.

Join us in this nurturing experience that will save the planet!

Recycling Program (Single Women Association of Z13)

The Association of Single Women of Z13 is headed up by Ms. Luisa Varela and Ms. Isabel Gutierrez, who have taken the courageous decision to clean up their community and surrounding communities by collecting and separating recyclable waste products in the La Fortuna area. This difficult labor is the product of courage and dedication, intending to contribute to the control of the alarming population increase in our community, at the same time, contributing to low income families and the local orphanage and safe house, put in place to educate and protect abandoned children.

Volcano Lodge & Springs, as a consequence of its firm dedication to the social well being and its sustainable philosophy, fully supports this initiative.

On our property, you will find waste receptors thoroughly identified for each type of waste disposal (glass, plastic, aluminum, organic). These waste products are then separated and packed to be given to the single women of this project to begin the recycling process.

Recycling Program (Single Women Association of Z13)

The Association of Single Women of Z13 is headed up by Ms. Luisa Varela and Ms. Isabel Gutierrez, who have taken the courageous decision to clean up their community and surrounding communities by collecting and separating recyclable waste products in the La Fortuna area. This difficult labor is the product of courage and dedication, intending to contribute to the control of the alarming population increase in our community, at the same time, contributing to low income families and the local orphanage and safe house, put in place to educate and protect abandoned children.

Volcano Lodge & Springs, as a consequence of its firm dedication to the social well being and its sustainable philosophy, fully supports this initiative.

On our property, you will find waste receptors thoroughly identified for each type of waste disposal (glass, plastic, aluminum, organic). These waste products are then separated and packed to be given to the single women of this project to begin the recycling process.

Bun-ca Organization, Energy Efficiency Program – Tourism Sector

Bun-ca is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promote the efficient usage of natural resources in order to generate sustainable energy, and thereby conserve the environment. This program consists in educating business owners and their employees, to create awareness and identify areas of possible savings. The program, which is funded by international organizations and foundations like Hivos, UNESCO, and the Holland Board of Tourism, includes classes and personalized follow ups in each case.

Committed to the Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

The Earth Charter is centrally concerned with the transition to sustainable ways of living and sustainable human development. Ecological integrity is one major theme. However, the Earth Charter recognizes that the goals of ecological protection, the eradication of poverty, equitable economic development, respect for human rights, democracy, and peace are interdependent and indivisible. It provides, therefore, a new, inclusive, integrated ethical framework to guide the transition to a sustainable future.

The Earth Charter is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values. The Earth Charter project began as a United Nations initiative, but it was carried forward and completed by a global civil society initiative. The Earth Charter was finalized and then launched as a people's charter in 2000 by the Earth Charter Commission, an independent international entity.

The drafting of the Earth Charter involved the most inclusive and participatory process ever associated with the creation of an international declaration. This process is the primary source of its legitimacy as a guiding ethical framework. The legitimacy of the document has been further enhanced by its endorsement by over 4,500 organizations, including many governments and international organizations.

In the light of this legitimacy, an increasing number of international lawyers recognize that the Earth Charter is acquiring the status of a soft law document. Soft law documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are considered to be morally, but not legally, binding on state governments that agree to endorse and adopt them, and they often form the basis for the development of hard law.

At a time when major changes in how we think and live are urgently needed, the Earth Charter challenges us to examine our values and to choose a better way. At a time when international partnership is increasingly necessary, the Earth Charter encourages us to search for common ground in the midst of our diversity and to embrace a new global ethic that is shared by an ever-growing number of people throughout the world. At a time when education for sustainable development has become essential, the Earth Charter provides a very valuable educational instrument.

You can also support the Earth Charter HERE!

Wear the jersey for Costa Rica

Volcano Lodge & Springs, Hotel San Bosco and Costa Rica Full Full, promote urban beautification and cleaning work in the community, extending their approach to rivers and roads, as part of its outreach to the community and the environment.

If you wish to purchase one of our shirts and collaborate with this work, please contact us here emarketing@volcanolodge.com

CODE OF CONDUCT

All over the world, children are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. A widespread global child sex trade has been established. Demand has increased, resulting in increased supply. The commercial sexual exploitation of children often occurs openly without government reaction or with governments preferring to "look the other way".

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the commerce of sex with children has been brought more and more into focus by various sectors of society all over the world. According to a UNICEF estimate in 1988, more than two million children in the world are annually forced into commercial sexual practices. This exploitation occurs in all countries, mainly in South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. The Western world accounts for the greatest demand for child sex.

The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism (the Code) is an industry-driven multi-stakeholder initiative which seeks to increase protection of children from sex tourism. The companies - tour operators and their umbrella organizations, hotels, travel agents, airlines, etc. - which endorse the Code, commit themselves to implement the following measures:

  • 1. To establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • 2. To train the personnel in the country of origin and travel destinations.
  • 3. To introduce a clause in contracts with suppliers, stating a common repudiation of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • 4. To provide information to travellers by means of catalogues, brochures, in-flight films, ticket-slips, home pages, etc.
  • 5. To provide information to local "key persons" at the destinations.
  • 6. To report annually.

The Code is currently implemented globally by over 240 tour operators, hotels, travel agents and their associations, tourism workers' unions from 21 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Central and Latin America. The number of tourists impacted by the Code is estimated to reach over 30 million per year, travelling to destinations in over 16 countries worldwide. The Code was recognized in December 2003 by British Airways with a Tourism for Tomorrow Award in the Large Scale Tourism category.

The Code is acknowledged by UNICEF and the World Tourism Organization as the primary international tool for the prevention and combating of child sex tourism by the travel and tourism, and Volcano Lodge & Springs is one of hotels around the world, that are committed to stop the sexual tourism.

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