Untours

Vacation packages

Media, Pennsylvania

United States

untours.com

About Untours

Untours is a tour operator offering apartment-based vacations in Europe and thoughtful travel options around the world. The Untour vacation package focuses on cross-cultural connection, with apartments tucked into real communities, ground transportation, and a local to welcome you into the culture and help you make the most of your time exploring. Untours was founded in 1975.

The staff at Untours is passionate about European travel. Most have been with the company for 15 or more years and enjoy regular travel to Europe. Employee wellness and education are subsidized by the company, staff is offered paid time off to volunteer in the community, and employees enjoy generous vacation and flex time. The company buys carbon offsets for staff travel and commutes and generates its own energy with an 18.8 kW solar installation on its roof. Meanwhile, worms compost staff lunch scraps.

We support the goal of creating a new sector of the economy in which companies like ours are recognized and valued for our emphasis on the triple bottom line. We became a B Corporation so we could identify ourselves as a member of this new sector.

The Change We Seek®

Untours’ mission is to foster a healthy and healing society that unites people of different cultures and economic statuses. They feel it is imperative to reconnect people to each other and to the earth. They hope that as a company they can be the change they wish to see in the world.

Untours is owned by the nonprofit Untours Foundation, which was founded by Hal and Norma Taussig as a way to invest the profits of their travel company in the community. Most of Untours' profits are given to the Untours Foundation for the purpose of social investing. In 1999, Untours won an award from Paul Newman and John F. Kennedy, Jr., for having the Most Generous Business in the United States.

The Untours Foundation invests in projects and organizations that create economic opportunity in places where it is most needed. This includes boosting Fair Trade, funding innovators in the green economy, and seeding local economies in economically challenged communities. Its very low interest loans and mentoring of new businesses give investees “a hand up and not a hand out” as its founder liked to say.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2007
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.

11
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.

20
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).

7
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.

37
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.

18
6
Overall B Score
93
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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Company Highlights: 

Environment: Carbon neutral; >50% of carbon inventory offset; >50% of energy comes from renewable sources

Employees: 50% of employees offered reimbursement for continuing education; Pays for employees to travel to Untours' European destinations; Pays all employees a living wage; >6% of net profits included in profit sharing plan

Community: Invests nearly 100% of profits toward poverty alleviation; >50% of ownership in same community as 2/3 of workforce; >50% of employees are women; >25% of employees participate in companywide service days

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Foundation

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