This past year we proudly provided support and resources to build and scale impact with organizations and on projects that share our aims.
1. In 2021, we worked alongside our partner Tourism Cares to develop a program for business leaders to drive sustainability through their organizations. Looking specifically at impact measurement and purpose-driven business practices, the 6-month program engaged a cohort of both NTA and USTOA members. The collaborative nature allowed leaders to share learnings and best practices, be challenged and build on their knowledge through peer mentorship.
2. Acting on the climate crisis requires the collaboration of both the public and private sectors. Governments play a critical role in creating policy and investing in infrastructure that supports climate action, especially the G20 leaders. This year we supported the We Mean Business Coalition Letter to G20 leaders at COP26.
3. We don't ever want our team to have to choose between voting and their paycheck. Not only do we have paid time off for team members to participate in the democratic process, but we've also lent our voice to the business community by joining Time to Vote and Civic Alliance.
4. MaCher stands against policies that limit people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace. Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers. We are proud to support Don't Ban Equality for these critical reasons.
Waste Reduction Partnerships
In helping us achieve our waste reduction goals, we are pleased to support and be supported by the following organizations:
We are part of the B Corp Beauty Coalition - an alliance of beauty industry B Corps from all over the globe. We are all committed to working together to improve the sustainability standards of the beauty industry, help beauty customers more easily navigate beauty products and ultimately deliver ‘beauty for good’. Our focus is primarily in demonstrating best practices around sustainable packaging, greener logistics and safer ingredients. We hold a position on the Steering Committee and are active participants in the working groups.
Our focus is on circular solutions and designing products without packaging waste for the beauty and wellness industries. This led us to Pact Collective, a nonprofit catalyzing collaboration in order to reduce, recycle, and drive towards circularity. As a member company, we've gained expert and peer insights and have benefitted from exchanges of ideas and connections with industry leaders.
Climate Action Partnerships
In helping us achieve our decarbonization goals, we are pleased to support and be supported by SeaTrees. SeaTrees, a not-for-profit company, helps us balance our polluting emissions and compensate our residual emissions. Not only do they invest in ocean health through planting and protecting ‘blue-carbon’ coastal ecosystems, their work has the added benefit of supporting sustainable jobs.
We also partner with SeaTrees for our wider carbon compensation program, 'Opt in for our Future'. With support from our clients, we calculate and then compensate emissions from the products that we make for them. For the 2021/22 year, we have purchased 2,645 tonnes of carbon credits through their REDD+ projects in Cambodia, Kenya andColombia, compensating for 100% of MaCher’s scope 1 and 2 emissions and our relevant scope 3 emissions.
We know that to remove GHG emissions, we need to make changes to further reduce emissions and also directly invest in carbon sequestration. Offsets alone cannot solve our climate crisis. Other examples of how we are working to reduce our carbon footprint can be found throughout this report.
We are actively investing in the young people in our community through partnerships with Creative Futures Collective and Santa Monica College. We know that equity directly corresponds to access to opportunity. By engaging with these organizations dedicated to breaking the barriers to accessing opportunity, we are learning how to improve our own practices.
We are addressing these barriers by providing real work experience and a network before they start considering their career moves. We hope this will provide a better foundation for access to new opportunities when they are ready to embark on their career and that some of them will join our own team some day.
In the last 2 years, we provided one-on-one mentoring to 13 students through programs with Creative Futures Collective and Santa Monica College. Homelessness is, unfortunately, a significant issue in our local neighborhood. We've donated funding and have spent time volunteering to support Safe Place for Youth, Venice, an organization providing much needed care and community support for vulnerable young people experiencing homelessness.
MaCher has valued its travel industry clients for over 30 years. Our team, too, has greatly benefitted from their own travel experiences and gained great appreciation and awareness of their own privilege as a result. We're proud to support The Too Fly Foundation which aims to inspire students from under-resourced communities with the curiosity to travel abroad and passports, travel grants and educational experiences so that they can see the world.