Banyan Tree was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We employ an integrated and participatory approach, to minimise our impact while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations.
As stewards of responsible tourism, we have conceptualised our values in our “Brand for Good” framework to go beyond the precautionary approach and inspire exceptional experiences among our guests to “embrace the environment and empower people” at each of our locations.
Our resort is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations, as part of our continued effort to directly address the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life. In our first year, we as a Group managed to eliminate over 25% of targeted single-use plastic, meaning 1 in 4 of these items used will no longer be sent to landfill or end up polluting our environment.
At Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei, plastic items such as takeaway boxes and straws have been replaced with paper versions while plastic stirrers have been permanently removed.
Banyan Tree’s efforts connect with the issue of global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations, with external assurance by EarthCheck, the leading benchmarking certification within the travel and tourism industry.
BTCNCB use all energy saving lamp in the main-buildings including office area ,public area, outlets and guests’ room to appeal the resource conservation concept. And almost all the back house office use waste paper to make the storage box to hold the stationary.
Greening Communities Together
Our aim is to restore the natural environment, whilst raising awareness of climate change through tree-planting events, around the area in which we operate, with a current target of 2,000 trees per year. In the first ten years we planted almost half a million trees, and we aim to plant 25,000 during our 25th anniversary year.
Our Seedlings programme was created to nurture young people at risk of societal exclusion, providing vocational and life skills and education, and preparing them for life and work.
Earlier this year, Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei identified three students from Chengjiang Middle School for this programme, offering them full support for the school year. On top of that, three of our associates stepped up to be their personal mentor.
Supporting Local Communities
Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Banyan Tree’s ability to create value for local communities and this is achieved by empowering them through job creation, education, supporting artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travelers to local culture and heritage.
We aim to organise a minimum of four cleaning activities each year, to engage members of the local community, our guests and our associates with the need for effective waste management and to promote responsible consumption of resources and maintaining a healthy environment.
To Celebrate World Tourism Day, we had a sunset yoga session at Wangyue Pavilion, promoting the harmony of people and environment.
In celebration of Earth Hour, we held the a few activities to raise awareness on this movement:
1) Guests received an Earth Hour badge.
2) Invite guests to light on the candle in the Wangyue Pavilion.
3) There were also lotus lamps on for guests to set sail and send their best wishes for the planet.
4) For children, a joint colouring project was available for them to express their love and appreciation for the Earth
Banyan Tree Spa therapists offered complimentary five-minute massages for guests during the sunset ceremony, with the aim to help guests wind down for the day and raise awareness on wellness (and caring for the community!)