Rooted in our corporate ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of our hotels are planted. To learn more about the comprehensive and encompassing initiatives of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, please click here.
EMBRACING THE ENVIRONMENT - SUSTAINABILITY
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.
Plastic-Free Banyan Tree
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.
We have provided our guests with paper straws and paper take-away boxes. There are no plastic bags in the bins in each room to minimize our plastic consumption and reduce our impact on the local environment.
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.
At Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund, we run the project “Clean Your Plate” to minimize food wastage as well as reduce the environmental impact associated with the management and disposal of this waste. To achieve this purpose, this project is inseparable from the support of our associates, guests and community members.
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.
Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund supports two students of good character and provides them with student allowance every year to motivate them and prepare them for life and work in the future.
Supporting Local Communities
Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Banyan Tree’s ability to create value for local communities. 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.
We invite in-house guests to support and participate in our yearly “Earth Hour” event to switch off the lights for one hour on a certain night. We aim to send a positive message together with the World Wide Fund for Nature to world leaders, businesses, and individuals that the time to act is now to “SECURE THE FUTURE OF OUR HOME”.