Soneva Foundation is redefining how business can have a positive impact and a greater purpose.


The MISSION of the Soneva Foundation (SF) is to support the development of projects that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact.

Why is it important?

Soneva itself is built on the belief that a business must exist for a greater purpose than shareholder returns. In addition, the Soneva Foundation uses impact investing principles seeking to recover outlays through carbon finance, which in turn will be fed back into projects that help extend the benefits to more families. Soneva Foundation also strives to offset carbon emissions from resort activities and guest flights.

How do they do it?

Soneva Foundation works at a community level to bring tangible change to people’s lives while simultaneously working with global leaders to shape policy.

Through Soneva Foundation’s partnership programs they’ve managed to make such positive impacts as teaching Maldivian children to swim safely in the ocean while providing safe drinking water to 750,000 people around the world. Other such programs like their Stoves Campaign have provided over 250,000 people in Darfur and Myanmar with fuel-efficient stoves that reduce deforestation and indoor air pollution while Soneva Foundation’s Forest Restoration Project has planted over 500,000 trees in Thailand, creating over 300 acres of rich biodiverse forest.

How you can #TravelKindly:

  • Choose Soneva Foundation as your local charity when you book with Kind Traveler.
  • At SF’s request, use the WWF Footprint calculator to determine your impact and how you can make steps to reduce your carbon footprint. https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/
  • Join SF’s Ocean Stewards for a beach clean-up day.

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