Angsana 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.
Angsana Laguna Phuket 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 Silver Certification Status
EarthCheck, the world's leading scientific benchmarking and certification group for sustainable tourism, awarded our resort Silver Certification as recognition for continuous certification since 2015 which incorporates annual measurement of operational indicators such as energy; emissions; water, waste and paper use; chemical and pesticide use; and community involvement.
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.
In 2018, Angsana Laguna Phuket piloted food reduction with Winnow (www.winnowsolutions.com) resulting and achieved in food waste reductions of 84% and 22% from staff and guest outlets respectively.
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.
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.
Mentorship: Young people between the age of 12 and 18 are mentored by volunteering associates who’ve undergone mentor training.
Scholarships: Angsana provides financial support for young people who face challenges in affording to continue their education.
Seedlings Café was established as a social enterprise concept to empower marginalised local young adults through vocational training and job opportunities and to equip them with the life skills required to forge successful careers in the hospitality businessindustry. The restaurant is one of Laguna Phuket’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and has been supported by the Banyan Tree Global Foundation since its inception.
The programme is One year long and provides students with year programme of food and beverage skills F&B training at Angsana, Banyan Tree properties under the Banyan Tree Group as well as and Seedlings Café, further strengthened with training in English language and computer skills classes.
In partnership with both the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Welfare, Phuket, more than half of the graudates have worked at Seedlings Café. Out of those graduates, eight of them are still working at the restaurant today. 75 interns have joined, 38 have now graduated, and 22 of those were employed at Seedlings Phuket and 8 are still working at the restaurant. Many of the graduates and previously-employed students are now working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Phuket and neighbouring provinces.
Supporting Local Communities
Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Angsana’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.
Angsana Laguna Phuket as part of Laguna Phuket has supported sea turtle conservation programmes in Phuket since 2011. Our efforts focus on raising funds and awareness to in support of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) and the Royal Thai Navy. To date, Laguna Phuket has released 2,105 sea turtles and have been released by Laguna Phuket andraised 7 million Baht raised since 1994.
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.
Monthly Alms Giving
“Doing Good Deeds allows Receiving Good Deeds and Merits.” Experience a meaningful ritual through our monthly alms-giving ceremony, also known as “Tak Bard”. During the ceremony, devotees give alms Alms giving, our monthly “Tak Bard” ceremony to the monks and monk ritual and in return receive the blessings.s of the monks.
Happy Friday - Stay for Good
Make Laguna Phuket Your Home by taking part in one of our CSR initiatives during your stay. “Happy Friday - Stay for Good” is our weekly activity that promotes good citizenship and volunteerism among our guests and associates. A variety of do-good and& feel-good activities include volunteering with ourare available at our Fully Booked! Mobile Learning Centre (MLC) , or joining our Happy Friday Activity at Laguna Phuket Kindergarten.
Cooking Class with Seedlings
Be a part of our commitment to empowering youths through the Seedlings programme. With a dedicated young chef, learn about local spices and make your own “Yam Pak Kood” (spicy vegetable salad with shrimp), an authentic dish from Phuket. *Seedlings is a social enterprise eatery concept aiming to empower young adults via vocational training, Seedlings Cafe leverages Angsana and Banyan Tree Food and Beverage expertise to create a lasting positive impact upon host communities.