Mashpi Lodge and the United Nations Global Compact
Mashpi Lodge and the United Nations Global Compact: What It Is
Metropolitan Touring is proud to announce that Mashpi Lodge has been recognized for its sustainable practices as part of the United Nations Global Compact! The purpose of this U.N. initiative is to encourage and promote businesses throughout the world to have sustainable and socially responsible policies at the centre of their endeavour. The UN Global Compact is actually one of the world’s biggest corporate social responsibility initiative with 13,000 corporate participants, all of which work to help catalyse and support the development of far-reaching UN development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The compact in this region is officially known as Pacto Ecuador and the recognition of Mashpi Lodge comes about as a result of the collaboration between Global Compact Ecuador and Global Compact Colombia, along with the Colombia Chamber of Commerce and the support of several other reputable parties and media partners.
The Ten Principles that the United Nations Global Compact abides by fall under the 4 following categories:
Mashpi Lodge and the United Nations Global Compact: How it’s Done
Mashpi Lodge, a proud member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the WorldTM, is surrounded by the remnants of Ecuador’s fascinating Choco region – a crucial hotspot of biodiversity that has gained international recognition. The 1,200-hectare (~3,000-acre) reserve allows a total of 47 guests to fall in love with the magnitude and condition of the mostly primary growth forest. A plethora of exotic and colourful birds –along with a collection of some of the most unique trees in the world, crystal clear waters and much, much more! – await to mesmerize the senses and spirits of Mashpi Lodge’s guests.
In addition to this, Mashpi Lodge and the Reserve as a home base for research and conservation projects that seek to protect, re-establish and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. The entire project also aims to foster steady, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the area as well as productive and dignified work for everyone. Mashpi Lodge’s dedication to supporting local communities is perhaps the strongest testament to the latter, continuously generating awareness for current and future generations about the fragility and importance of the region while providing employment, training, educational programs that benefit their welfare.
Since its inception, the focus of Mashpi’s research and conservation has not waned from their central focus on their surroundings. In fact, up until today, the research team at Mashpi has managed to find 150 butterflies, 400 birds, 120 amphibians and reptiles, 100 trees, 25 fish and more than 60 aquatic insect. As if this wasn’t enough, the team has also managed to find two new species that were previously unknown to humankind – the Mashpi torrenteer frog and the Mashpi magnolia.
This and much, much more is what Mashpi Lodge and the United Nations Global Compact aim to promote!
With parents that worked for the U.S. Foreign Service up until he graduated from high school, Chris was raised to have the heart of a nomad throughout his life. He has resided in Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador throughout his years, and just recently spent the past four up in Canada finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & English at the University of British Columbia. He is now devoted to writing about all things related to travel in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.