At Uniworld, we believe sustainability is the key to a better world. In the course of traveling the great rivers of the world and meeting people from all over the globe, it’s nearly impossible not to stand in awe of the beauty and power of the natural environment, and the cultures that call it home. This love for the world around us drives our commitment to implementing sustainable business and travel practices, while supporting the nature and people around us ensures that the very places we live in and travel to will remain vibrant for future generations. Our company-wide efforts to make a positive difference in the world are based upon the three pillars of environmental, social and economic responsibility:
The TreadRight Foundation, with support from Uniworld, has partnered with Just a Drop, an international water development charity, to bring clean and safe water to three villages in the Kralanh District of Cambodia.
After decades of civil war, North-Western Cambodia still belongs to the least developed areas of the country. The population consists mainly of returned refugees and migrants from other regions of the country, often trying to secure their livelihoods under the simplest conditions with minimal resources, and many live below the national poverty line. Sanitation, access to clean water, and health and hygiene issues remain as major development challenges. Funding from the TreadRight Foundation will allow Just a Drop to deliver high impact interventions in water supply, sanitation and hygiene with strong involvement of community leadership.
The project aims to transform the lives of 1,806 people who live in the villages of Damrey Slap, Knar Chor, and Rolom Sway by improving general health as water-related illness decreases; improving quality of life through sanitation and hygiene; making it so that children are better able to secure an education, as they are not ill, nor needing to collect water; making it so that women are better able to earn income, as they have no need to fetch water, thereby improving gender and social inequality; making more money available to communities as they will spend less on medicine; and creating a situation in which more people are likely to stay in the villages, as economic conditions improve.
For more information about the project, visit www.treadright.org/project/just-drop
Our dedication to social responsibility takes many forms. In addition to providing excursions that immerse travelers in local cultures, we promote various charities, including the “Future of Khmer Children,” donate materials no longer in use on our ships, and help develop programs focused on preserving local communities and cultures.
From organic wineries to small, family-run enterprises, Uniworld is committed to supporting environmentally conscious business throughout the destinations to which we travel. By introducing our guests to these local and sustainable ventures, we are able to provide truly unique experiences to travelers while bringing economic opportunity to the region.
Founded in 2008 as a joint initiative between Uniworld and each member of The Travel Corporation family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation encourages the sustainable development of tourism by supporting projects that benefit the environment, cultural heritages and local communities.