B Corp (Benefit Corporation) is an international label launched by the NGO B Lab to accelerate the movement towards a more inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy by helping companies become agents of change. With +5,000 companies in +80 countries, B Corp evaluates the social and environmental impact of companies in order to give them a score and identify areas for improvement.
Recognized as one of the most demanding societal and environmental labels, the assessment takes into account 5 pillars: environment, employees, governance, customers, and community. Our goal in recent years has been to demonstrate that we live up to high standards of proven social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
More than a grade and more than a pride, the B Corp label process undertaken two years ago is a milestone in our journey toward sustainable tourism. The label involves a benchmark of high standards, which helps us to make the best decisions. The assessment has taught us a lot about what we need to improve in order to contribute, at our level, to a more sustainable world.
To become certified, a minimum score of 80 points is required.
“90.2 Points is a real reward for the commitments we have made since the beginning of the company's creation. It is a score that we aim to increase in all areas. We are on a path that began 30 years ago and that must accelerate in the coming months.”
Emmanuel, co-founder of HomeExchange
The circular economy, which HomeExchange is a part of, promises a development model that reduces the environmental impact and decreases the exploitation of natural resources. Our goal at HomeExchange is to continue to democratize this practice based on resource sharing and to convince as many people as possible of its value, in conjunction with our ongoing passion for local, slower-paced travel and the return to the basics of vacationing.
Realizing our strengths and working again and again on our areas of improvement is what we are committed to doing. All HomeExchange teams work daily on the deployment of our CSR strategy, which is based on the following three pillars of commitment.
Our company wants to reduce the CO2 emissions of its travels by proposing longer stays, closer distances, and less consumerism in our approach to vacations. As a company, we are working on a low carbon strategy through 2025. “Tourism needs to reinvent itself, and we believe HomeExchange has a crucial role to play in offering a viable alternative to traditional travel accommodations for the benefit of a more circular and humane tourism.” - Charles-Edouard Girard, co-founder of HomeExchange
The burden of tourism on local communities can be very negative when the intensity of the flow of tourists is not adapted to the capacity of the local ecosystem. We believe that the home exchange model addresses this issue and are committed to optimizing it.
We believe that everyone should be able to get some fresh air and go on vacation at least once a year with those they love. It's good for the people who travel, and it's good for the world, because travel fosters greater understanding between humans. We are committed to developing a way to travel that is accessible to all, regardless of income, culture, or physical ability. As a company, we are committed to providing a healthy, fair, and equitable work environment.