2020 Goal & Update

Carbon Footprint

Reduce the intensity of CO2e (equivalent carbon dioxide) emissions from our operations by 25% by 2020 relative to our 2005 baseline, measured in grams of CO2e per ALB-km.

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We have achieved a 24.8% reduction relative to our 2005 baseline and are ahead of schedule to meet our target.

AWWPS Technology

Increase Advanced Waste Water Purification System (AWWPS) coverage of our fleet wide capacity by 10 percentage points by 2020 relative to our 2014 baseline.

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We increased fleet wide capacity coverage of Advanced Waste Water Purification Systems (AWWPS) by 3.3 percentage points compared to our 2014 baseline.

FY2016 Biodiversity Performance

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Fathom’s guests joined local community members on highly impactful sustainability projects in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Some of the projects impacting biodiversity included:

  • reforestation and nurseries
  • cacao and Women’s Chocolate Cooperative
  • water filter production

For more details on these projects please refer to pages 60-61 and for overall Fathom projects visit www.fathom.org

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The Nature Conservancy Partnership

We continued our partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a $2.5 million financial commitment over a five year period, which started in 2014. Our partnership is creating a sustainable future for the world’s oceans by creating the innovative tools and resources needed to engage stakeholders and balance economic development with ocean protection efforts through the Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) initiative.

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Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Partnership

We partner with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance to support their programs to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products.

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Cage Free Eggs

We continue to expand our sourcing of cage free eggs. Our goal is to be 100% cage free by 2025.

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Port Environmental Projects

Our Mahogany Bay port located in Roatan, Honduras supports various sustainability projects.
Some of the projects include:

  • Mangrove Reforestation Project: since 2015 a total of 155 mangrove trees have been replanted in the south pier area.
  • Reforestation Project: in 2016 108 trees were planted. These trees were planted within the port facility and the majority were mahogany trees.
  • Coastal Cleanup Project: since 2014 the port adopted the Brick Bay community and has organized annual clean-ups. In 2016, approximately 1,600 bags containing waste and debris were collected.

Our Commitment

To minimize our impact on biodiversity, we work diligently to manage our waste responsibly, protect marine life and collaborate with our supply chain to ensure ethical practices. We also implement systems and new technologies to minimize waste water discharges and improve the quality of our air emissions. Furthermore, we partner with conservation and protection organizations in order to support programs and initiatives related to our operation.

Our Strategy

Our strategy includes a number of elements that collectively help to prevent, manage and lessen our impact on biodiversity. Within our supply chain, we work with suppliers on sustainable food sourcing and our tour operators on sustainable practices. We have also included a sustainability section within our Business Partner Code of Conduct and Ethics and Tour Operator manual that focuses on environmental protection. In addition, every year we organize coastal cleanups with some of the communities at various ports of call we visit. These clean-ups remove waste and debris from marine ecosystems.

Because of our direct dependency on the health of the oceans, we have developed and implemented marine mammal protection programs and training. In particular, we have developed a comprehensive whale strike prevention training program and follow reporting requirements prior to entering the Right whale sensitive and protected areas for North Atlantic and North Pacific Right whales. These species are listed in the IUCN’s Red List, which is the Global Reporting Initiative’s designated list for threatened species.

We comply with or exceed international, national and local environmental laws and regulations everywhere our ships sail. We also implement operational requirements that exceed compliance with regulations. As part of our strategy, we also partner with organizations that are critical for marine conservation and research. Since 2014, we partnered with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a $2.5 million financial commitment over a five year period. TNC is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working across all sectors of industry and society to help advance its mission to protect the natural world and develop relationships that best align to produce clear conservation benefits with lasting, measurable outcomes. Our partnership is supporting TNC’s Mapping Ocean Wealth (MOW) program. This program creates maps that show the extent and distribution of benefits that habitats like coral reefs and mangroves provide, including fish production, flood mitigation, erosion control and recreation.