Our social commitment

CERTIFICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (CST)

The Certification for Sustainable Tourism is a program that seeks to categorize and certify each tourism company according to the degree to which its operations comply with a model of sustainability.

The program evaluates four fundamental aspects:

1. Physical-biological parameters
Evaluates the interaction between the company and its surrounding natural habitat. It also evaluates the management policies and the operational systems within the company and its infrastructure, in terms of energy saving, water, pollution and waste handling policies and technology.

2. Service Management. Comprises the process where the company, considering all the internal and external elements, designs a product in accordance with the trends of the market and the proper characteristics of the country.

3. External Client: It evaluates the interaction of the company with its clients in terms of how much the company includes the client to be an active participant to the company's sustainability policies.

4. Socio-economic environment: It
 evaluates the identification and interaction with the surrounding communities, analyzing the degree of the companies contribution to their growth and development.

The CST program provides a system of "sustainability levels", on a scale from 0 to 5, in which each number indicates the relative position that a company complies with determined sustainability standards.

The CST represents a new element of competitiveness, where products are differentiated based on the sustainable practices in the company. It encourages the right management in the use of resources in the company by saving water, using energy efficiently, and having a positive impact in the environment. For tourists and customers, it is a guarantee that the company implements programs and plans to minimize its negative impacts on the environment and the community.

Sixt rent a car Costa Rica has been awarded with level 4 (4 leaves) of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism in 2014 and we continue working to achieve the maximum possible level. 

BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER WITH US

You can be a responsible traveler while you are on vacation in Costa Rica. Sixt Rent a car gives you the opportunity to participate and have a positive impact on the places you visit. All these environmental tips will help you to explore the city, visit our National Parks, have adventure, hike into the rainforest or simple enjoy your vacation, and at the same time you will be contributing to the well being of communities and to the conservation of our planet.

Enjoy your trip with these simple suggestions:

Driving with us 

  • Drive Carefully, respect the local speed limits 
  • Plan your route in advance, the use of GPS helps to look for the best routes to your destination.
  • Avoid jamming on the accelerator; it increases the polluting emissions, and wastes more fuel.
  • Reduce the load on your vehicle; do not carry unnecessary extra weight.
  • Check your tires, to make sure that they are adequately inflated at all times.
  • If you stop for more than a minute, turn off the engine.

Reducing waste

  • Carry your own water bottle and refill it during your trip.
  • Avoid excessive wrapping and plastic bags.
  • Prefer biodegradable soaps, organic sun block or bug repellent.
  • Use rechargeable batteries.

Use Electricity and water efficiently

  • Computers, air conditioning, lights, fans, TVs, radios, - if you are not using it - turn them off!
  • In case your hotel has a policy to minimize laundering, use towels several times.
  • Do no leave the faucet open while you brush your teeth or clean your face. Take short showers.

Discovering Nature

  • Do not feed, harass or touch wild animals.
  • Avoid collecting insects, flora and fauna without permission.
  • While visiting reserves or natural parks, always stay on the trails. Close gates behind you.
  • Prevent wearing perfume or any other strong scent or flashy clothes.
  • If you are observing animals of plants in the wild, do not move.
  • Never buy crafts, clothing, objects or other products made from materials such as turtle shells, coral or from endangered plants or animals.
  • Do not buy authentic archeological artifacts.
  • Do not throw away pharmaceuticals in the local water and/or soil (this is becoming a detectable problem in several countries, it affects aquatic organisms like fish and frogs).

Know what you eat

  • Buy and eat locally grown and locally processed foods. 
  • Do not eat foods that you know are from endangered or threatened species.

Staying outdoors

  • Avoid making fires.
  • Use toilets where they exist, if not, bury human waste in a hole 20cms deep. Human waste should be buried at least 50m from water sources.
  • Use biodegradable soaps or detergents.
  • Avoid washing shampoo or detergents off directly in rivers or the ocean.
  • Instead of using sunscreen or sun tan lotions, use a T-shirt when snorkeling or staying at the beach.

Traveling with kids

  • Teach your child about the local environmental issues. Point out good and bad practices. Every trip is an excellent opportunity to educate your children.
  • Encourage your child to snack on fruit rather than sweets, explain that fruit has a biodegradable wrapper!
  • Use cotton diapers or biodegradable diapers with your babies.

Cultural Sensitivity

  • Learn a few words of the local language, it is convenient and it helps you to connect with your host.
  • Be respectful of the privacy of local residents.
  • Respect their cultural differences, language and dress. Ask permission in advance before entering sacred places or houses, and when taking someone’s picture.
  • Buy hand crafted goods and souvenirs produced by local craftsman.

When going back home

Apply these tips at home and consider participating or contributing in this important effort to protect the Earth.

Learn more about the Best Practices for the environment. Tell your friends and family how you incorporated sustainable practices into your trip, you may inspire them to do the same!  Together we can make a difference!

Give Back

In Costa Rica, we have interesting volunteer opportunities with environmentally oriented organizations. If you have time and interest, support these efforts by volunteering.

Plant a tree and help the environment 

Trees liter pollution from the air, help to prevent soil loss, help recycle water and make food for humans and wildlife.

Always…

PROTECT nature and the natural treasures.

RESPECT the environment and the local culture and traditions.

PRESERVE local resources.

REUSE, RECYCLE and REDUCE.

SIXT's ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENTS

The communities in which we live and work are important to us, that is why we are committed to environmental stewardship, and we’re putting our commitment into action.

At Sixt Rent a Car, we:

  • Provide the highest quality in all our services according to our clients’ expectations, all in compliance with our environmental policies. We encourage the feedback from clients to improve constantly our services.
  • Are committed to intensify our efforts to protect and contribute to better environmental and social conditions in our communities.
  • Provide our transportation services considering energy efficiency, to avoid the unnecessary consumption of fuel, noise and pollution.
  • Carry out a preventive maintenance program; all our rental vehicles are serviced per the manufacturer guidelines to ensure optimum performance and longevity.
  • Provide information that is accurate and updated, responding to standards of quality, efficiency and expertise.
  • Minimize waste in our offices; we use products that are recycled, biodegradable, returnable or recyclable.
  • Recycle tires, oils and other hazardous wastes. We provide training to our staff on the handling of dangerous materials and their proper disposal.
  • Have programs to minimize carbon dioxide emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Have programs to encourage our staff and motivate them in the performance of their work duties.
  • Support communities, respect and protect our local cultures. We respect their cultural integrity, beliefs and values. All our employees are committed to complying with our environmental policies and actions. They participate in our projects to protect the environment through recycling program.
  • Have programs and constant campaigns to reduce the use of Energy and water.
  • Minimize the use of resources, to reduce the generation of waste.
  • Select our personnel to offer the best, with a team of experts that can help you when renting a car in our company.  Our personnel work great passion, are creative, respectful and friendly.
  • Develop occupational safety and health plans to provide the best working conditions for our staff.
  • Organize internal training programs to guarantee quality services to all our clients.
  • Encourage our suppliers and partners to become an active part of the environmental programs, by establishing their own environmental practices and policies. We give priority to those suppliers who are committed to environmental practices.
  • Comply with all the laws and regulations for natural areas, cultural beliefs and business development. 

WE PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX TOURISM

The Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism is a problem that affects all countries. This problem is caused by locals or foreigners who travel to the country as tourists or travelers for this purpose. The Commercial Sexual exploitation is the use of minors, with or without their consent, for the sexual gratification of adults in exchange for money or any other good. Children, who are involved in this problem, are not guilty, they are victims.

The Tourism World’s Code of Ethics was issued by the World Tourism Organization and consists of a scheme to ensure the sustainability of tourism and reduce its negative impact in all destinations, by setting clear rules that apply for all countries. Its main purpose is that all countries fight and punish strictly this crime.

THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN COSTA RICA

The Code of Conduct is an initiative of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and ECPAT (End child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.) It seeks ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. In Costa Rica, in October of 2003, the Code of Conduct began as a project from the tourism industry, sponsored by the Paniamor Foundation, with the support of the Costa Rica Tour Operators’ Association (ACOT), and the Costa Rican Association of Professionals in Tourism (ACOPROT), which now the Costa Rican Tourism Board is in charge of its implementation.

SIXT RENT A CAR COMMITMENTS

Sixt Rent a Car rejects any form of exploitation and especially the sexual exploitation that affects children and adolescents. In Compliance with the Law Nr. 7899 against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of minors, Sixt Rent a Car will cancel any contract with companies or people, who facilitate, contribute, tolerate or promote sexual exploitation of Children. 

Sixt Rent a car signed the Code of Conduct last October 23rd, 2012, and we have established policies and procedures to act against any situation that threatens the Costa Rican legislation either by staff, suppliers, customers or anybody that has a relationship with our company.

Therefore, to implement the Code of Conduct, Sixt Rent a Car meets the following criteria:

  • We have established policies and procedures against sexual exploitation of children. 
  • We have trained our employees in children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation and how to report suspected cases. 
  • We included a clause in contracts throughout the value chain stating a common repudiation and zero tolerance policy of sexual exploitation of children.
  • We provide information to travellers on children’s rights, the prevention of sexual exploitation of children and how to report suspected cases. 
  • We support, collaborate and engage stakeholders in the prevention of sexual exploitation of children.
  • We report annually on the implementation of Code related activities.

In Sixt Rent a Car, we protect children from any form of Sex Tourism. In Costa Rica, the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and adolescents is a crime punished by Law with convictions ranging from 12 to 18 years in prison.  

For further information about the Code of Conduct, please follow this link: paniamor.org/incidencia/pescnna.html 

 To report or file a complaint, please call free:  911 from any phone.