International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

International volunteer travel agency

Auckland, Auckland

New Zealand

About International Volunteer HQ

IVHQ is a pioneer of affordable and sustainable volunteer travel. Operating in 30 destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific, IVHQ enables volunteers to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to community projects in the areas of education, construction and renovation, childcare, conservation, wildlife and animal care, community development and social enterprise. Since its launch in 2007, IVHQ has helped more than 50,000 volunteers spend over 3 million hours supporting community projects abroad.

IVHQ has been about sustainability from the very beginning, with a strong social mission and a commitment to being transparent and responsible from the get-go. We became B Corp certified because we believe our own success depends on our ability to be a force for good in communities. We've always known that business is about much more than the bottom-line and the B Corp assessment provides a unique and valuable way of examining our positive social and environmental impact, especially as we continue to grow the number volunteers we support each year.

The Change We Seek®

IVHQ's mission to change the face of volunteer travel. They believe in a future where any traveler, anywhere in the world is empowered to make a meaningful difference in a community they are visiting. IVHQ aims to heighten global awareness and understanding through cultural exchange, and also seeks to encourage people all over the world to become more active citizens of their own community.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2015

Company Score

Median Score*



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.



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.



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).



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.



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.

Overall B Score

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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