Banyan Tree was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We enforce 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.
Banyan Tree Lăng Cô, part of Laguna Lăng Cô, has been the recipient of various industry-recognised awards for our compliance to the most stringent environmental practices and commitment to corporate social responsibility.
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, has awarded Laguna Lăng Cô with Silver Certification for three consecutive years and the property is on track for a consecutive fourth. The prestigious awards demonstrate the property’s strong commitment towards being a sustainable tourism operator and is a testimony of its leading role in the hospitality industry.
Award for Corporate Social Responsibility
Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s effort in contributing to and giving back to the community in Vietnam has been recognised by the Australian Chamber of Commerce. This award highlights the initiatives and commitment of the hotel and its positive impact on surrounding communities.
Plastic-Free Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is committed to our brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from our operations, as part of our continued efforts 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 plastics, meaning one in four of these items used will no longer be sent to landfills or end up polluting our 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.
Pay a visit to our 10,000-square-metre organic farm launched in 2014 to learn about a cycled model which utilises worm farming as the source of nutrition. The farm provides a fresh supply of vegetables, herbs and teas for our kitchen and spa as well as an ideal destination for you to have a fun family eco-experience and a learning opportunity for your children on organic agricultural production.
Greening Communities Together
Our aim is to restore the natural environment whilst raising awareness on 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 10 years, the Banyan Tree Group planted almost half a million trees, and aims to plant 25,000 during its 25th anniversary year.
Seedlings Mentorship Programme
The 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. After graduation, all trainees have found jobs and some are recruited to work at various departments within the Banyan Tree family. In addition to vocational training, a range of life skills such as compassion, teamwork, presentation skills and various social issues like protection against child abuse are also introduced monthly to Seedlings trainees. In the future, Seedlings trainees will be well-equipped with knowledge and skills to become successful global citizens.
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 travellers to local culture and heritage.
The Swimming for Safety programme is organised every year for local pupils at primary schools to learn swimming skills and how to handle emergencies like drowning, with support from experienced teachers. A total of 300 students from local schools benefited from this programme last year.
We aim to organise a minimum of four clean-up activities each year, to engage members of the local community, local authorities, our guests and our associates with the need for effective waste management and to promote responsible consumption of resources and maintain a healthy environment. Last year, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô collected 659kg of waste from five locations at Loc Vinh commune.
Guest Engagement Activities - Let’s Talk
With the aim to improve the English proficiency of high school students, we created an English programme – Let’s Talk – environment to build students’ confidence in speaking English. Banyan Tree Lăng Cô conducts this programme at two local high schools, covering different topics each week. They hold discussions and other for students to practice communicating in English. Through this programme, students also gain knowledge and experience of the global issues and various traditional cultures through their interactions with people from different countries.
Guest Engagement Activities - Silent World Art Exhibition
Banyan Tree’s Silent World art exhibition reveals the beautiful minds and expressions of children with physical and mental handicaps, caused by the use of Agent Orange during the US conflict. By purchasing these artworks, guests can bring home a piece of Vietnam, contribute to a fund for the development and operation of local social assistance centres, and offer encouragement for the young artists as well.
Golf training for juniors
Sports play an important role in children’s physical and mental development. Having an 18-hole, par-71 championship course at Laguna Lăng Cô enables Banyan Tree to engage young talent from local secondary schools in periodical golf training sessions and international golf competitions. These activities are not merely golf lessons, but also unique opportunities for locally residing youngsters to experience a real tournament, and feel pride in the presence of a championship golf course in their hometown.