Sustainability

Our Philosophy

Achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

At Northern Escape Collection, we are passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and making a positive one on the community. We believe that turning a profit and supporting these two areas can go hand-in-hand.

Sustainability lies at the core of who we are as a business and we use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the framework to help focus our efforts with the mission of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

At the properties within the collection, we are continuously expanding our efforts to tackle these issues by focusing on the goals where we think we can have the most impact.

Northern Escape Collection’s parent company the Morris Group also supports community projects related to these goals through its Philanthropic foundation the Morris Family Foundation.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Toxic free cleaning; we use e-water as a cleaning product instead of harsh cleaning chemicals
  • We plant trees. Our partnership with Rainforest Rescue allows us to assist in the reforestation of areas of the Daintree that have been impacted by human development
  • We aim to minimise the use of single-use plastics and packaging throughout the property, kitchen, restaurant and rooms. We provide guests with reusable drink bottles, keep cups and other amenities to minimise waste

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Our properties work with local suppliers in the Far North Queensland region to source local, organic, free range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably farmed produce and products

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • We support Gambina’s ‘Journey 2 Jobs’ program, that assists Indigenous Australians in obtaining an education and gaining meaningful employment
  • We believe in equitable education and are a strong supporter of One Girl, a charity with the goal of educating one million girls across Africa to assist in their personal development and the sustainable development of the community at large

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • We commissioned custom made bags from social enterprise Bibi and Me made by vulnerable single mother’s in Nakuru Kenya as a beach basket for guests, with option to purchase
  • We are a supporter of the local economy, working with local suppliers for everything from food and beverage to art and activities offered to our guests
  • Our partnership with Thrive Refugee Enterprise allows us to help refugees in finding decent employment when arriving in Australia, to assist them in achieving long-term financial security

Sustainability at our properties

Eco Certification

Daintree Ecolodge and Orpheus Island Lodge are proud to be Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism Properties and Climate Action Businesses.