CSR Activities & Achievements
Embracing the Environment, Empowering People
As a socially-responsible business, Banyan Tree’s concept of sustainability seeks to create long-term value for multiple stakeholders and our triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental success helps direct sustainable development through inspiring associates, guests and partners to take a wider consideration encompassing a long-term view when making business decisions. We employ an integrated and participatory approach to minimise our impacts while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations.
Banyan Tree Samui has been the recipient of various industry-recognized awards for our compliance to the most stringent environmental practices.
EarthCheck Gold Certification
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, awarded our resort Gold Certification as recognition for 5 years of continuous certification which incorporates annual measurement of operational indicators such as energy; emissions; water, waste and paper use; chemical and pesticide use; and community involvement.
Green Hotel Award - Gold Certification
Thailand’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion awarded the ‘Green Hotel Award - Gold Certification’ to our resort as recognition for our commitment toward sustainable hotel practices. The certification – held on a biennial basis – recognizes the ongoing efforts and contributions made by hotels that efficiently manage energy, waste and natural resources.
Banyan Tree Samui is one of only three resorts on Samui that were able to achieve this distinguishable honour in both 2015 & 2017.
Recognised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the Thailand Tourism Awards, popularly known as the Kinnaree Awards, are held every two years, and have helped to promote the quality and high standards of Thai tourism services since 1996.
Following an intensive evaluation of our operations, service, standards, hygiene and training; Banyan Tree Spa Samui was the recipient of the ‘Award of Excellence for Best Resort Spa’, the highest recognition for all nominees throughout southern Thailand!
Plastic-Free Banyan Tree
Our resort is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by Earth day 2019 as part of our continued effort to directly address the detrimental effect that plastic is having on the environment and marine life.
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.
We follow a science-based approach to the conservation of sensitive ecosystems and threatened species. This supports positive action and engagement from our associates, guests and community members, connecting people to destinations and driving stewardship.
Greening Communities Together
Our aim is to raise awareness of climate change through tree-planting events, around the area in which we operate, with a target of 2,000 trees per 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. This two-phased programme supports mentorship and scholarships:
Mentorship: Young people between the age of 12 and 18 are mentored by volunteering associates who’ve undergone mentor training.
Scholarships: Banyan Tree provides financial support for young people who face challenges in affording to continue their education.
By organising cleaning activities, our goal is to remediate and cleanse natural resources or communities in order to maintain pristine conditions for our local surroundings.
Supporting the Local Community
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.
Coral Rejuvenation Project
With a long-term goal to enhance the abundance of reef-building species among the house reef of our resort, we initiated this small-scale project whereby storm-generated coral fragments are brought onshore and treated, before being re-planted on the reef and monitored over time.
Guided Snorkelling Tour
Explore the marine life of our house reef on this guided tour amid our private bay. Observe a vast variety of fish including Moorish Idols, Trumpetfish and Parrotfish. Keep your eyes open for the colony of Giant Clams or a Blue-Spotted Stingray lurking along the sea floor. A world of discovery awaits beneath the surface!
Sense of Nature Tour
Trek through our tropical sanctuary as you locate the various wildlife and plant life that call our resort home. Our team will guide you through the habitat in which we have seamlessly-integrated our resort. Hear the enchanting call of the wild and see the fascinating beauty of plants and flowers in the tropics!