Canada ranks in top ten most ethical destinations around the world

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Are ethical considerations high on your list of priorities when choosing a vacation destination?

CEOWorld Magazine has created a Travel Morality Index to help ethically-minded travellers select the most ethical destinations from around the world to visit.

The index uses research focused on six categories: human rights, animal welfare, gender equality, workers’ rights, global peace index and positive well-being feeling.

The goal of the index is simple: by praising countries that that have done an outstanding job in the fields of environmental protection, social welfare, human rights, and animal welfare, it will encourage others to do the same.

Germany placed first, with an overall score of 29 out of a possible 30, followed by Austria in second, with an overall score of 28. Iceland came in third with a score of 26. What’s more, Canada made the top ten, placing sixth overall.

CEOworld Magazine also notes that, “The lowest-ranking countries in the index include Yemen, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Tanzania.”

Most Ethical Destinations

  1. Germany
  2. Austria
  3. Iceland
  4. Netherlands
  5. New Zealand
  6. Canada
  7. Belgium
  8. Finland
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. France
  12. Ireland
  13. Australia
  14. Estonia
  15. Japan
  16. Norway
  17. Slovenia
  18. Croatia
  19. Italy
  20. Chile

Canada also recently ranked in the top ten happiest countries in world. Researchers note that the top-performing countries on the index tend to score high in key variables for well-being: income, life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.