The HI Sustainability Fund

Last modified on August 19th, 2015 at 9:00 am

July 16, 2013

The Hostelling International (HI) mission, defined in 1932, is one of the earliest examples of sustainable tourism by encouraging a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the social and cultural values in all parts of the world. The concept of “hostelling” implies sharing square metres and common areas that facilitates global interaction and at the same time allows us to achieve a low carbon footprint compared to other accommodation providers.

We are aware that tourism will never be completely sustainable as every industry has its impacts, but we are committed to doing our best to become more sustainable. That is why in 2010, at the 48th HI Conference in China all our Member Associations approved, unanimously, our “HI Sustainability Charter” with the following targets:

As part of the Ecological branch of sustainability, we aim for our youth hostels and leisure activities to be environmentally friendly and compatible with the countryside. In order to achieve it and among many other initiatives taking place around the world, in 2012 we launched the HI Sustainability Fund. Extra information about HI initiatives and commitments can be found here.

What is the HI Sustainability Fund?

The Hostelling International Sustainability Fund (HISF) was launched in April 2012. The HI traveller can donate a small amount of money per overnight stay through our booking platform to the HISF in order to help our network to reduce their CO2 emissions.

The HISF will help hostels financially to implement new initiatives to achieve the targets set by the HI Sustainability Charter and encourage our Member Associations to increase their commitment to sustainability and strengthen our network.

The maximum amount of funding each project can be granted is £25,000, therefore, we have the capacity to fund several projects

Voting Period: 16th July till 30th September 2013       Voting closed!

6 Comments. Leave new » Vote to Spend HI Sustainability Fund
Tuesday July 16th, 2013 10:57 PM

[…] A post on the HI Blog announces an open vote on which of 15 eco projects around the world will receive support from the Sustainability Fund. Projects range from reducing the use of plastic bags in Bolivia to tapping into geothermal energy in New Zealand. You can read more about each project before casting your vote for the one you support. […]

I have just tried to vote for the Pen-Y-Pass project in Englabd and Wales but the site shuts down when selecting the VOTE hyperlink. Is this an error?

Hi Janet,

It seems to be working now, try again. Thanks for voting!


bitte abstimmen und Projekt in Bolivien unterstützen | Ann-Kristin in Bolivien
Saturday September 21st, 2013 09:59 AM

[…] folgender Seite gibt es (auf Englisch) weitere Informationen zum Wettbewerb und dem Anliegen von Hostelling International. Über einen Link weiter unten auf […]

I really appreciate this way of supporting unique projects!
I wittnessed several sustainabilty projects of HI Bolivia, each of them having deep and longlasting impacts on the bolivian people!
Please keep on supporting those projects

Heart and Hospitality | Global Sunrise Project
Tuesday August 5th, 2014 04:03 PM

[…] for the best projects. This year they have introduced exciting news – one project will be voted in by the public. The hostels I visited are a few of the places who are doing some incredible […]

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