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 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.
Banyan Tree Tengchong 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 Bronze Certification
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, Since 1987, EarthCheck has helped businesses, communities and governments to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travellers to visit, live, work and play. EarthCheck awards Banyan Tree Tengchong as Bronze Member, for achieving EarthCheck Benchmarked Bronze status in 2015.
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.
We concern about the education of children, Banyan Tree Tengchong has the scholarship scheme for remote rural schools for supporting the outstanding students.
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.
Tengchong is located in the southwest of Yunnan, there are many minority nations living together, they have many specific festivals, the most popular one is the Water Sprinkling Festival. Every year at this time we will celebrate with local people and invited guest to join with us.
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.
Rattan is traditional handicraft in Tengchong. It ‘s known as one of “three treasures “ of Tengchong. A Rattan requires a complicated process . In order to let more people know this traditional craft, Banyan Tree Tengchong invited the old craftsman to tell our guests the story of Rattan, and guests also can experience how to make a rattan.
Shadow play is a folk drama Which figures are silhouetted in animal skins or cardboard to act out stories. It’s has long story in Tengchong. We invited shadow show troupe plays in resort regularly, and invite guest to attend the show. Meanwhile we organize guest to visit the troupe for learning the history of shadow play