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Intrepid Group

Intrepid is the world’s largest adventure travel company—and a leader in responsible, sustainable travel. The company was the first global tour operator to ban elephant rides and has been carbon neutral since 2010. It continues to advance its mission of “purpose beyond profit” by working to fight over-tourism in even the most popular destinations and by taking substantial steps to curb the environmental footprint of its tours. The company even has two senior executive roles—chief purpose officer and chief growth officer—exclusively focused on sustaining growth in both purpose and profit. After an extensive and rigorous three-year accreditation process, in August 2018 Intrepid Group became a certified B Corporation, joining a growing community of businesses like Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s that look beyond the bottom line. Travelers who venture with Intrepid to Sri Lanka, Morocco, or Machu Picchu know that their tour group meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability helping to create a positive impact for both people and the planet.

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headquarters: Melbourne, Australia