Best Social Responsibility Initiative

About the award

Youth, student and educational travel provides a strong vehicle to foster intercultural understanding, social interaction and harmony. The San Diego Declaration highlights the importance for the industry of ‘optimising the social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits to stakeholders in destinations’ through ‘promoting the principles of fair trade, inclusive economic development and protection of human rights for the economically poor and socially vulnerable’.

We are proud that WYSE Travel Confederation members and WYSTC delegates work hard to create life-changing travel opportunities for young people across the globe. But what about the social impact of their activities? The Global Youth Travel Award for Social Responsibility recognises organisations that give back to the local or global community through innovative social projects.


Open to all socially responsible youth, student and educational travel providers.


We are looking for an inspiring example of an organisation giving back to the community. Examples might include efforts in sustainability, business ethics, best practices, development or activities such as sponsorship of a local charity, running a not-for-profit initiative or even a full-scale Corporate and Social Responsibility programme.

Entry criteria

The following factors are taken into account when selecting the winner:

  • Tangible positive social outcomes

  • Humanitarian intent

  • Community outreach and engagement

  • Management and staff involvement

  • Lasting impacts

2016 Winner

Last year’s winner of the award was STA Travel.

Fill in the form below to enter the competition for the Best Social Responsibility Initiative.