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.
Banyan Tree Lijiang has been the recipient of various industry-recognized awards for our compliance to the most stringent environmental practices and commitment to corporate social responsibility.
EarthCheck Gold Certification
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, awarded our hotel the Gold Certification. We strive to continue exceeding expectations in the area of conserving resources, caring for the community and operating responsibly.
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.
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.
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 Lijiang provides scholarships to fund youths who face financial challenges in the area of education.
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.
NaXi Bonfire Dance
Banyan Tree Lijiang carries out the naxi Bonfire Dance to connect guests with the local culture. Every Saturday, the team will set the stage for the local naxi performers at hotel central platform and invite all guests to join in.
As a Group that cares for the local community, we welcome guests to join us in supporting the schools in the nearby villages.
Learn about dongba pictography (or characters), one of the earliest pictographs of human beings that recorded the activities of people living in harmony with nature in the ancient times. The pictographs also contain information of the naxi people’s spiritual beliefs. In effort to preserve and appreciate this culture, Banyan Tree Lijiang invites guests to participate in the dongba pictography experience where guests can learn how to interpret and write the characters.