Environmental Practices & Sustainability
Canada’s north is home to many species of arctic wildlife that rely on a pristine environment. We travel responsibly to protect these fragile natural habitats, to benefit local communities and to preserve and celebrate the customs and traditions of the places we visit.
- We advocate for the protection of remote, wild areas through sound and sustainable economic developement - even limiting our own business growth in order to have a sustainable tourism product.
- We operate on a set of established trails created by the military back in the 50’s. By staying on this set of trails we help to prevent further damage to the delicate tundra ecosystem.
- When transporting our Tundra Buggy Lodge to Cape Churchill within Wapusk National Park, we travel over frozen tidal flats rather than overland, which causes no impact to the tundra of the National Park.
- The Tundra Buggy Lodge is outfitted with a Grey Water Management System. We’ve ensured that not one drop of water or waste touches the tundra. We transport all wastewater back to the town of Churchill for proper disposal.
- We work with our suppliers to create products and relationships that reduce our environmental footprint and we manage our company in a way that reduces our environmental impact.
- We’ve replaced all the electric block heaters in our Tundra Buggies with diesel-fired units, which have a smaller impact on the environment.
- We use only rainforest certified paper for our brochures and encourage prospective guests to view our brochure online rather than receiving a paper copy.
- We started Churchill's first recycling program, working with partners in order to transport all recyclable materials produced by Frontiers North and our partners to Winnipeg recycling facilities. The Town of Churchill took over this program in 2011.
- Frontiers North has committed to going water bottle-free in 2016. Instead of using plastic water bottles on our Tundra Buggies, we encourage our guests to bring their own reusable water bottle that can be filled with clean drinking water on board.
Frontiers North values its team of employees and endeavours to foster a positive working culture with high employee morale.
- Our staff participate in a yearly planning session and are engaged in decisions that affect our business.
- Employees receive profit sharing incentives up to 10%.
- Frontiers North operates by a robust Code of Conduct and Workplace Respect policies.
- We value our differences and employ a diverse workforce: 12% Aboriginal; 6% visible minority; 75% women on management team.
Commitment to our Community
We invest in communities where we operate - hiring locally, buying locally and supporting local causes.
- We work closely with the Town of Churchill, Manitoba Conservation and Parks Canada to define, develop and implement policies for Churchill’s tourism industry.
- Frontiers North employs as many Canadian and local-to-the-north staff and guides and utilize as many local suppliers as possible.
- Our purchasing policy ensures we source local, Aboriginal, and suppliers and businesses that support social and environmental responsibility.
- We support causes that invest in the communities where we operate, such as our work with Churchill's Canadian Junior Rangers or by offering a bursary to local students.
Frontiers North Adventures strives to provide a platform for education about the wildlife and issues affecting Canada’s north.
- Our world-class guides and drivers offer an experience with a wealth of contemporary and traditional knowledge.
- Through initiatives such as PBI Leadership Camp, PBI Tundra Connections and PBI Field Ambassador Program, Frontiers North is able to leverage the best access in the world to wild polar bears into tremendous benefit for not only our guests in Churchill, but also people from all over the world passionate about Canada’s north.
- Through our parntership with PBI and Explore.org we are able to share polar bears with people around the world through the Polar Bear Cam and through Google Street View.
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility recommends giving 1% of pre-tax profits; On Average FNA gives 6% of pre-tax profits. In addition to providing support for several organizations including the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and Ducks Unlimited, Frontiers North was the first major sponsor of Polar Bears International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of polar bears through research and education. Since 2001, Frontiers North has maintained Platinum Level sponsorship and continues to work with PBI on a number of conservation initiatives and programs.
As a reflection of the values of Frontiers North, charitable support is focused in three core areas. Those areas and the organizations we support:
- People Living with Disabilities
- Continuity Care
- Investing in the Communities Where we Operate
- Hudson’s Bay Quest
- Aurora Festival
- Project North
- Conservation and Wildlife
- Polar Bears International
- Assiniboine Park Conservancy
Frontiers North receives numerous requests for charitable support.
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