Germany ranked as highly as it did thanks to the fact it has the highest level of animal welfare protection possible, according to the Global Animal Law Project, as well as a gender inequality score of only 0.072, making it the 5th best country in the world for gender equality.
The country also scored the highest possible score of 1 in the ITUC Global Rights Index, with “irregular violation of [workers] rights”, making it one of only 12 countries to get this score. Germany also came 17th in the Global Peace Index, and 9th in the positive peace report.
Following Germany, the top 10 countries are:
5. New Zealand
9. Czech Republic
Austria and Iceland ranked highly for similar reasons to Germany, although Iceland was awarded a very low score for animal welfare protection, with only basic national laws in place to protect animals. On the other hand, Iceland had the highest score for human rights protection in 2014 – although it has gone down since 2012. Iceland also came 6th for gender inequality, and 1st in the Global Peace Index. Austria also scored highly across these categories, coming 3rd in the Global Peace Index, and ranking among the top 12 countries in the world for workers’ rights.
We were thrilled to see our destinations of Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Argentina all rank in the top 50. Uruguay is the top 28th country in the world for human rights protections, while Argentina is in the top 100 in the Global Peace Index. Chile, Uruguay, and Costa Rica also all scored highly for gender equality.
The results by continent are as below:
- Best country for ethic travel in Europe: Germany
- Best country for ethic travel in South America: Chile
- Best country for ethic travel in North America: Canada
- Best country for ethic travel in Oceania: New Zealand
- Best country for ethic travel in Asia: Japan
- Best country for ethic travel in Africa: Botswana
To compile the Travel Morality Index, we used the following methodology. We analysed a variety of studies and surveys of ethical travellers, and aspects of societies that would be considered ethical in order to determine what is looked for from a travel destination. The elements we found to be important were:
- Human Rights
- Animal Welfare
- Gender Equality
- Workers’ Rights
- State of Peace
In order to identify exactly what each destination had to offer, we searched through a variety of different sources. One source we looked at that would typically be considered one of the most important factors when assessing the morality of a country was the human rights protection, alongside what laws are in place to protect the rights of animals. We also added in the rate of gender equality, and worker’s rights, in order to assess the morality of each country at a base level.
For each of the above categories, we scored each country from 1-5 (with 5 being the highest) and then added these scores together in order to get our final MTI score, with a total of 30 being available.
The full dataset is available upon request.