KATE is an environment and development organisation working on issues of sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the North and South with special emphasis on:
- environmental management
- quality and sustainability management
- CSR – corporate social responsibility in tourism
- sustainable tourism in Latin America
- development education for fair globalisation and fair tourist
The KATE office has a sustainability management system in place which ensures regular evaluation and improvement of our own environmental, economic and social performance; it is certified according to EMAS, ISO 14001:2005 and ISO 9001:2000. KATE motivates people to turn society towards more democratic and ecological values and to globalise solidarity.
Since its foundation in the late 1990s KATE has not only been working in the field of reflection and education about the social and ecological impact of tourism, with special emphasis on Latin America, but has also successfully completed many advisory missions and participated in numerous European educational projects. KATE has organised surveys, events and dialogue with the tourism industry on the subject of corporate social responsibility (CSR) which since 2002 has been the focus of KATE’s work.
Together with the business advocacy group forumandersreisen, pilot companies and European partners a manual on CSR reporting standards in tourism was published as well as a system of CSR certification based on it.
KATE is a founding member of the European Alliance for Responsible Tourism & Hospitality (EARTH) and a representative of KATE is a board member of the alliance.