Banyan Tree was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We employ an integrated and participatory approach, to minimizing our impact while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations.
As stewards of responsible tourism, we have conceptualized 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.
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.
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.
Banyan Tree’s efforts connect with the issue of global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations, with external assurance by Earth Check, the leading benchmarking certification within the travel and tourism industry. At Banyan tree Hangzhou/Angsana Hangzhou, all light bulbs are changed to energy saving LED bulbs. Also installed are water-saving machines for all guestrooms.
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 organizing 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.
Earth Hour is a global energy-saving activity proposed by WWF in response to global climate change, hoping that individuals, communities, businesses and governments can turn off lights for 1 hour each year. Banyan Tree
Hangzhou/Angsana Hangzhou holds Earth Hour activities every year and invites guests to participate in them to show our support to action on climate change.
Making DIY Handbag
Banyan Tree Hangzhou/Angsana Hangzhou warmly invites guests to participate in the sustainable development of environmental protection. One such activity was to invite children to DIY their own environmental-friendly handbags. Through this activity, kids exercised their creativity and became more aware on environmental.