Planning or dreaming up a vacation this year? Why not aim ethically? Combine your consideration of beautiful, eco-friendly accommodations, local eats and low-impact transportation with big picture attention to a destination’s political stability, social standards and environmental ratings. Planet Green‘s list of 2011’s 10 Most Ethical Destination Countries presents Ethical Traveler’s research. Collecting data from a pool of highly reputed sources like the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a joint initiative between Yale and Columbia University, the UN Development Program (UNDP), and Amnesty International, they rank high-minded countries making strides in environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights.
Barbados ranks high thanks to their organization of the Caribbean Green Economic Conference for 2011, to discuss opportunities and challenges to developing a green economy in the region.
Costa Rica returned to the list, after falling off last year, due to increased efforts by recently elected president Laura Chinchilla to address human trafficking problems.
UNICEF scores on child mortality rates are one indicator of social welfare. In this category, Latvia scored particularly high.
Lithuania is the only country on the Ethical Destinations list to reach Tier 1 of the 2010 State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report.
To see what other destinations made the list, visit Planet Green.