International Human Solidarity Day 2023: How Business Travellers Can Connect the World

Five human hands on brown wooden surface. International Human Solidarity Day, we're better when we're united.

Beyond meetings and deadlines, International Human Solidarity Day reminds us that our business trips extend far beyond ourselves. As we navigate continents and seal deals, we have the opportunity to connect with the human stories woven into every destination. This year, let’s harness the power of business travel to bridge borders, build hope, and contribute to a more sustainable world.

The United Nations defines International Human Solidarity Day as a “day to celebrate our unity in diversity. It’s a day to recognize the challenges we face collectively and commit to working together towards a more just and equitable future. That’s how solidarity can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015, a blueprint for a better world by 2030.

For business travellers, International Human Solidarity Day presents an opportunity to align our journeys with these ambitious goals, including poverty eradication. Here are 3 simple ways we can make a difference through solidarity with sustainable travel:

1. Choose Eco-Conscious Accommodation:

  • Seek hotels and serviced apartments committed to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy). Look for options with locally sourced seasonal food, energy efficient bulbs, and renewable energy sources.
  • Opt for sustainable transportation options. Encourage the use of public transportation, electric vehicles, and carpooling.
  • Minimise waste whilst travelling. Pack light, avoid single-use plastics, and support hotels and serviced apartments with recycling programs.

2. Champion Local Businesses:

  • Go beyond the chain restaurants and explore bustling markets and stalls. This supports SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and helps spread the wealth.
  • Seek out locally-made souvenirs and crafts. This empowers communities and preserves cultural heritage, aligning with SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).
  • Learn a few key phrases in the local language. This shows respect, opens doors, and fosters heartwarming connections, contributing to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

3. Volunteer Your Time on International Human Solidarity Day and Beyond:

  • Dedicate a few hours on your trip to volunteering with a local NGO or charity. This supports SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and allows you to witness the power of human connection firsthand.
  • Participate in environmental conservation initiatives, like planting trees or cleaning up beaches. This contributes to SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 14 (Life Below Water).
  • Share your skills and expertise with local communities. Offer workshops or seminars on topics relevant to your profession. This aligns with SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) and empowers local communities.

By embracing these simple yet impactful actions, business travellers can become agents of positive change on International Human Solidarity Day and beyond. Every choice we make during business travel, from the hotels or service apartments we choose to the experiences we support, can contribute to a more sustainable, equitable, and connected world.

Let’s pack our bags with kindness, connect with the human stories around us, and make every business trip a testament to our shared humanity.

Remember, the power of solidarity is limitless. Together, we can make a difference, one journey at a time. That’s why at Clooper, we believe business travel can be a force for good. Every booking you make with us goes towards planting a tree and feeding a person in need. Plus, you can book sustainable hotels and serviced apartments. Find out more here.