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Ever since company founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler stapled together their first guidebook after an epic trip from London to Australia called ‘Across Asia on The Cheap’, Lonely Planet has put travellers at the heart of everything they do, informing and inspiring them with trusted content for print and digital from experts who visit every destination.
Lonely Planet publish travel guides, e-books, phrasebooks, a wide range of gift, food and children's titles as well as a magazine. The editor believes that responsible travel can be a force for good. As a company, the only thing they want to do more than explore the world is protect it for future generations of travellers.
Believe it or not, more than 10.000 people are involved on an annual basis to bring Lonely Planet’s products to life. While the core team of staff makes up a tiny fraction of this number, they collaborate with printers, IT companies, merchandise factories and many more. To ensure that the other companies involved in this complex supply chain meet the same ethical standards as Lonely Planet, they conduct rigorous assessments of working conditions by personally visiting all factories they use.
Lonely Planet produces millions of books and magazines each year and so they work closely with the Forest Stewardship Council™ to minimise the impact on forests. Since 2009, they use FSC™ paper and today 99% of the paper they purchase is FSC™ certified. There’s even a guide about Luxembourg, including the national youth hostels as a low budget accommodation tip.
Lonely Planet employs hundreds of people across the globe – and they recognise their responsibility not just to the physical environment, but also to society. Their writers never recommend travellers visit a destination that isn’t ready for tourism and their guidance provides travellers with the information they require to make an informed decision and to be aware of any ethical concerns in a destination. They also employ a number of policies to ensure that their own staff are responsible global citizens, including prevention of bribery and slavery in their operations.
More information: www.lonelyplanet.com
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