Since its inception 15 years ago, Wolwedans has been guided by an approach where people, planet and profit were all equally important. Right from the start the commercial aim of the business has been to ensure the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s financial viability while assuring the conservation of the Pro-Namib for future generations. This approach was captured in Wolwedans’ earliest mission statement: “We are committed to sustainable growth by carefully balancing quality leadership, economic progress, social responsibility and care for our environment” (Dec 1998).
Wolwedans is a founding member of the Global Ecosphere Retreats, an initiative spearheaded by the Zeitz Foundation. The Zeitz Foundation aims to transform all that we do into mechanisms that move this world forward in a sustainable manner. It is inspired by a vision of the Ecosphere – our planet and all of its life-sustaining regions – maintained in the healthiest possible state. Global Ecosphere Retreats are committed to promoting an inclusive, holistic paradigm of conservation that enhances livelihoods and fosters intercultural dialogue.
The Long Run Initiative is the flagship programme of the Zeitz Foundation. Being certified means that we are leaders in sustainable development and that we work on sustainable, mostly tourism-driven enterprises, whilst fostering community development, conservation support and cultural stewardship. Being Global Ecosphere Retreat® (GER) certified shows that we are not only committed to sustainability, but effectively demonstrate that our resources are sustainably managed as well.
Wolwedans adopts the 4C’s (Commerce, Conservation, Community, Culture). They are a sustainability platform, developed by the Zeitz Foundation to mould our efforts into a comprehensive strategy, supported by a global community of likeminded members participating in a global initiative. This strategy provides Wolwedans with a pertinent framework that allows us to effectively manage and monitor our progress towards sustainability goals and aim to inspire a new way.
Click here for the executive summary of our sustainability strategy.
To find out more about the Long Run Initiative click here…
Wolwedans subscribes to the Zeitz Foundation's Long Run Charter, to view the charter click here...