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Our Commitment

On Necker Island, taking care of the environment and supporting the local community sit high on our agenda. From using renewable energy sources to strict food sourcing policies, from protecting endangered animals to supporting local entrepreneurs – we take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously.

Conserving the Environment

We put sustainability front and centre on Necker Island. Our three giant wind turbines, combined with our solar farm of over 1,230 panes, enables the island to run on up to 100% renewable energy every day. We have an extensive recycling programme in place, and we waved goodbye to plastic straws a long time ago, instead opting for bamboo straws. A water tank allows up to 300,000 gallons of water to be collected which is then repurposed and used for irrigation. Our culinary team put sustainable food sourcing and reducing food miles at the heart of every menu they create, while our teams proudly sport uniforms made from recycled ocean plastic.

Conserving Wildlife

Overseen by a dedicated wildlife specialist team, Necker Island has transformed into a habitat and natural breeding ground for several endangered species such as giant tortoises, rare Madagascan lemurs, lizards, and flamingos. In May 2021, we welcomed baby tortoises said to be the first Aldabra giant tortoises bred naturally anywhere in the world outside of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. Our lemur programme currently consists of seven different species, most of which are endangered species in their native Madagascar. Sir Richard Branson himself has also been working with our team on a project encouraging the flamingo population on island to breed – something done only in a handful of places worldwide.

Supporting the Community

Supported by Virgin Limited Edition and Virgin Unite, we work with Unite BVI, a not-for-profit foundation based in the British Virgin Islands focussed on bringing people, ideas and resources together to tackle community and environmental changes to benefit current and future generations. From improving education for local children, controlling the spread of mosquito-borne diseases as part of the BugOut BVI programme and, in partnership with The Branson Centre, supporting budding entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need.

Pack for a Purpose

Necker Island is a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows those travelling to the island to make a lasting impact in the local community by saving a little luggage space to bring supplies for schools in the area and medical clinics. Check out what supplies are needed for our community projects in the British Virgin Islands.

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