Responsibility is one of the most important things for Kajo, which will be achieved by focusing on two main goals:
- Creating new ways of organizing big events more sustainably
- Educating our participants and staff to make more responsible decisions
What do responsibility and sustainability mean?
Sustainability means meeting our needs while making sure there will be enough resources for future generations. Sustainability is made of three pillars:
Social sustainability: things like equality and human rights
Environmental sustainability: conserving natural resources and protecting ecosystems
Economic sustainability: for example, thoughtful usage of money
Sustainability at Kajo is defined with UN sustainable development goals. We must consider these goals in order to make more sustainable decisions.
For Kajo this means understanding the environmental and equality situation of big camps. Kajo shows the way to paying attention to environmental sustainability and human rights and gives out important information about sustainability leading to future events.
Making events more sustainable
Kajo is enhancing sustainability in events in three different ways:
- Evaluating the responsibility of procurement and collaborators
- Reporting the sustainability acts
- Evaluating the climatic effects of the whole Kajo organization
To evaluate the responsibility of procurement and collaborators we’ve created a tool called traffic light service which guides this evaluation. The sustainability acts at Kajo will be reported in a way that others can learn from it and continue enhancing the solutions we have created. Meanwhile, we’re investing in communication about responsibility and keeping conversations about responsibility up. The sustainability report will be published in autumn 2022.
By evaluating the climatic effects of Kajo we can produce important information about arranging more sustainable events. The climatic effects are evaluated by counting the carbon footprint. By following the carbon footprint and its growth we can affect it already during Kajo. The final evaluation will produce information about decreasing the negative climatic effects of events.
In addition to these three points, each sector of the camp organization aims at sustainability and the Kajo goals.
Educating Kajo ISTs and participants into making sustainable decisions
Information and tools about responsibility and sustainable decisions will be given both to Kajo ISTs and participants. In the sustainability network of the camp organization, ISTs from different sectors can go through sustainability aspects as well as good practices. The network is used to provide information to each and every sector of the organization.
Responsibility can also be seen at Kajo on a daily basis. Kajo is guiding its participants to make more responsible and sustainable decisions and encourages them to make a positive influence on the world. This theme can be seen for example on the program.
Ethical guidelines can be found below. More information can be found also on the sustainable participation guide for local groups.
Responsibly Towards Kajo