Bodhi Surf

Surf and yoga camp located in Bahia Ballena-Uvita, Osa, Costa Rica.

Bahia Ballena, Puntarenas

Costa Rica

www.bodhisurfschool.com

About Bodhi Surf

Bodhi Surf School is a surf and yoga camp located in Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica — a small, still relatively untouched community on the Southern Pacific Zone of the country. It is located at the footsteps of the Marino Ballena National Park, a place where the jungle, ocean, and mountains meet; a unique backdrop for a place to immerse yourself in nature, recharge, become energized, and “awaken your inner surfer”.

The word “Bodhi” is Sanskrit for “awareness”, a concept that is central to the activities/lifestyles of surfing and yoga, and an attitude that Bodhi Surf disseminates unto those it comes into contact with — students, guests, fellow community members, and businesses alike. As a tourism-based business, Bodhi Surf strives to provide its guests with holistic and unique travel experiences that promote responsible tourism, facilitate community engagement, and encourage individuals to see the world (and their role in it!) with fresh eyes. As a surf and yoga camp, Bodhi Surf provides its guests with fun, challenging experiences that teach them the necessary skills that will allow them to go forth and continue practicing these activities independently.

As a follower and supporter of the neuro-conservation movement, Bodhi Surf utilizes surfing and yoga as a way to facilitate unforgettable learning experiences in nature with the intention of bolstering individual long-term action. Moreover, Bodhi Surf members transmit their experience and observations about the environment and use their business and home community as a case study to demonstrate how individuals, taking small steps, can affect meaningful change and inspire others to do the same.

Becoming a B Corps Company is the culmination of the development of Bodhi Surf, whereby we have built a company that is not just our way of life and our livelihood, but also a tool to raise awareness about the importance of taking action in light of the issues (particularly the environmental issues) that we face as a global community. Being officially certified, we now look forward to having a rigorous set of standards that will continue to drive our business forward as an agent of change at the grassroots level, and serve as an example that inspires others — individuals and businesses alike — to be conscientious of their own impact.

The Change We Seek®

Bodhi Surf’s official mission statement is to “provide memorable travel experiences that facilitate learning through exposure to the people and environment of the place we call home”.

As a coastal tourism business, Bodhi Surf depends directly on the wellbeing of its community and global environments, and therefore seeks to find and incorporate new ways to constantly improve those environments — by reducing personal impact, getting involved in projects outside the scope of business operations, and disseminating information to others.

This desire is manifested into action via the Ocean Guardian Journey, a set of corporate responsibility initiatives which include: daily impact reduction measures in business operations; a surf and yoga instruction methodology that integrates environmental awareness; Bodhi Surf’s Travelers’ Philanthropy Program; ongoing community projects of Service & Surf Saturdays and Yoga for the Community; the annual Ocean Guardian Contest; the Ocean Guardian Pledge and Ocean Guardian Digest — among other actions. Bodhi Surf is always seeking ways to grow and improve, because after all, this is a journey: an opportunity to teach and also to learn.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

14
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

14
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

4
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

57
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

10
6
Overall B Score
99
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Miscellany: 

Press

  • The Inertia Go »
  • Plastic Pollution Coalition Go »
  • The Tico Times Go »
  • 2015 Bodhi Surf Initiatives Go »

Statement on Corporate Responsibility

  • The Ocean Guardian Journey Go »

Social Media